Name: The Great Happiness Space - Tales Of An Osaka Love Thief
Directed & produced by: Jake Clennell (UK)
This documentary is about the "Rakkyo Café" which is an host club in Osaka. It's owner is the 22 years old Issei, who is also the number 1 host in the city, and his staff of around twenty boys working in this club. All of this boys are under Issei's training to become the top escorts of Osaka's underground love scene. During their training, they learn how to dress, how to talk, how to walk, and most importantly, how to fake relationships with the girls who become their source of income. The documentary takes you on a journey through the complex and heart-wrenching world of love for sale in the Japanese underground.
I watched this documentary because I toughed it sounds very interesting - and for sure it is! After watching it I was in an odd mood, some kind of strange like if you don't really know how to feel about it. The documentary really helps you to understand this scene more through interviews with the male hosts and their female customers. You can learn why the customers are coming there and what the host thinks about some of them. There are some really sad parts in it which really made me think...
Jack Channel made a really great documentary of this mysterious underground scene, describing the backgrounds very well. Which is still in my ears is the sentence of Issei that the "hosts are selling dreams to their costumers" - a kind of good description for the slogan of his host club.
And while I don't have any preview clip here is another picture - Issei and two of his boys (^-^)
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