Boyfriends for Hire in Japan
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Boyfriends for Hire in Japan


JOEL CORNELL: Hello, I’m
here in Tokyo, Japan. I’m here to check out something
called host bars, which I’m told is a booming
industry here. Host bars are something that
people can go to to enjoy the company of boys or
girls at a cost. The company is platonic. I’m going to meet somebody
called Reiji who is the self-proclaimed king of hosts. He owns a place around here,
and he’s hopefully going to show me what it’s all about. It’s good that you’re here,
Akira, because I don’t know any Japanese. AKIRA: OK. JOEL CORNELL: Yeah. So you’re going to have
to help me a lot. AKIRA: OK. JOEL CORNELL: Is
that all right? AKIRA: Yeah. JOEL CORNELL: All right, cool. Reiji-san! REIJI: Hello! JOEL CORNELL: Hello. REIJI: Joe? JOEL CORNELL: Joel. REIJI: Oh, John? JOEL CORNELL: Joel. REIJI: Joe?. JOEL CORNELL: Joel. REIJI: Oh, nice to meet you. JOEL CORNELL: Likewise, nice
to meet you too, Reiji-san. REIJI: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: Yeah. Is this OK? REIJI: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: Yes,
I’m very sure. REIJI: Heart OK? JOEL CORNELL: Yes, my
heart, very big. REIJI: Oh. JOEL CORNELL: Very big. REIJI: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: OK. REIJI: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: How long have you
had Player’s Club Dios? REIJI: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: So you’re
the king of hosts, is that correct? REIJI: Yeah. [SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: How much does
a host make a month now? REIJI: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: Right, OK. So the hosts get presents. REIJI: Yeah. JOEL CORNELL: What do they
get, rings and stuff? Clothes? REIJI: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: Do you think
I could get one? AKIRA: Cars. JOEL CORNELL: Cars? AKIRA: Yeah. JOEL CORNELL: And how long
do you have to train to be a host boy? REIJI: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: Will you give me a
chance to try and be a host? REIJI: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: OK. [MUSIC PLAYING] MASAHIRO: I would like
you to make drinks. JOEL CORNELL: Yes, OK. MASAHIRO: OK. JOEL CORNELL: Great, I
definitely need to learn how to do that. Oh! MASAHIRO: First, put the
ice into the glass. This is a Japanese
alcohol drink. And this is tea. JOEL CORNELL: Tea. Cheers! MASAHIRO: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL:
[SPEAKING JAPANESE] MASAHIRO: [SPEAKING JAPANESE]. JOEL CORNELL: So now, I know
how to make a drink. What do I do now? What should I be saying? You are beautiful. Of course, that goes
without saying. Is there anything that
I can’t ask them? Age, yeah. OK. Do you want champagne,
do I ask her that? MASAHIRO: Yes, yes. JOEL CORNELL: Yeah? MASAHIRO: Yeah. JOEL CORNELL: Am I a servant? MASAHIRO: Yeah. JOEL CORNELL: You
look beautiful. MASAHIRO: Thank you. JOEL CORNELL: I love you. MASAHIRO: Yes! JOEL CORNELL: Would you
like a biscuit? MASAHIRO: Yes. JOEL CORNELL:
[SPEAKING JAPANESE] MASAHIRO: You are number one. JOEL CORNELL: Mm-hm. MASAHIRO: My customer
is coming. JOEL CORNELL: Yes. I’m obviously a bit nervous
about this situation. MASAHIRO: Ah, we’ll help you. Teamwork, teamwork. JOEL CORNELL: Teamwork, OK. Oh! Sorry, sorry. You look beautiful. MASAHIRO: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] -[SPEAKING JAPANESE] MASAHIRO: Thank you, she
says, thank you. JOEL CORNELL: That’s OK. MASAHIRO: What do you
want to drink? JOEL CORNELL: A bottle
of champagne? MASAHIRO: Champagne, OK? -OK. MASAHIRO: OK. JOEL CORNELL: OK. MASAHIRO: Whoa! You’re great. Champagne, yeah. JOEL CORNELL: Yeah! I did not expect
that to happen. I did not expect Masahiro to
trust me with one of his clients or customers
or whatever. I’m not sure if he was being
sarcastic when he said great job when I got the champagne. But I think that was
pretty good. I was told by the guy in the
back that that costs $450 US. To tell you the truth,
it actually felt– I felt really comfortable in
there with those guys. The other boy hosts, they
made me feel so welcome. Like, they were really lovely. I’m very ready to be a
