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Funeral Parade of Roses (bara no Soretsu) - Masters of Cinema series [DVD]

Pītā , Osamu Ogasawara , Toshio Matsumoto    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Pītā, Osamu Ogasawara, Toyosaburo Uchiyama, Don Madrid, Emiko Azuma
  • Directors: Toshio Matsumoto
  • Writers: Toshio Matsumoto
  • Producers: Keiko Machida, Mitsuru Kudo, Sumiko Fujisawa
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FOT6YW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,735 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A feverish collision of avant-garde aesthetics and grind-house shocks (not to mention a direct influence on Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange), Funeral Parade of Roses takes us on an electrifying journey into the nether-regions of the late-'60s Tokyo underworld. In Toshio Matsumoto's controversial debut feature, seemingly nothing is taboo: neither the incorporation of visual flourishes straight from the worlds of contemporary graphic-design, painting, comic-books, and animation; nor the unflinching depiction of nudity, sex, drug-use, and public-toilets. But of all the "transgressions" here on display, perhaps one in particular stands out the most: the film's groundbreaking and unapologetic portrayal of Japanese gay subculture.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Remastered, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 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. ...Funeral Parade of Roses ( Bara no soretsu ) ( Funeral Procession of Roses )

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Japanese New Wave 15 Sep 2006
Funeral Parade announces itself as: "A Parody of Oedipus Rex" - a parody played out in the transvestite subculture of late 60s Tokyo. It sticks closely to Oedipus, right down to the extremely shocking bloodthirsty finale, but of course all the gender roles are subverted/realigned (interesting to compare with Pasolini's

Oedipus from around the same time).

Like Oshima's better known Diary of a Shinjuku Thief, Funeral Parade takes place amid late 60s Shinjuku bohemia, combining fictional & documentary scenes, actors & non-actors, but mixing everything up, blurring the line between what is acted and what is "real". Actors give interviews to camera about their roles. Gay youths on the streets are interviewed about their lives. Different scenes are replayed in different narrative contexts. In other words, lots of self-reflexivity & Brecht/Godard estrangement effects.

It's easy to see why this film was a sensation in 1969, why it then fell into neglect and why it is being revived now. It uses every new wave cinematic device/trick & is VERY 1960s (dope smoking parties, orgies, characters called Guevara etc). Some might still find it irritating & passé but most people now will probably find it a fascinating period piece.

Funeral Parade is extremely well-made, compared to most low budget underground movies it's very slick: beautiful black & white cinematography, clever narrative structure, committed "acting" - the transvestite cast here, including the famous Peter, clearly empathized with the ideas of parody & pastiche being played out. What makes Funeral Parade different to most 60s movies is this gay subculture setting & the fact that the movie is unsentimental & ironic towards its period concerns.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the rarity lovers 3 Mar 2013
By Mario
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Funeral Parade of Roses is an underground film which portrays the Tokyo scene at the 60's: a world full of drugs, sex and freedom in a very funky way. Now, all this is already gone so this film stands as almost a documentary landmark of that era. The copy quality is good and the essays are very helpful in contextualizing the film, something that the "Master of Cinema" DVD collection have always been good at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, wow, whoa! 20 Jun 2009
This ws just a great movie. Fun visuals and a great re-interpretation of the Oedipus tragedy. I really loved it's portrayal of drag queens as 3-dimensional, not just a silly man in a frock. A great film, good visuals and a great plot.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Funural parade of roses 8 Sep 2014
By Lisa J.
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Sorry but this one didnt do it for me.I felt nothing watching this. A matter of taste of course.Nice footage but other than that it is boring.Not a keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom 22 Feb 2012
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I would just like to mention that NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom will play on PC's using the Ubuntu operating system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and wondrous masterpiece of art 1 Aug 2012
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Toshio Matsumoto created an amazing slice of cultural production in his first full-length feature film "Funeral Parade of Roses" (aka "Funeral Procession of Roses" and "Bara no sōretsu"). Matsumoto blends so many story-telling and film-making techniques that the whole films is one massive, dreamy stream of avant garde stream of soliloquies, breaking of the third wall, interviews, quotes, music interludes, comics, costume exchanges, etc. The impossible is completed and this bouillabaisse of film is a beautiful, entertaining and irresistible fantasy.

This story follows the Oedipus Myth, yet it is set in 1960s Tokyo with gorgeous black and white cinematography which makes the dreamy setting look as dated as the 1930s or as recent as the 1980s. Club owner and playboy Gonda (Yoshio Tsuchiya) is involved in a love triangle between aging drag queen (Osamu Ogasawara) and the youthful go-go dancer and hostess Eddie (Peter, aka Pītā or Shinnosuke Ikehata). As the two feud, Eddie reminiscences of murdering his own tormenting mother(Emiko Azuma) and her lover. As events unfold, the partying, romances, infighting and surrounding clashes of student protesting in 1960s Tokyo reaches a gory climax with a shocking revelation.

Experimental film, documentary, myth, poetry, art and fiction are bent and blended as much as gender, sex, sexuality and sexual orientation. There are a lot of trippy scenes and gnarly images as well as humor, erotica and drama. Peter is excellent as the star-crossed free-spirit Eddie managing great talent in facial expression from mourning to annoyance at a hair salon as well as feminine mannerisms. The poetic interludes and introductions, not narrated but simply shown with place-cards, are beautifully apt, touching and philosophical. The little touches of experimentalism in scenes like the cat fight in the club where the characters wardrobes transform to fit a duel or how onlookers form to rubberneck the event. This is one of many samples of experimental filmmaking paired with traditional narrative and mythology working very well together in the film, but it is best to watch the movie yourself to see how Matsumoto does it through the whole movie. Many viewers can recognize the influences this film would have on film director Stanley Kubrick and A Clockwork Orange with the sped up action synchronized with European classical music. With frank depictions of sex and other sensitive subjects as well as gory violence, this film is not for everyone. But if you can handle such topics, this can be an entertaining masterpiece and gem of cinema for you. It is a shame this is not available on all DVD regions.
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