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Tokyo Star: On the birth of idols in Japan – From toddler to superstar

Presentation: 4 November 2004, 20.00
The film is concerned with training methods at Japanese talent schools. It observes practice sessions, auditions, debuts and concerts, tells of dreams, expectations, feelings and the strategies of agents and producers. It describes the everyday work routine of a professional idol. Dreams can be made, idols can be planned, and people need idols. Virtually nowhere else are these laws of the entertainment industry applied as rigorously as in Japan. Idols – known as Idoru – are identification figures for millions and a billion-dollar business for the Japanese entertainment industry. In the Land of the Rising Sun, career planning for Idoru is never left to chance. The documentary film Tokyo Star describes the steep and rocky road to superstardom in Japan. The film-makers present four protagonists who pursue the traditional career of an idol – from young talent to debut to superstar status. Tokyo Star is a film by film-makers Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani submitted as a final project at Berliner Film und Fernsehakademie (dffb).

Nina Fischer/Maroan el Sani
Filmplakat, Tokyo Star (2004), 78 Min.
courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin

Palast der Republik (2001-2002)

Presentation: 4 November 2004, 20.00
Palast der Republik is an extensive project comprising installation, projection and film material. Part of the project is footage from an official TV documentary produced for the opening of the Palast der Republik and first broadcast in 1976. Nina Fischer/Maroan el Sani will be presenting Palast der Republik and discussing their working approach within the framework of the Film Series.

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