A fascinating new documentary follows workers at an all-male brothel in Tokyo.
In Boys For Sale, first-time director Itako visits famous gay district Shinjuku 2 Chome to sit down with several male prostitutes – or “urisen” – ranging from 19 to 30 years old, who discuss the ins and outs of their job in engrossing detail.
The sexually explicit experiences are presented as illustrations in a bid to represent all aspects of their lives on screen. Some of the boys choose to hide their identity by donning masks to hide their faces, while others just don’t care.
A large majority of the boys feature claim to be straight, and some of them have girlfriends. When asked how they’re able to sleep with men who they aren’t attracted to, one of the boys answered: “I’m detached. My mind goes blank.”
Others suggested: “Making money will get you hard.”
The boys share how they got into the business of selling their bodies, with some explaining that they hadn’t been dating at that time and they needed money. Many of them were homeless following being orphaned by natural disasters.
Boys For Sale follows their highs and lows, including the story of one of the straight boys who received the best blowjob of his life from a 63-year-old man.
It also touches on broader issues such as the country’s hypocrisy when it comes to sex, and the spread of the HIV virus which is not acknowledged by the government.
Watch the trailer below.
For more information on the documentary visit boysforsale.com