As a movie buff I have to say, yes it is worth a thread!
It has got to be the funniest scene I have seen for a long time!
I think the theme of the scene was for the oriental lady to eventually receive a good reference from Bill's character. Also its objective was to demonstrate how fake the kinky part of the deal is between and SP and a client. I can't imagine anyone else in that scene other than Bill Murray.
By the way, that kind of service in Tokyo, at that hotel, can easily set you back a couple of Gs
Other than a couple of idle and meaningless moments where the girl is looking out the window of the hotel, the rest of the movie is just super! The DVD has an extended version of the talk show scene. That alone is worth renting the DVD.
And especially, at the end of the scene where she has her legs wrapped around Bill Murray's legs and she screaming "Ret me go!!!" and he falls and breaks the lamp. You're right...it HAD to be Bill Murray.
Also, later in the movie when Scarlett Johannsen asks why "they" exchange their R and L's and Murray replies that it "gives them something to do".
A couple of G's for that kind of service? I noticed how Copola (or the casting director) chose a not-so-young, not-so-pretty SP.
Perhaps someone will rent it and watch that scene with the commentary feature turned on. I think there was a commentary feature on every scene but I'll have to double-check. That will give us the real story behind the SP scene.
Scarlett Johanssen has it all. Her, Jaime Pressly and Elisha Cuthbert are hot in a very simple and natural way. The Anna Nicole Smith or Pamela Anderson big boob big lips type doesn't sell anymore.
I think that the japanese woman was trying to emulate a "rape" scene with Bill Murray. We can see this by her demands "Rip my socks" and "Let me go" and her opposite actions as to the demands. If you know a little bit more about Japanese culture, you will see that sexual extremes exist because of their ever repressive conformity to social norms. To see my point, go buy their "hentai" magazines or videos, which is their animated(cartoon) porn.
This said, I enjoyed the movie but found it a little bit too long to my taste. (almost fell asleep in the theater)