Kyoko Miyake and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new film Tokyo Idols, Tokyo "idol culture," loneliness, relationships, clever business models, and how to find love in hyper modern societies.
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"Idols" has fast become a phenomenon in Japan as girl bands and pop music permeate Japanese life. Tokyo Idols, an eye-opening film, gets at the heart of a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and Internet popularity.
This ever-growing phenomenon is told through Rio, a bona fide "Tokyo idol" who takes us on her journey toward fame. Now meet her "brothers:" a group of adult middle aged male super fans (ages 35 to 50) who devote their lives to following her -- in the virtual world and in real life. Once considered to be on the fringes of society, the "brothers" who gave up salaried jobs to pursue an interest in female idol culture have since blown up and have now become mainstream via the internet, illuminating the growing disconnect between men and women in hypermodern societies.
With her provocative look into the Japanese pop music industry and its focus on traditional beauty ideals, filmmaker Kyoko Miyake confronts the nature of gender power dynamics at work. As the female idols become younger and younger, Miyake offers a critique on the veil of internet fame and the new terms of engagement that are now playing out IRL around the globe.
Born in Japan, Kyoko Miyake studied history at Tokyo University and then moved to Britain to research the history of witchcraft at Oxford. Her film Brakeless won a Peabody Award after airing on PBS and BBC.
Her first film, My Atomic Aunt, was supported by the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, BBC, WDR, and NHK, and it was recently broadcast on PBS. Hackney Lullabies won the Berlin Today Award at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival.
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With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.
Image: Kyoto Miyake. Eye Steel Films. Used with permission.
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