Enter the world of Issei, a young Japanese man who runs Rokkyo, the most popular male host club in Osaka, Japan. This documentary begins with a superficial look of the club, Issei and his male host co-workers, who sell love and attention to rich, but lonely women who cannot find what they’re looking for in real life. This make-believe love does not come cheap, with many of the women (who make their livings as call girls and hostesses) spending $3,000 to $5,000 a night for one-on-one time with their favourite host. A good number of the female clients fall in love with their host object of affection, but the documentary explores how both host and client play the game to get by, whether emotionally or financially.
It may be easy to write these guys off as prostitutes, or losers, or deceivers, but a deeper look into this destructive cycle shows that they are not happy, and want true love, but are in too deep. In the end, financial gain wins out, but hopefully, only for a time. Boab81’s rating: Two thumbs up!
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