New People, the company putting on this month’s J-Pop Summit, announced an upcoming documentary film highlighting the story of the members of AKB48, the tremendously successful all-girl pop group.

As the press release states, NEW PEOPLE Entertainment, a film division of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. that focuses on the licensing and distribution of Japanese films and media, has announced that it has licensed the film, DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 – To Be Continued, in the U.S. and Canada.

You can view the trailer for the film here, at New People’s website.

The film looks like it will provide fans with some intimate details about many members of the group, glimpses into their everyday situations that might otherwise be unavailable to the group’s many, many fans.

As New People explains in a lengthy post about the movie and its purpose,

With a complicated balance of competition and friendship among the members, their bond is strong. Throughout 2010 the camera captures AKB48’s history with scenes from their concerts, general elections, and activities abroad amounting to over 1000 hours of footage. The documentary also includes personal interviews with select members revealing each of the girls’ struggle, joy, growth, and dream.

The US premiere of the AKB48 film will be held at the J-Pop Summit in San Francisco on August 28, 2011. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here.


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