Fri, Jan 12th 6:00pm
Thu, Jan 18th 6:00pm
Gene Siskel Film Center
of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
164 N. State Street | Chicago, IL 60601

Tickets and Info:

This documentary takes an inside look at the uniquely Japanese cult surrounding young female J-pop stars known as “idols,” a phenomenon sustained largely by scores of middle-aged men. The girls — bouncy, cute, some underage — energetically belt out saccharine rock anthems in tightly choreographed routines, while their aging male fans dance and sing along with frenzied fervor, spending freely on overpriced merchandise and ritualized “handshake” events with tame but distinctly erotic undertones. Director Miyake focuses on mega-star teen diva RioRio, who is at a turning point, admitting at age nineteen that she’s almost too old for fan tastes. On the flip side, the film examines the cult of the idols’ fans, consisting of lonely single men whose fetishized fixation on these barely legal girls has nurtured a billion-dollar industry. In Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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