The elusive, famed director William Higgins has added another mysterious chapter to his legend. Longtime fans may know that he relocated to Prague years ago and opened a gay playground named Drake's. In recent years, he has been active in mentoring new directors, as well as producing and directing videos under the name Wim Hof, which is no big secret. The mysterious part is that someone decided to market Prague Buddies as Higgins' first feature film in over a decade. Huh? Perhaps they missed the one of his that was nominated for Best International video last year.
Anyway, marketing and politics aside, let's talk about dick. Specifically, that of the uncut variety. There is plenty of it attached to young studly bodies in Prague Buddies. The heat is palpable in every scene, with most of them ending with double climaxes. A little more fine tuning would have pushed this one's ratings over the top. But as it is, the video is quite the sight to behold.
An athletic fraternity outside of Prague houses the Prague Buddies. How convenient. There is a cool black-and-white filmed opening, with naked guys running and passing a torch. (A "sextathalon?"). Then we witness some official-looking track and field events. Later, a soldier approaches two athletes in the shower and talks them into leaving with him. They soon arrive at an abandoned building, which serves as the headquarters for the secret fraternity.
There, a crowd of young men perform an initiation ceremony for the newcomers. After having beer poured on them, the neophytes are ordered to jerk off. Some hung members of the crowd join in the chicken-choking festivities. Hot stuff. Mouths may water (including yours), but the men keep a chaste distance while stroking. With about a dozen young studs beating off, the initiates are anointed with some of their cream to end the ceremony.
We catch footage of a football game, played with uniforms and all. Later, a sexy soldier takes a cute, slightly injured player to a hot, young doctor. A little Ben Gay may come in handy while watching this scene. As he waits in the hall during the examination, the soldier gets all hot and bothered by a salacious newspaper. He gets going even more when he peeks through the keyhole to see the doctor blowing the patient's hard bone. There is an awesome close-up of the soldier's pulsating anus as he begins to jerk off. Soon, he enters the exam room to partake in a hot three-way slurp session. The doctor pounds the athlete's hairy ass and later puts it to the soldier as well. While fucking them back and forth, the guys each discharge two rounds of spunkers.
Next, there is a romantic montage with scenes of the original soldier getting intimate with one of the new initiates. They flirt in the gym, in the shower, while watching TV, etc. They eventually get it on in the abandoned building. His inexperience shows (in a charming way) as the initiate blows the soldier to a big, thick iron rod. We get nice face-fucking action. The athlete's cock is definitely up for a return blow job. Soon, the soldier slides in a deep screw, but his "baby strokes" make it seem like he may not be fully into it. They set up pop shots and then fuck again (more vigorously, thank you). Each one later pops a hot, second jizzer.
Elsewhere, three club members are seen cruising each other in the gym and then in the shower. They later end up in the abandoned site. The one with longer hair has his uncut boner eaten by two buzzed brunets. There are hot views. He later plugs one of their asses with his big club. The fucking is slow, but sensuous. He later plows the second guy in the same fashion. To get off, they do a trio J/O. They do a second, more-spirited round of screwing and second cummings.
Two other members ride a strange motorbike to pick up a new recruit from the Polish Army. They soon have a private three-way initiation ceremony. We see a hard suck session as they chow on each other's uncut meat. Soon, the members plug the recruit's face and butt hole at the same time. Hot stuff. The more aggressive brunet member really knows how to pound it home. They stroke out a hot trio of creamers.
At nearly two hours running time, you get plenty of bang for your buck with Prague Buddies. And the human scenery is incredible, with the young attractive cast. The only thing lacking is that few, if any, of the scenes manage to capture the kind of passion to make them sizzle. Ratings aside, it would also be nice to see them include some older European men for variety. I'm not necessary talking granddaddies but at least some men who look old enough to have been shaving for a few years. But that's just my predilection. (Going off on a tangent - I mean, who is telling the international directors that gay men are soley obsessed with boys in their late teens? I mean, you can only enjoy so much chicken before you develop an appetite for some aged, prime beef. For once, I'd like to see a hot European video that says, "All Models over 25.") As a final teaser, two characters in the video are seen going to church and seducing a priest. But we have to watch the next installment to see what transpires. Stay tuned. Leave it to award-winning, veteran gay porn auteur William Higgins to stage a comeback in which he practically reinvents the genre. "Prague Buddies" is much more than just another dip into the seemingly inexhaustible pool of beautiful Eastern European studs. It's destined to become a porn classic, and already deserves to be placed alongside Higgins' other outstanding work, which includes "The Young and the Hung" (Catalina Video). And "Prague Buddies" is -- dare I say it? -- fresh. A new approach to porn -- call it "Gay Romance Classics." With beautiful, golden videography by Pavel Nikos and Higgins' deft direction, and an outstanding cast of gorgeous, natural studs, all of whom ooze sensuality from their very pores, this is one of the best videos of this or any other year.
