Girl band BNK48, with 50 members, is a phenomenon that has wafted over from Japan to Thailand, where it is turning the country upside down. Every teenager and twenty-something in the band has her own character, personality and social media followers. The latter is the most important factor to break through in this pop group. Only the most popular members are admitted to the core team: the 16 sebatsus who actually record the songs.

Thai director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit takes a look behind the scenes with this kawaii pop group, sketching in revealing interviews with band members the toll it takes to reach the top. To get the most from BNK48, the girls have to compete against their best friends. Even worse: talent is not always rewarded. It’s not really about who is the best singer or dancer, but mainly who has the most followers on social media. So the members of BNK48 are caught up in an endless popularity contest.

Filmmaker
Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Thailand
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
108’
Language
Thai
Producer
Vichai Matakul, Pacharin Surawatanapongs
Production Company
BNK48 Office, Salmon House
Sales
GDH 559
Cinematography
Niramon Ross, Tanapol Keawdang, Pacharin Surawatanapongs, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Editor
Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Production Design
Luksamee Endoo
Sound Design
Nopawat Likitwong
Music
Tongta Jitdee, Pokpong Jitdee
Website
http://nawapolnawapol.com/