Gigolo Wannabe


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Director: Ryo Nishimura
Starring: Shun Oguri, Toshinobu Matsuo, Takamasa Suga, Yusuke Kirishima, Hiroyuki Hirayama, Ryoji Morimoto, Shingo Katsurayama, Hitomi Manaka
RunTime: 107 mins
Genre: Comedy (Japanese)
Rating: PG
Will Appeal To: Jap fans and some who are deceived by the title


If this movie is a gauge of how Japanese movies are heading towards, then I really worry for the industry. Come to think of it, what has happened to the Japanese movie and television industry? Taken over by Korean movies?

Seven young men who are desperate for money audition to be "hosts" of a pub. Therefore, by definition, they are NOT gigolos, or even wannabes. Their job is to entertain lonely female patron with drinks and talk.

If you think Full Monty, you are somewhat wrong. I was expecting such slick dances, embarrassing moments, or at least something funny. They only seem to have 5 customers throughout the whole movie, and their only job is to work towards pleasing them.

I do not mind that the cast is made up of a group of B-list unknown actors and actresses. There is so much potential for this, but it’s wasted by the lame script and the never-ending ending (Pun not intended.) Would it even attract the pink dollar? I do not think so.

Gigolo Wannabe – Only a wannabe


2 Responses to “Gigolo Wannabe”

  1. Anonymous movie lover 

    there's more to this movie. it's a reflection of how depressed the economy has been, reversal of men-women power shift and friendship. Granted, it's unbelievably sweet. I'll give it the benefit of doubt by blaming the poor translation instead.

  2. Anonymous BanBan 

    Hi Movie Lover, no doubt I feel that the 'poor translation' could be a bid to earn revenue from the pink dollar.

    There are certain themes they want to explore, though I felt the script could be a lot tighter, and direction clearer. That's my take. :)

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