SUPER, GIRLS! follows ten female teenagers on their quest to become instant superstars on China’s biggest television show. The Chinese equivalent of AMERICAN IDOL, the “Super Girls Singing Contest” spawned an unprecedented pop culture phenomenon. Drawing over 400 million viewers, the show’s runaway popularity spurred the Chinese government to ban it after only two seasons. The film provides unparalleled, intimate access into the contestants’ lives over several months. Through candid interviews and footage of nail-biting auditions and competitions, SUPER, GIRLS! offers a fascinating look inside what the Chinese media have dubbed “the Lost Generation” and their startling takes on sexuality and success in the new China.
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This film's strength comes not from any plot or story, but rather from the interesting look at the youth culture in the small cities and towns of China. The mix of personalities is diverse and there are some very honest portraits of each of these girls. When watching this film you should keep in mind that the girls shown are quite a bit different than the "big city" girls of China now. I hope that there is a follow-up showing this same generation but based in Beijing or Shanghai to highlight the contrasts that exist.