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Host Clubs - The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief 
1st-Nov-2007 02:44 pm
After mentioning host clubs, ivoryfox threw me a link to watch The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief, a documentary on Osaka's host club, Cafe Rakkyo.
There are hundreds of clubs, including Club Ai, Club Clover, etc etc etc.

The film follows the then-22-year-old club owner Issei, coupled with interviews from his staff of 20-something hosts and several of his (very pretty) clients. If you get the chance, watch it (it's on Crunchy). The story-telling is fluid and the honesty of the hosts (if you'd believe it) is refreshing. Issei's frankness about how fucked he is (liver-wise and psychologically) is funny, and very telling of the fantasy world these men-for-hire have to constantly create to satisfy the needs and dreams of the women, who can spend up to USD7,000 a day.

In the end, while there's a sense of tragedy that the entire situation is an endless cycle of self-loathing and 'soul healing', you can't help but hope that both the girls and the hosts find a way to ultimately be happy.
1st-Nov-2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
altho i still think that Issei's last part on "finding the woman of his life, getting married and settling down" is merely a fancy ploy to attract more women to visit his club (hence the expansion of Rakkyo to Club Clover), heh. :x
5th-Nov-2007 01:41 am (UTC)
I didn't believe it either, cuz it sounded like such a cop-out after everything else he said about not being able to trust any of 100 girls in a room.
5th-Jan-2008 08:56 am (UTC)
Haha! I'm a cyberstalker! Sorry, no I'm not. I'm just a lurker on sd_sg with no doll of her own D:, who happened to drop into your lj. Serious.

I watched that movie too!! It was so sad, and tragic, I watched the end part over a few times. But I feel so cheated after reading your comments. I actually thought he meant it!! Or never once had the slightest bit of doubt he didn't. D: I feel like a naive-sucker now.. ;_;
10th-Jan-2008 01:51 am (UTC)
No one will really know if he meant what he said, but looking at his blog, I'd say he's quite happy the way he is and isn't looking to settle down with anyone anytime soon.

You don't need to feel like a sucker, cuz this is what he does to make a living: create dreams.
10th-Jan-2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
Ah yeah, good point. Still, I feel easily tricked, especially when I was thinking why the poor girls get sucked so easily into that vicious cycle. [gosh please don't let me get sold into prostitution when I go overseas!!]

I've been watching lots of stuff on host/hostess clubs, and most of it just glam it all up, so this was a refreshing watch. :) It's so nice to find someone that has watched/read some relatively unknown piece of work.
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