Raise Your Arms and Twist! Documentary of NMB48

Raise Your Arms and Twist! Documentary of NMB48
  • Saturday, May 27, 19:45 Naxoshalle Kino
  • 道頓堀よ泣かせてくれ! Documentary of NMB48
    Dotonbori yo, nakasetekure! Documentary of NMB48
  • Japan 2016, Blu-ray, 121 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director: Atsushi FUNAHASHI
  • Production: Documentary Japan
  • Camera: Yoshihisa TODA
  • World sales: Wide House
  • German premiere in the presence of the director
  • Competition Nippon Visions Jury Award and Nippon Visions Audience Award


NMB48, AKB48 or HKT48: this code denominates various Japanese female pop-idol supergroups delivering performances for a highly profitable market. Be popular and you can dance in the front row. Even the private lives of the young women are controlled by their managers. Atsushi FUNAHASHI’s documentary about NMB48 from Osaka combines spectacular concert footage and scenes from the idols’ everyday life, allowing us to peek into a colorful hell.

Director’s Bio
Born in Osaka in 1974, Atsushi FUNAHASHI studied at Tokyo University and at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Starting with his debut film ECHOES (2001), he has devoted himself to political topics both in his documentaries and fictional films. He was invited to Berlinale in 2012 and 2013 with his films NUCLEAR NATION and COLD BLOOM respectively. Both films deal with the consequences of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.

2001 Echoes; 2005 Big River; 2009 Deep in the Valley (Yanaka boshoku); 2012 Nuclear Nation (Futaba kara toku hanarete); 2013 Cold Bloom (Sakuranamiki no mankai no shita ni); 2014 Nuclear Nation II (Futaba kara toku hanarete dainibu)


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