The Great Happiness Space is Osaka’s Rakkyo Café: a club run by ambitious young entrepreneur Issei, where a core staff of 20 young men are groomed to become the top male escorts in the city. But contrary to expectations, these boys are (mostly) heterosexual, and their clients are strictly female.
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The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love ThiefDirected byJake Clennell
intensely interesting doc that made me think a lot about caring labor and gender in ways that i had not considered before; a dystopic landscape where intimacy is exchanged at a ferocious rate. and all told in a way that was at once frightening, compassionate, alienating, and somehow very moving.
Fascinating documentary works both as an examination of a little-seen social phenomena in Japanese culture and as an unexpectedly poignant character study. It got a little long and repetitive in parts - especially towards the end - but the film's straight-forward, no-frills style, allowing the people to tell their own stories, made for an always engrossing story and characters.
i'm in first year of film school and all of our professors keep telling us people pay us to create a fantasy and when i watched this i wanted to tell all of my friends we are all like those male escorts in japan, but i thought everyone would think im weird
Intéressant sur un concept qui nous est totalement étranger.
Tout du long, on ne peut s'empêcher de se demander "sont ils sincères ? est-ce qu'ils disent ça en sachant que des clientes vont les voir ?".