Big Sky Film Series - Tokyo Idols

Tue May 23 2017, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

The Big Sky Film Series is a regular documentary screening series free and open to the public. The first event of the 2017 season features TOKYO IDOLS with filmmaker Kyoko Miyake in attendance at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, Tuesday May 23 at 7:00pm. Join us for a filmmaker reception at the Union Club following the film.

“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 – 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.

Mature content - age 18+ suggested

Location: MCT Center for the Performing Arts 200 N Adams Street Missoula, MT