Tokyo Idols

by Kyoko Miyake

Digital Revolutionᶟ - The Millennials

(Regno Unito, Canada / 2017 / 89’)

Tokyo Idols: perfect teenage girls are a huge success in Japanese mass culture. Always smiling, miniature copies of singers, dancers and actresses hybridized with the myth of purity, performing in school uniforms, embodying an idealized adolescence alongside sinister sexual connotation. Poster-girls for hormonal teenage boys? Not at all: there are many adults among the fans, dwellers of a comforting parallel world that diverts the spectre of loneliness. But who are we to judge these new forms of social interaction? What if it were simply about freedom of expression and the natural fruition of an art form that is in tune with the times?