The ICA Prepares for Japanese Idol Mayhem

Don’t worry! We’re not selling out and jumping on the AKB bandwagon. Oh no, we bring you this selection of awkward looking underaged idol lasses for good reason. They’re the cast of Shirome, a black comedy mockumentary which is being marketed as ‘Blaire Witch meets X Factor’ – already we’re fans.

The film is amongst the first to be shown at this year’s Zipangu Film Festival, screening on Friday 18 November at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art. It sees Kouji Shiraishi, the twisted mind behind the banned pseudo-snuff flick Grotesque, returns to the horror genre and appearing as himself, as the director of a Most Haunted-style TV show specialising in real-life paranormal phenomena, allegedly hired by girls group Momoiro Clover‘s (yes, they’re a real act! Now with a Z attached to the end of their name) management agency to boost their profile.

Shiraishi’s character approaches the idols with a Faustian pact offering the kawaii young songbirds a chance to fulfil their ambition of appearing on NHK TV’s annual Kouhaku New Year’s Eve music show. There’s just a few crucial details he neglects to tell them as he leads them into the heart of Shirome’s lair, where they are to perform their latest single in front of the mysterious butterfly symbol representing the evil spirit.

Tickets are on sale now for £10, £8 concessions or £7 for ICA members and will grant you with free entry to the Zipangu opening party. We can’t wait to grab some beers and watch it! Though we hope it’s better than the trailer…


About Tom Smith
Some say he's fuelled on nothing but energy drinks, and that when he visits Japan, he spends the whole time engaging the ground in an all too familiar way. But what we do know is that his words on the country's entertainment and culture find their way into NEO Magazine on a monthly basis, while everything else finds its way here. Be it quirky news item from the Land of the Rising Sun, or a story so gruesome it'd be rude not to pass it on, you'll find it here along with his general posts about life, work and most importantly play. And yes, he has had articles printed in the likes of MCV, GamesMaster, 360 Gamer and more, thanks for noticing.

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