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Black Rose (1969)

Kuro bara no yakata (original title)
Though mostly known for his gritty yakuza dramas and, now, his legendary cult film Battle Royale, Kinji Fukasaku's career ranges across (and liberally messes around with) many genres. Black... See full synopsis »

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Credited cast:
Akihiro Miwa ...
Ryuko (as Akihiro Maruyama)
Eitarô Ozawa ...
Kyohei
Masakazu Tamura ...
Wataru
Ayako Hôshô ...
Kyohei's Wife
Kô Nishimura
Kikko Matsuoka
Ryôhei Uchida
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Akira Jo ...
Mulatto companion of Ryuko
Hideo Murota ...
Kyohei's son - Wataru's brother
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Though mostly known for his gritty yakuza dramas and, now, his legendary cult film Battle Royale, Kinji Fukasaku's career ranges across (and liberally messes around with) many genres. Black Rose Mansion is one of his least definable films. Famous drag-star/singer Akihiro Maruyama stars in this feverishly perverse, campy and baroque freak-out. A wealthy playboy installs songbird "Black Rose" (Maruyama) in his elegant private men's club to bolster business - but he gets more than he bargains for when she attracts scores of homicidal past lovers, and not only he but his ne'er-do-well son end up falling for the femme fatale.

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Unusual stylized melodrama with Kabuki influence
3 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shochiku stylized melodrama, with Kabuki influence in that the female lead is played by a female impersonator. The unspoken irony is that this object of male desire and obsession is played by a man with a very male face, height, hands. His studied precision at mimicking traditional Japanese female characteristics makes the response of the male characters seem appropriately pathetic. Fukasaku's studied use of visual metaphor has a distancing effect. An odd, but fascinating film. Don't watch it for the plot. Watch it for the complex point of view and the lead's tour de force performance. It doesn't belong to the same category as the John Waters' films. There's no mockery here, self or other.


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