The films will be screened in Concordia University's Hall Theatre, J.A. de Sève Cinema, D.B. Clark Theatre (Les Fantastique Week-end du Cinéma Québécois – Quebec short films), Écran Concordia and Auditorium York (EV 1 605; special events), and at the Cinématheque Québécoise and the McCord Museum (“Mon Premier Fantasia” – 5 programs of shorts for the whole family).
This fascinating, eye-opening and thought-provoking documentary explores a uniquely Japanese cultural phenomenon – Tokyo Idols: teenage girls who have become pop stars and the middle aged men (otaku) who follow, idolise, attend every concert, mimic all of their idol’s dance moves, often spending thousands of dollars per year on their obsession. The film is also a strong indication that our ultra modern virtual world has created a high level of disconnect. Miyake mainly follows Idol Rio Hiiragi who is currently 19-years-old, and her otaku. Idols normally lose their appeal at 20 as their otaku seek out younger (and purer) idols.