FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES (bara no soretsu) (1969 JAPAN) D/W: TOSHIO MATSUMOTO P: MITSUROO KUDO
This b/w counter-culture landmark in Japanese cinema is pretty dated nowadays and is about 30. mins too long, but still has some interesting ideas and visuals. Transvestite Peter stars as Eddie who wants to take over the hostess bar she works in. She tries to seduce the current madam's lover/boss (Yoshio Tsuchiya from Toho monster movies) and move in in what's basicaly a condensed gay version of Oedipus Rex. The film is often stopped for behind the scenes commentary, interviews with many transvestite "gay boys", the Eirin stamp, a pot party orgy with freak-out guitar on the soundtrack and even a trip up the Tokyo tower (much of the location photography is excellent). With a (real) sinking graveyard, sex scenes to fairground music, speeded-up scenes and the film is reviewed by a critic. Mostly arty and pretentious, but the climatic self-mutilation of the eyes is creepy, bloody and memorable. With Emiko Yazuma.

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