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Saturday, August 26 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Tokyo Idols sponsored by MDM Design

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Tokyo Idols
Directed by Kyoko Miyake
Japan, Documentary, 90 minutes
Saturday, August 26th
10:00 AM

Japan’s enormously popular teenage girl bands and the fans that worship them are explored in the fascinating documentary Tokyo Idols. Director Kyoko Miyake’s thoughtful and thorough film follows Rio, a young “idol”, as she navigates her career, her family, and her fans, many of which are middle-aged men. Featuring a pulsing J-pop soundtrack, Tokyo Idols offers a unique look at Japanese pop music, as well as specific cultural attitudes towards femininity and innocence.
- Noah Cannon

Alabama Theatre
Admission included with VIP, Weekend, and Saturday Day Passes. Premium Single Tickets also available.
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The Alabama Theatre is proudly sponsored by the Alabama Department of Tourism and the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.



Saturday August 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203