3 April 2016 (Hong Kong) – The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) held the YAMAMOTO Sayaka Press Conference at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong today. FUNAHASHI Atsushi, director of Raise Your Arms and Twist – Documentary of NMB48, leader YAMAMOTO Sayaka and YAGURA Fūko attended the event and shared their insights and experience.
The name NMB48 comes from "Namba" in Osaka and is one of the most popular idol girl groups in Japan. Produced by AKIMOTO Yasushi, the group is very active in the Kinki region. The documentary portrays in intimate detail the daily lives of the group members and their most genuine and vivid stories behind the scene.
“I feel amazing to meet the audience right here in Hong Kong. I hope everyone could know deeper about us through this documentary. We are dreamers who are trying very hard to make our dreams come true. In future the group will continue to explore different areas to enrich the performance and we appreciate your continuous support,” said YAMAMOTO Sayaka, the group leader.
Director FUNAHASHI Atsushi said, “The primary aim of making this documentary is to show audience the other side of NMB48. It offers a chance for everyone to see how hard they try to overcome challenges and their struggle to advance to the top of the entertainment business. While I was shooting the documentary, I was moved by their determination and great perseverance. Therefore I believe it is important to present to everyone their real and personal lives.”
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 FUNAHASHI Atsushi, 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.
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