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'Tokyo Idols'—NekoPOP Film Review

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Tokyo Idols has an agenda, and that’s no spoiler. Starting with its slanted description on Netflix, filmmaker Kyoko Miyake uses the documentary platform to selectively focus on fringe, negative aspects of idol fandom. For the millions of Japanese and international fans who have actually seen or participated in an idol concert, it’s clear that the film stops way short of presenting the whole truth.

Tokyo Idols focuses primarily on relatively unknown Japanese idol Rio Hiiragi. She’s hard-working, dreams of making it the top, and she adores her fans. She’s pretty-much DIY—packing her own CDs, lamenting her broken shoes, and doing live webcasts from her tiny, plush-filled room in Tokyo.

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