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Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) Toshio Matsumoto

Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) 
aka Bara no sôretsu
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan | Director: Toshio Matsumoto
Language: Japanese | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1 | Length: 105mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv - 998x720 - 23.976fps - 3.32gb
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064068/

The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan.

This violent dramatic bloodbath concerns a love triangle in a gay bar in Tokyo. Eddie (Peter) and the transvestite Leda (Osamu Ogasawara) both have sexual designs on bar manager and drug dealer Gonda (Yoshio Tsuchiya). Gonda fears Leda will expose him to the police if he does not give in to his/her advances. When Leda commits suicide, Eddie and Gonda are free to engage in their homosexual yearnings for each other. When Gonda discovers he is Eddie's father, he kills himself with a knife. A distraught Eddie then uses the same knife to cut his own eyes out.

Avant garde queer/proto-punk drama "Funeral Parade of Roses" is simultaneously a product of, and very much ahead of its time.

"Funeral Parade of Roses" is an underrated unknown work of Japanese gay cinema. It was one of Stanly Kubric's favorite films, and it had a significant influence on the the style of "A Clockwork Orange". The film deals with Japanese drag queens, including the clubs, rivalry and their sex lives. In an Oedipus fashion, except reversed, the main character kills his mother so he can have relations with his father. Director Toshio Matsumato seemed to be way ahead of his time for his portrayal of sexuality and violence on screen. Also in a Bergman like fashion, actors are interviewed so the audience realizes it's only a movie.(and a twisted one at that) The film has many hallucinatory scenes, and who could forget the drag queens using urinals. There's also a weird fight scene between the two drag queens, and when they yell comic bubbles pop out of their mouths. Thank God this movie is in black & white! It's very brutal, disturbing and violent at times; so watch with caution. "Funeral Parade of Roses", is simply shocking and brilliant!

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4 Response to "Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) Toshio Matsumoto"

  1. TO says:

    Sweet!

    Thank you

    Another gem.

    Unknown says:

    Thanks!

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