Seung-woo through his friend Jae-hyun becomes a "host," or a male gigolo who serves women customers, to make ends meet. Seung-woo's family had been financially successful but suffered ... See full summary »
Seung-woo through his friend Jae-hyun becomes a "host," or a male gigolo who serves women customers, to make ends meet. Seung-woo's family had been financially successful but suffered bankruptcy and plunged into poverty. Most of his clients are themselves workers in the hostess or prostitution trade. Jae-hyun is a manager at the host bar Seung-woo works at. Jae-hyun is a chronic con artist who lies and cheats women, including his live-in girlfriend who is Seung-woo's sister, to get money. Trouble brews when Seung-woo starts dating one of his customers, a massage parlor girl named Ji-won, and Jae-hyun's scams finally start to catch up with him. Written by
Gritty drama set in the host-bar industry of Seoul.
This film, also known as "Beastie Boys", is a rather frank depiction of the host/hostess industry in Seoul. We have a big brother and little brother relationship in the two main characters as they "entertain" wealthy, older women in Seoul. As we follow these leads, they start off charming, if flawed. They're cool. They flirt with women, wear expensive clothes, and seem to not have a care in the world as they smooth-talk their way into the lives of their clients. Their shallow and materialistic lifestyles eventually catch up to them, however. We eventually get to see the uglier and more violent side of these men. One is addicted to gambling and lies. The other begins a rather unhealthy relationship with a call girl. Eventually, both of these stories come together.
While Korean dramas can possibly be seen as melodramatic to Western audiences, this film delivers a strong, emotional punch that never seems forced or unrealistic. At the same time, the movie can be slow in spots, but it is certainly worth a rental.
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