Tokyo Girls

This feature documentary is a candid journey into the world of 4 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 this "losing the plot." With a pulsating visual style, Tokyo Girls captures the raw energy of urban Japan and its fascination with the new.

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Film Credits

director
Penelope Buitenhuis
script
Penelope Buitenhuis
producer
Gillian Darling Kovanic
editor
Bonni Devlin
director of photography
David Frazee
composer
Doug Blackley
Dennis Burke
location sound
Leigh Hunt Wilks
Keith Henderson
participant
Anne Allison
Hidemi Arasaki
Yayoi
Maria
Sara
Ichikyo San
Ryosuke Ikeda
Tomoko Kawabata
Niko
Peter MacIntosh
Wakita San
Mameyu San
Memeharu San
actor
Fred Menemoto
Jay Lyn Green
Akinori Nagai
Maritama Carlson
Patrick Pon
Christine Taylor
Toshikazu Sugamori

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