HD - 2016 - Japan - 121' / 90' - Color

Raise your arms and Twist! Documentary of NMB48

Doutonboriyo, Nakasetekure! Documentary of NMB48 (original title)

A film by Atsushi Funahashi

Japanese Pop Idols! Shiny, but not always. You see the shadows. 

Launched in 2011 as a sister group to girl band behemoth AKB48, the Osaka-based NMB48 has become a musical force itself. With a string of No.1 hit singles and albums, not to mention sell-out performances, NMB48 continues Japan’s pop-music phenomena.
Director Atsushi Funahashi, whose documentary work has previously chronicled such harrowing events as the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, pulls back the curtain on the life and struggles of the band members and the workings of the idol-making industry.


Atsushi Funahashi


Atsushi Funahashi was born in Osaka, Japan, and graduated from Tokyo University with a B.A. in cinema studies. He moved to New York in 1997 and studied film directing at the School of Visual Arts. His debut feature echoes (2001) was well received by critics and film festivals, winning three jury and audience awards at Annonay International Film Festival in France. The film has been theatrically distributed in the USA and Japan. His second film, Big River (2006), starring Jo Odagiri, was selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market and PPP (Pusan Promotion Plan) at its project stage. Produced by Office Kitano, the film was shown at various film festivals (including Berlin, Pusan, Karlovy Vary, Sao Paolo, and Shanghai) and was released worldwide by Celluloid Dreams Director's Label. Funahashi has also directed several HDTV documentaries on social issues and New York ethnic culture for US/Japanese networks. "For the Joyful Moment of Life" (2005), won a Telly Award. Funahashi moved back to Tokyo in 2007 and has started directing films in Japan. "Deep in the Valley(2009)", "Nuclear Nation I & II (2012, 2014)", and "Cold Bloom (2013, produced by Office Kitano)" are all premiered at Berlin International Film Festival and theatrically released in many countries.  His latest film is “RAISE YOUR  ARMS AND TWIST  Documentary of NMB48”, a documentary essay on Japanese idol culture. 

Atsushi Funahashi


“LOVERS ON BORDERS” 2017, Portugal &Japan &USA, 
“NUCLEAR NATION II” 2014, 114 min, Japan, HD, color, documentary
“COLD BLOOM” 2013, 119 min, Japan&Korea, HD, color, drama
“NUCLEAR NATION” 2012, 96 min, Japan, HD, color, documentary
“DEEP IN THE VALLEY” 2009, 107 min, Japan, HD, color, drama
“BIG RIVER” 2005, 105 min, USA&Japan, 35mm, color, drama
“ECHOES” 2001, 72 min, USA&Japan, 16mm, B&W, drama

Original language: Japanese
Produced by: Toho CO. LTD



RIDM Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal (North American Premiere)

Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival Australian Premiere)

Tempo Doc (European Premiere)

Visions du Réel (Swiss premiere)

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival