Brand new digital restoration!
FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES (1969)
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. Transgender
actor Pita (from Kurosawa’s RAN) gives an astonishing Edie
Sedgwick/Warhol superstar-like performance as Eddie, hostess at Bar
Genet - where she’s ignited a violent love-triangle with reigning drag
queen Leda, for the attentions of club owner Gonda. A key work of the
Japanese New Wave and of queer cinema, Stanley Kubrick cited this film as
a direct influence on his own dystopian classic A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.
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