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Tokyo Idols

"A fascinating must-see documentary which
explores the disturbing world of super-fandom"
—SLASHFILM

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J-Pop phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and internet fame

About The Director

Kyoko is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker from Japan. Her documentary Brakeless was supported by BBC / ITVS / IKON / NHK / DR and won the prestigious Peabody Award 2014 after airing to great acclaim on BBC and PBS. Kyoko’s first feature-length documentary, My Atomic Aunt (aka Beyond the Wave) was internationally coproduced by broadcasters including BBC, NHK and WDR and supported by numerous grants such as Sundance. It has been screened at festivals across the world, winning Gold Plaque at Chicago International Film Festival.

Kyoko is currently developing her first feature film, Femme Fatale, with Freddy Olsson (Sweden) and Guillaume de Seille (France). The project has been selected by Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation for L’Atelier which selects 15 projects from promising young directors from all over the world.

Several short documentaries Kyoko directed have been shown at festivals internationally including Berlin, London, Sydney and SilverDocs. Hackney Lullabies won the Berlin Today Award 2011 at the Berlin Film Festival. Mrs. Birks’ Sunday Roast, commissioned through Film London’s scheme has been added to the British Film Institute’s National Archive collection, and enjoyed a successful 2-week run at the IFC Center New York in 2011. Kyoko has been selected for prestigious schemes such as Berlinale Talent Campus, Japanese government’s Artists Grant, Talent Campus Tokyo, Crossing Borders, Documentary Campus, and Pola Art Foundation Grant.

Kyoko left Japan to study history of English witchcraft at Oxford as a Swire Centenary Scholar, having studied English history at Tokyo University. While studying and working for British and Japanese media, she picked up a camera to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a filmmaker and started to make short films on her own.

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Credits

DIRECTOR KYOKO MIYAKE
PRODUCERS FELIX MATSCHKE, BOB MOORE, KYOKO MIYAKE
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY VAN ROYKO
EDITOR ANNA PRICE
COMPOSER DAVID DRURY
SOUND DESIGNER TYLER FITZMAURICE
LINE PRODUCER VALERIE SHAMASH
POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISORS EDMUND DUFF AND VICTOR SANDRASAGRA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS DANIEL CROSS, MILA AUNG-THWIN, JUTTA KRUG, NICK FRASER, KATE TOWNSEND, MARGJE DE KONING, AXEL ARNO, TORE TOMTER, METTE HOFFMANN MEYER, MELISSA KAJPUST, MAUREEN LEVITT & JULIE DI CRESCE

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PRESS

“Tokyo Idols also gives a necessary platform to journalist Minori Kitahara, a vocal critic of how the idol movement protects male fantasies and the objectification of women, for which she’s received major backlash.”
SF WEEKLY
THE CHICAGO READER
“Tokyo Idols offers a complex look at a cultural phenomenon that could just as easily have been glossed over as another example of Japanese oddness.”
—FILM INQUIRY
“Tokyo Idols is a fascinating and well-made look into a world where teenage girls seek fame and fortune and men get first-hand access to the women of their dreams, and the problematic sexual politics that follow.” 
—DECIDER
“Miyake peels back the layers to reveal complex roots in Japan’s economic depression, technological developments, loneliness and failure, gender dynamics, and escapism from stifling cultural pressures.”
—THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT
“This eye-opening documentary looks at the idol industry – with its seemingly endless supply of squeaky, cutesy, Manga-styled schoolgirl pop stars – and its principle consumers, predominantly adult males.”
SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

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