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When Yasushi Akimoto created the Japanese girl group AKB48 in 2005, he broke all the rules for girl groups. The gamble has resulted in one of the most successful franchises that has rewritten the record books for the music industry. Unlike other girl groups, AKB48 consists of hundreds of girls who are divided into teams (Team A, Team K, Team B, Team 4, Team 8) that perform daily shows in its own AKB48 Theater in Tokyo. The group holds auditions for new members every year and older members are “graduated” from the group. The competition to stand out is fierce within the group, as regular fan voting determines which members get the coveted “center stage” position as well as being featured on different songs. “Documentary of AKB48: To Be Continued” is a Japanese film directed by Eiki Takahashi that was first released in 2011. It takes you behind the scenes of AKB48’s success and introduces you to the individual members as they pursue their dreams of success. Covering the group’s breakthrough year of 2010, the documentary was culled from more than 1,000 tapes of raw video footage that witnessed the member changes to Team A, Team K and Team B; the displacement of Atsuko Maeda by Yuko Oshima in the coveted center position by popular fan voting; and the AKB48’s 5th Anniversary Live Performance. “Documentary of AKB48: To Be Continued” was followed by “Documentary of AKB48: Show Must Go On” (2012), “Documentary of AKB48: No Flower Without Rain” (2013) and “Documentary of AKB48: The Time Has Come” (2014).

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