Atsushi FUNAHASHI 舩橋淳

Raise Your Arms And Twist! Documentary Of NMB48

道頓堀よ泣かせてくれ! Documentary of NMB48

Nippon Visions   ½ 

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.

道頓堀よ泣かせてくれ! Documentary of NMB48
Dotonbori yo, nakasetekure! Documentary of NMB48

Japan 2016

121 minutes


Yoshihisa TODA

Documentary Japan

World sales
Wide House

About Atsushi FUNAHASHI

Born in Osaka in 1974, Atsushi FUNAHASHI studied at the University of Tokyo 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. In 2017, Nippon Connection invited his documentary RAISE YOUR ARMS AND TWIST! DOCUMENTARY OF NMB48 to the festival.