Tokyo Girls

2000 | Documentary | Short Film


Tokyo Girls

Tokyo Girls is a candid journey into the world of four young Canadian women who work as well-paid hostesses in exclusive Japanese nightclubs. Lured by adventure and easy money, these modern-day geisha find themselves caught up in the mizu shobai - the complex "floating water world" of Tokyo clubs and bars. Drawn by fast money, some women become consumed by the lavish lifestyle and forget why they came. One hostess calls it "losing the plot." With a pulsating visual style, Tokyo Girls captures the raw energy of urban Japan and its fascination with the new. Shot in Canada, Osaka and Tokyo, this is a riveting inside look at the impact of the "economy geisha." Desired mainly for her looks, the hostess is rapidly replacing the cultural institution of geisha - women trained in the ancient art of traditional entertainment.

The historical connection to geisha is examined by Kyoto resident Peter Macintosh, who doesn't have a lot of nice things to say about the hostess. Although Tokyo Girls is a documentary, the quick edits and gorgeous cinematography make it seem more like a feature length movie. Kansai residents will appreciate the fact that Osaka (the exclusive Kita-Shinchi area is featured) and Kyoto (where the geisha scenes were filmed) are also included in this amazing work.

Cast and crew:

Directed by Penelope Buitenhuis
Starring Jay-Lyn Green, Akinori Nagai, Maritama Carlson and Wasana Eksapang.

More information at http://www.penelopebuitenhuis.com/



Film Suggestions


The Japanese Love Industry (2013)

The Japanese Love Industry and the Negative Population IndexJapan is a country that is dying—literally. Japan has more people over the age of 65 and the smallest number of people under the age of 15...

Even Lambs Have Teeth (2015)

Two young women seek revenge on their tormentors.Sloane and Katie head out to rural America to work on an eco farm. They need the money so they can go on a shopping holiday to New York. They are offer...

The Little Princess (1939)

The Little Princess - Great Adaptation of a children's classic novelThe Little Princess - The story sets in the England ruled by Queen Victoria. Sara is a little girl who doesn't have anything in th...

Wonder Women (1973)

Women kidnap athletes and use them for making older men more active! Plot: Dr. Tsu is a brilliant surgeon with her own exotic island off the coast of Manila. Using her sexy, all-girl army of martial-a...

The Streets of Japan (2014)

The Streets of Japan - Thugs, Bosozoku Bikers and Lamborghini YakuzaAs the sun goes down, Tokyo transforms to a wild and exotic playground for those who like to pour on the speed. As a method of expr...

Iron Angels III (1989)

Perfect example of what a Girls-with-guns movie should be like! A gang of crime-fighting martial-arts beauties battle a terrorist organization based in Thailand led by a religious fanatic.This rare ti...