Boys for Sale (Baibai bôizu)

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Journey with urisen- mostly straight boys who sell sex to men- as they reveal their experiences, how they were recruited, and their working and living conditions. Set in the Tokyo neighborhood of Shinjuku 2-chome, the area's connection to the sex trade began in the 17th century and continues to this day.


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  • The uninhibited honesty of the interviews creates a feeling of normalcy that's jarring. It explores the paradox of Japan, a polite and modest country that hosts many dark sides.

    Jun 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • First-time director-editor Itako has done the world a huge favour by thoughtfully and unabashedly chronicling the lives of the "urisen" and a few of their employers.

    Oct 27, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A scintillating plunge into the Tokyo sex trade. BOYS FOR SALE's frank, open conversation with straight male-for-male prostitutes answers many questions we wanted to know, but were afraid to ask, making it of the standout documentaries of the year

    Oct 24, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 'Boys for Sale' delves into its chosen topic with unbridled finesse, unearthing the country's hypocritical attitude towards gays and sex in general.

    Jul 19, 2017 | Full Review…
  • An intriguing piece of work that captures an underexplored side of modern Japan and provides sex workers with a rare chance to speak for themselves, this is a gem of a documentary, and well worth seeking out.

    Jul 14, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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