host tomorrow night. Reiji’s going to take me
up to Masahiro’s house. MASAHIRO: Welcome, welcome. JOEL CORNELL: Thank you. So how many of you live
here, just two? REIJI: Yes, two. -[SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: Would
you bring a girl back here after working? MASAHIRO: Ah, no, no, no. NARUMI: No, no! -[SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: I’m going on my
date tonight with a girl. MASAHIRO: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] NARUMI: Who? [SPEAKING JAPANESE] MASAHIRO: Yeah. NARUMI: OK. JOEL CORNELL: I don’t know. I don’t know what
she looks like. I’ve never met her. Really? Whoa. Check that out. That’s my date. NARUMI: Whoa! JOEL CORNELL: Yeah? NARUMI: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: Yeah. NARUMI: OK, OK. JOEL CORNELL: Oh, yeah,
it’s the big day. Hopefully the stylist is going
to be here to do up my cravat. MASAHIRO: No, no. Today, yukata. JOEL CORNELL: Hm? MASAHIRO: Yukata, no suits. Today’s costume. JOEL CORNELL: Ah, thank you. MASAHIRO: OK, OK, yes. JOEL CORNELL: That’s
fine, that’s great. MASAHIRO: You try! YUDI: Konichiwa. -[SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: Reiji-san, yeah? I think she is. Customer? MASAHIRO: You ready? JOEL CORNELL: Yeah. I’m nervous. MASAHIRO: Yeah, OK. JOEL CORNELL: Yeah. MASAHIRO: Let’s go. JOEL CORNELL: Konichiwa. YUDI: Ah! Konichiwa. JOEL CORNELL: Oh, hang on! This flower is for you. YUDI: Oh, thank you. JOEL CORNELL: It’s a present. YUDI: Yes, thank you. Oh! JOEL CORNELL:
[SPEAKING JAPANESE] Joel. YUDI: Joel, yes. JOEL CORNELL: What
is your name? YUDI: Yudi. JOEL CORNELL: Yudi? YUDI: Nice to meet you. JOEL CORNELL: Nice
to meet you. You are very beautiful. YUDI: Thank you. JOEL CORNELL: It’s OK! Do you think that
I’m beautiful? YUDI: Hm? JOEL CORNELL: Uh. How was your day? JOEL CORNELL: You walked? YUDI: Yeah. JOEL CORNELL: You worked? YUDI: Yeah. JOEL CORNELL: OK. Um, uh, [NERVOUS LAUGHTER]. Um, sorry. YUDI: It’s OK. MASAHIRO: Drink, drink! JOEL CORNELL: Drink. Would you like a drink? YUDI: Oh, champagne. JOEL CORNELL: Champagne? YUDI: Yeah. JOEL CORNELL: OK! Great, my favorite. All right, I’ll go get
some champagne. I’m so nervous. Champagne glasses. -Yeah, champagne glass. JOEL CORNELL: So do I bring
the bucket over? OK, I have champagne. YUDI: Oh, thank you. JOEL CORNELL: Whoa! YUDI: Oh! JOEL CORNELL: Here you are. YUDI: Ah, thank you. JOEL CORNELL:
[SPEAKING JAPANESE]. YUDI: [SPEAKING JAPANESE],
cheers. JOEL CORNELL: Cheers. YUDI: Cheers. JOEL CORNELL: I come
from Australia. Back home, I am a musician. I play in a band. YUDI: Oh! That’s great. JOEL CORNELL: Do you have
any favorite bands? YUDI: Uh, Led Zeppelin. JOEL CORNELL: Led Zeppelin? YUDI: Yeah. JOEL CORNELL: Ah, yeah,
Robert Plant. YUDI: I love Jimmy Page. JOEL CORNELL: Yeah,
Jimmy Page. Yeah, I’m a guitarist. YUDI: Oh! JOEL CORNELL: What movies
do you like? YUDI: Yeah, I like
movies, I love– JOEL CORNELL: Which ones? JOEL CORNELL: Yeah, of course. Well, I like action movies. YUDI: Oh, action. JOEL CORNELL: So I like Bruce
Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Do you think I look
like Bruce Willis? YUDI: [LAUGHTER] JOEL CORNELL:
[SPEAKING JAPANESE] Do you like cocktails? YUDI: Yes JOEL CORNELL: Yeah? YUDI: Mm-hm. JOEL CORNELL: Do you think
you’d allow me to make you a cocktail? YUDI: Oh! JOEL CORNELL: Yeah? YUDI: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: And it’s called
a Shochu sunrise. YUDI: Yes. JOEL CORNELL: Yellow, red. YUDI: Ah, image. JOEL CORNELL: Yeah, yeah. YUDI: Oh, thank you. JOEL CORNELL: I’ll
go make it now. YUDI: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] -[SPEAKING JAPANESE] YUDI: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] JOEL CORNELL: It’s OK? OK, I have a Shochu sunrise. YUDI: Shochu sunrise. JOEL CORNELL: For you. YUDI: Yes. Mm! JOEL CORNELL: It’s OK? YUDI: Good, mm. JOEL CORNELL: Shochu. YUDI: Shochu, mm-hm. JOEL CORNELL: Is obviously
Japanese. In Australia, we call
them vodka sunrise. So east meets west. YUDI: Nice idea. JOEL CORNELL: Ah, thank you. REIJI: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] [MUSIC PLAYING]

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