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'Boyfriend' films

No, not the vids you delete off your phone. These hour-long compilation films are made for the enjoyment of women who want to bask in the talents of 'idol' or popstar actors & musicians, and see them as 'boyfriend material' more than an untouchable star. It's pure indulgent silliness, and I haven't laughed this much at something so earnest in ages. Just imagine Chalamet doing one of these movies. Wonder why haven't they ever caught on in the West?

For DL edification here we have a typical example, titled 'Peacemaker' (vol. 3 from the series 'D-BOYS: BOYFRIEND', for the sake of scholarship). In it our hero: takes the lead in a tense psychologically-complex short film; dons a Yukata and visits a Buddhist temple (Senso-ji in Asakusa); helps take care of kindergartners in a day at a nursery (and falls asleep with them during naptime); cooks and eats okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake); rides in a rickshaw; plays soccer with some kids in a park; and happily responds to a Q&A interview while taking a boat-ride...somewhere. Also we see him: taking a shower (??); sweating through a 100 push-up challenge (after the shower...); playing squash by himself inside a house; and listening to a chorus of birds during peaceful moment amid the ironwork in a flowering garden. It's like an audition tape for 'nice, normal outgoing cute guy with family values and emotional range'.

by Anonymousreply 1411/12/2018

Hahaha, it’s weird to seen this on DL. I’ve seen a ton, mostly in my past-life lurking LJ with weeb fans. There is something appealing if also bizarrely sad about them.

Back in the 00s management executives of these idols actually made a ton of money selling DVDs of these movies and the exposure helped the idols’ career to get off the ground. The five people in the West who wanted to see these at the time just bootlegged them or exported them at huge expense.

As to why they weren’t popular in this hemisphere, I don’t know. It isn’t like we sexualise and promote teen idols all that differently -think of boybands from that era and even up to the early years of this decade. I think though such films are an obsolete promo tool in the days of Twitter & YT though, honestly. Why bother going through the objectification just so your agent can swoop in and take all the profits?

by Anonymousreply 110/12/2018

Hilarious that they let a camera crew follow a giggly twink around SensoJi to make this. Does Shinto need the Yen?

by Anonymousreply 210/15/2018

It’s amazing how boring & domestic straight fantasies like these seem when you’ve spent so much time hanging around degenerate EGs and listening to their beautiful dark twisted nonsense on this website. . The sexiest thing about this movie was the shower part. Everything else was either straight out of a family home video, a BBC Schools Docu, a sophomoric one-act film by a student, and a Merchant Ivory.

by Anonymousreply 310/27/2018

Sounds like a “Welcome To My Home” without breaking the 4th wall.

by Anonymousreply 410/27/2018

The film is awful but the pretty twink is cute so one can overlook it.

by Anonymousreply 510/28/2018

Male gravure idols don’t get nearly such awful treatment as females. That says it all....

by Anonymousreply 610/31/2018

Boyfriend was my favourite Pebbles song

by Anonymousreply 710/31/2018

You can get a preowned DVD of this....uh, movie for $12 on Amazon OP, if you so wish.

Christmas is coming, after all. Treat yo self.

by Anonymousreply 811/01/2018

Having seen a lot of Japanese tv I know of this guy in OP’s new fave movie. He doesn’t do much of this fluffy teen fanbait stuff like this anymore (too old I guess), and now he’s in a police procedural show (think NCIS) on a big National station. He isn’t actually too bad as a second banana on a cable show.

Here is the intro to the audition tape he originally sent his agency when he got off the bus from Iwate. It absolutely sucks and he has a schoolgirl’s haircut, so it’s lucky for him he got a lot better at acting.

by Anonymousreply 911/01/2018

Surprised *NSYNC never did anything like this at the behest of their greedy creepy manager.

Though it was enough they were forced to stage a collective ‘Celebrity Dream’ date with a winner of that fanclub contest for MTV they did at that winter resort. It was hilarious, awful and painfully awkward.

by Anonymousreply 1011/02/2018

oi Zukki, the okama-gaijin think you’re hot d(-_^)

by Anonymousreply 1111/04/2018

[quote] It isn’t like we sexualise and promote teen idols all that differently -think of boybands from that era and even up to the early years of this decade.


British boyband One Direction did a similar one as a joint project. Not quite as abstract, but same concept.

by Anonymousreply 1211/08/2018

OP hon your link is busted.

Here's a little bit of the same film you posted, the kindergarten section. It is pretty funny how the kids mob the main guy in it and throw bathwater/toys/food at him. He's sort of dazed by the whole experience (even falling asleep when putting the kids down for a nap?) so idk how good an ad for his eligibility to women that is.

by Anonymousreply 1311/11/2018

Female gravure movies (‘girlfriend films’) are used as softcore by lazy bros. Maybe it’s the same reversed?

Here’s a funny take on a Japanese guy enjoying a lingerie girl with his soba, in an MV by blues singer Date Koji (the song is called ‘Seishun Nante’ or ‘Because we’re young (people)’).

by Anonymousreply 1411/12/2018
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