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Funeral Parade Of Roses
Director: Toshio Matsumoto
Cast: Peter, Osamu Ogasawara, Yoshio Tsuchiya
Studio: Cinelicious Pics Genre: Gay & Lesbian
Pre-Order Date: 11/14/2017 Release Date: 11/14/2017
Production Year: 1969 SRP: $39.99
Catalog #: CP663390002018 UPC: 663390002018
Format: Blu-ray Number of Discs: 2
Language: Japanese Subtitles:
Picture Format: Full Screen 1.33:1 Audio Format: N/A
Plot Summary:

Long unavailable in the U.S., director Toshio Matsumoto’s shattering, kaleidoscopic masterpiece is one of the most subversive and intoxicating films of the late 1960s: a headlong dive into a dazzling, unseen Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars and fabulous divas, fueled by booze, drugs, fuzz guitars, performance art and black mascara. No less than Stanley Kubrick cited the film as a direct influence on his own dystopian classic A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. An unknown club dancer at the time, transgender actor Peter (from Kurosawa’s RAN) gives an astonishing Edie Sedgwick/Warhol superstar-like performance as hot young thing Eddie, hostess at Bar Genet — where she’s ignited a violent love-triangle with reigning drag queen Leda (Osamu Ogasawara) for the attentions of club owner Gonda (played by Kurosawa regular Yoshio Tsuchiya, from SEVEN SAMURAI and YOJIMBO).

 One of Japan’s leading experimental filmmakers, Matsumoto bends and distorts time here like Resnais in LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, freely mixing documentary interviews, Brechtian film-within-a-film asides, Oedipal premonitions of disaster, his own avant-garde shorts, and even on-screen cartoon balloons, into a dizzying whirl of image + sound. Featuring breathtaking black-and-white cinematography by Tatsuo Suzuki that rivals the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, FUNERAL PARADE offers a frank, openly erotic and unapologetic portrait of an underground community of drag queens.

 Whether laughing with drunken businessmen, eating ice cream with her girlfriends, or fighting in the streets with a local girl gang, Peter’s ravishing Eddie is something to behold. “She has bad manners, all she knows is coquetry,” complains her rival Leda – but in fact, Eddie’s bad manners are simply being too gorgeous for this world. Her stunning presence, in bell-bottom pants, black leather jacket and Brian Jones hair-do, is a direct threat to the social order, both in the Bar Genet and in the streets of Tokyo. A key work of the Japanese New Wave and of queer cinema, FUNERAL PARADE has been restored in 4k from the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements for this 2017 re-release.

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Downloads:

- Blu-ray Artwork

Special Features:

- New 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
- 8 newly remastered avant-garde short films by Toshio Matsumoto
- Audio commentary by Chris D.
- U.S. Theatrical Trailer
- Original 1969 Japanese Theatrical Trailer
- New essay by Hirofumi Sakamoto, Director of the Postwar Japan Moving Image Archive

Reviews:

" Few movies are as redolent of their times as 'Funeral Parade of Roses', a 1969 exemplar of Japanese countercultural ferment...retrieved from history's dustbin and digitally restored to its original black-and-white glory... " ---New York Times

"Toshio Matsumoto's 1969 film Funeral Parade of Roses is a heady affair, especially when seen in our aesthetically and politically conservative times. It imparts the thrill of witnessing the hedonism and lawlessness both sexual and artistic of a bygone culture. You also feel an almost tragic surge of melancholia watching it: where and when, you wonder, will cinema ever get quite this wild again?" ---Film Comment

"50 Years Later, This Transgressive Japanese Drama Is Still a Party and a Procession." ---Indiewire

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