Tokyo Idols

Tokyo Idols
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DVD Details

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: October 3, 2017
  • Originally Released: 2017
  • Label: Kimstim

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 11
A lively inquiry that reveals more contradictions than consensus. Full Review
Hollywood Reporter
Jan 21, 2017
With this fascinating and troubling documentary, Kyoko Miyake investigates the Japanese phenomenon of very young female pop singers, known as idols, who cater to a passionate fan base of grown men. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Sep 25, 2018
Rating: 2/4 -- Director Kyoko Miyake attempts to demystify the scene, which has so infected the West's general view of Japanese pop culture, but comes up short each time, every new theory encountering contradictions and uneasy conclusions. Full Review
Globe and Mail
Apr 26, 2017
Rating: 4/5 -- Tokyo Idols is a fascinating look behind the curtain of the idol phenomenon in Japan. For all its faults, it works as an intriguing character study, giving its viewers a unique opportunity to observe this craze that has been sweeping over Asia. Full Review
Mar 1, 2017
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. Full Review
Jun 18, 2018
It's not a movie so much about idol culture as for it, with Miyake trying to knock idol culture back into reality. Full Review
Jan 26, 2017
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. Full Review
SF Weekly
Aug 31, 2017

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IDOLS has fast become a phenomenon in Japan as girl bands and pop music permeate Japanese life. This eye-opening film gets at the heart of a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and internet popularity. Filmmaker Kyoko Miyake takes a provocative look into the Japanese pop music industry and its focus on traditional beauty ideals, and confronts the gender power dynamics at work.


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  • Sales Rank: 100,630
  • UPC: 698452213538
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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