This is a fascinating documentary which takes a look at the Japan's subculture of "host clubs" where stylish boy hosts entertain female clients, for money of course.
"Host clubs" are rarely heard in the Western world, if any at all. But in Japan, it has become a subculture among young people. A host is a well groomed glamorous boy who takes female clients and provides them companionship, attention, entertainment, sex, and even love. Well, at least that's what those female customers are led to believe.
Issei is a 22 years old owner of Café Rakkyo in Osaka, one of the most popular host club in Osaka, Japan. This documentary takes a in-depth look at "host service" through interviews with Issei, his colleagues, as well as their female clients.
These hosts are the best among the hundreds of host-wanna-be. They not only dress in style and can earn as much as $50,000 per month, they are also quite smart actually they deserve to be awarded with honorary degrees in psychology. A host must charm his female clients with a charismatic personality (even to fake one) in order to have these clients spend as much as $500 a bottle of champagne for the host. A host must constantly analyze his clients' mind in order to keep these girls' dream alive so they will continue to spend tens of thousands dollars at the club each month.
It's bloody brutal when this game is played over player's mind and emotion, not only just how much liver cells these boys and girls are killing each night due to senseless heavy drinking.
A majority of the girls who buy the host service at these host clubs are in the adult industry themselves. These girls sell their bodies to make money then they spend the money on these hosts in order to satisfy the urge for love and to overcome their loneliness. The cycle never ends.
Underneath all the happiness these girls are buying from their preppy hosts, we see profound sadness among these lost souls. Not only they are searching for happiness, they also begin to search for themselves.
My rating: 9 out of 10.