I only lived in tokyo for a year (july 2002-july 2003,) but I have had every one of the experiences of both the main characters. I told my friends that I felt it was an accurate portrayal of a gaijin's experience in contempoary tokyo. I felt it was good that they balanced the stereotypical excessive bowing/politeness of the agents and other salryman types with the pot smoking musicians, which is definantly an important part of tokyo pop culture, but is poorly represented in contemporary media. Additionally, the comercial shoot was exactly the same as when I would do modeling/video work. Luckily I could understand what the director was saying, but it was compleatly correct.