The premise, which works very well in the context of the video, is the initiation of two new members into a secret male athletic fraternity. As you can imagine, there are lots of shower scenes, and enough gear to satisfy any athletic or military uniform fetish you can possibly imagine.
From the first moments of the video, in which a totally nude, totally hot young man lights a torch, Olympic-like, and hands it off to the next relay runner (also totally buff and nude), the viewer knows this is not your average video. And it isn't. Higgins isn't afraid to let these guys look natural -- from their hairy balls and asses to their uncut dicks, the sweat that pops out on their bodies when they fuck and -- can you believe it? -- the mussed-up hair on their heads. There's no discernible eyeliner in this video, either, much to my delight.
The two initiates into the "Prague Buddies" are darkly handsome Zdenek Romany and compactly built stud muffin Pavel Korsakov (who has one of the best asses of all time). Their initiation involves getting sprayed by beer, jerking off on their knees, then getting sprayed by cum from the uncut dicks of all the other members of the buddies. Hey, where do I sign up?
The following scenes all begin in an athletic context and, except for one, they all end up with the guys fucking and sucking in different exterior locales. I'm telling you, abandoned barns and bombed-out buildings never looked so inviting.
First is a physical therapist's office, where blond, movie-star handsome Mylan Forman has brought his buddy Vilen Zeman after Zeman suffered a sports injury. When hunky doctor Michael Holub takes Zeman back to the examining room he leaves Forman in the waiting room. Of course there's more going on in the inner office than physical therapy, and soon Forman has stripped off his uniform and is jerking on his beautiful uncut dick while Holub ravishes Zeman. Higgins does a slow pan down Forman's hunky body, from his furry, sculpted pecs capped with quarter-sized dark brown nipples, to his golden-downed six-pack abs, to his throbbing uncut dick. It's worth a few rewinds, trust me.
For my money, the best scene in the video is next, between Korsakov and big blond hunk Jirka Kalvoda. If anyone could make your pants small with just a look, it's Kalvoda. The scene begins with a montage of the two guys just hanging out together, working out at the gym, showering together, watching TV half-naked -- you know, typical guy stuff (!). At the end of the montage, the two are trapped outside in a rainstorm, taking refuge under their capsized rowboat. Korsakov turns to Kalvoda and says "Women are not worth loving ... love me instead." Who could refuse a line like that? See what I mean about romantic? The two find a barn and then begin a long kissing and touching scene, which of course leads to hot, worshipful sucking and fucking. The chemistry between these two actors is astounding -- the long sultry looks, the soft caresses, the urgent kisses, the way Kalvoda slowly fucks Korsakov's tight little butt -- I'm keeping the tape cued to this scene simply because it's one of the hottest interactions between two porn actors I've ever seen.
Two more three-way scenes round out the video. The first is between longhaired Pavel Dubcek, initiates Zdenek Romany and Karel Pisek, winner of the lips-to-die-for award. Again, the studs are sensual, whether it's Romany and Pisek giving Dubcek a side-by-side blowjob or Dubcek fucking Pisek's ass while Romany sucks Pisek's prick (try saying that fast three times!).
The last real scene finds gorgeous dark-haired stud Martin Pravda retrieving his Polish cousin (Tomas Novatny) from the train station. Novatny has aspirations of joining the Prague Buddies (and at this point, who wouldn't?) and proves his athletic prowess through fencing with buddy Janusz Dickovsky. It may be a first -- using fencing whites as a uniform fetish in a porn video -- but it works for me. Pravda gets so turned on watching his cousin fence that he takes out his dick and starts to jerk off. Then the three daisy-chain-suck, and Dickovsky gets fucked by Pravda while Novatny plays with his very large uncut meat.
Yet another distinguishing characteristic of "Prague Buddies" is that the studs often break the "fourth wall," that is, they look directly into the camera. This sometimes happens in video, but usually not until the end of a scene, with a kind of knowing wink at the audience. Higgins thumbs his nose at this convention, and allows the studs to look into the camera while they're in the act -- a very unusual (and sizzling) way to bring the viewer into the action.
"Prague Buddies" ends with a scene that is a set-up for a sequel, and for once, viewers will be left panting for more. I know I'm there. After more than ten years absence from directing, William Higgins has created a video that leaves you wanting much, much more. It's quite a comeback.