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Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)

Bara no sôretsu (original title)
The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan.

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Toshio Matsumoto
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pîtâ ... Eddie
Osamu Ogasawara Osamu Ogasawara ... Leda
Yoshimi Jô Yoshimi Jô ... Jimi
Koichi Nakamura Koichi Nakamura ... Juju
Flamenco Umeji Flamenco Umeji ... Greco
Saako Oota Saako Oota ... Mari
Tarô Manji Tarô Manji ... Nora
Toyosaburo Uchiyama Toyosaburo Uchiyama ... Guevara
Mikio Shibayama Mikio Shibayama ... Philosopher
Wataru Hikonagi Wataru Hikonagi ... Sabu
Fuchisumi Gomi Fuchisumi Gomi ... Piro
Chieko Kobayashi Chieko Kobayashi ... Okei
Yô Satô Yô Satô ... Radon
Keiichi Takenaga Keiichi Takenaga ... Humpback
Mamoru Hirata Mamoru Hirata
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Storyline

While dealing drugs on the side, Gonda operates the Genet, a gay bar in Tokyo where he has hired a stable of transvestites to service the customers. The madame or lead "girl" of the bar is Leda, an older, old fashioned geisha-styled transvestite with who Gonda lives and is in a relationship. Arguably, the most popular of the girls working at the bar now is Eddie, a younger, modern transvestite. Like Leda, Eddie lives openly as a woman. Eddie's troubled life includes her father having deserted the family when she was a child, and having had a difficult relationship with her mother following, she who mocked Eddie's ability to be the man the of the family. Gonda enters into a sexual relationship with Eddie, who he promises to make madame of the bar, replacing Leda in both facets of his life, with Eddie having threatened to quit otherwise. While Leda suspects what Gonda and Eddie are up to, Gonda tells Leda what she wants to hear, much as he tells Eddie what she wants to hear. As this ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

29 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Funeral Parade of Roses See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One short but prominent scene in the film takes place in an alley, with the characters standing in front of five Japanese posters for Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Oedipus Rex." Given the plot of the film, this eventually comes to constitute a significant allusion. See more »

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References Tanin no kao (1966) See more »

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Symphony No. 5 in C minor
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clean? :-) fun
14 October 2003 | by mingus_xSee all my reviews

If you really are looking for a good time in a movie theatre - watch this movie ! It has been said that some of Kubrick's visual and sonic ideas for "Clockwork Orange" were inspired by this movie; after having seen it, i'm more than convinced that this is true.

This movie offers a lot of cinematic ideas and it uses surprising ways to make a point within a story.

What is the reason that films with a spirit and mood like that have vanished from the screen ? Have the politics in the movie industry really become so strict ? This movie watched nowadays has (but maybe had always) a subversive feel to it, why is that ?

It definitely offers something different and therefore would be very welcome in movie theatres and videostores around the world to free us from all the uninspired formula movies.


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