Originally released in 2006, The iDol is a science fiction farce detailing a Japanese toy collector’s descent into fanboy hell. It stars Jin Sasaki, Erina Hayase, Mitsu Katahira, Masayasu Nakanishi, Takako Fuji, Hirotaka Miyama and Yukijiro Hotaru. It was written, produced and directed by Norman England.
Ken is a mild-mannered man in his mid-twenties who, like many men his age, has interests that stopped developing during adolescence. On a visit to a local toy collectors’ shop he acquires a rare alien action figure. Unexpectedly, Ken’s world is turned inside out as the somewhat silly looking toy alters his life by benevolently giving him everything he has ever dreamed of and then callously taking it all back.
Ken’s immature desires and indecisive nature are pit against a collection of seemingly normal, yet equally misguided characters who are meant to illustrate how people are victims of a socially implanted drive for things not in their own best interests.