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Black Rose (1969)

Kuro bara no yakata (original title)
When the enigmatic woman Ryoko (played by Mishima-discovered female impersonator Akihiro Miwa) arrives at the Black Rose Mansion to perform, not only do the gentleman patrons seem smitten ... See full summary »

Director:

Kinji Fukasaku
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Credited cast:
Akihiro Miwa Akihiro Miwa ... Ryuko (as Akihiro Maruyama)
Eitarô Ozawa ... Kyohei
Masakazu Tamura Masakazu Tamura ... Wataru
Ayako Hôshô Ayako Hôshô ... Kyohei's Wife
Kô Nishimura
Kikko Matsuoka Kikko Matsuoka
Ryôhei Uchida
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akira Jo Akira Jo ... Mulatto companion of Ryuko
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Kyohei's son - Wataru's brother
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When the enigmatic woman Ryoko (played by Mishima-discovered female impersonator Akihiro Miwa) arrives at the Black Rose Mansion to perform, not only do the gentleman patrons seem smitten by her mystery and beauty, but past flames arrive to vie and die for her affections, as well. But things get even more complicated when the Mansion's manager and his wayward son both fall for the same dangerous woman.

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Hammer meets Kabuki
23 May 2006 | by sebbyangelSee all my reviews

This movie is basically a gorgeous showpiece for Akihiro Miwa, a famous female impersonator in Japan. Akihiro is actually a very interesting person who has written several mind-opening books about his own life and philosophies. He definitely has a stage presence and even if he doesn't fully pass as a woman physically, he has the mannerism down to a believability and he wears gorgeous clothes.

The plot is negligible and the whole movie really was thrown together to showcase Akihiro and that really is it. The cinematography is good and the colors are beautiful along with the set pieces.

I would lump this movie in with other 60's/early 70's foreign movies that mixed Poe with erotica and camp, like Vampiros Lesbos, Daughters of Darkness, and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Its less a movie and more a well-choreographed documentation of a unique performer and a wild time-period.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 July 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Rose See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku Ofuna, Shochiku See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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