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Tale of an Osaka Love Thief

The Great Happiness Space:
Tale of an Osaka Love Thief
The Great Happiness Space: A Tale of Osaka Love Thief
directed by (USA 2006) Jake Clennell is on Google video.

Finding The Great Happiness Space
The phenomenon of the male host club has been sweeping Japan for some time now. These men in some instances have even become pseudo celebrities appearing on billboards and even on television shows. Simply put, women come to host clubs and pay for attention and affection, creating a fictional relationship with their host.

Jake Clennell Jake Clennell

There were many men that came out of it from the cinema that were probably more teary eyed than women, which is something that I find very interesting. I think men really come out of it with a sense of despair.

Club Rakkyo where the action takes place, is a place of contradictions.(via)
3 love thieves The Great Happiness Space:A Tale of Osaka Love Thief

The star of the documentary actually works at “Club Clover”, where staff ranking is posted and you can see his profile. Issei’s (the love thief star) blog is here. (He has not dropped dead from a daily diet of champagne.)

The Company Men,

In When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, Mikio Naruse draws us into a world often intimated in movies but rarely ever fleshed out: that of the Japanese bar hostess. A postwar offshoot of the Geisha tradition, these bars serviced men through the company of women and the comfort of drink. Forty years on, and the mizu shobai, or “water trade”, has come to evolve once more: catering exclusively for female clientele…

Mizu Shobai (water business) is a metaphor for floating, drinking and impermanence. . (Wikipedia)

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Thor Williamson is Canadian (his mother is Japanese) and a high ranking host working in Tokyo.

Mikio Naruse’s When a Woman Ascends the Stairs on youtube.

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