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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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Cast

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
Yûsuke Kawazu
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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Drama

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References Black Lizard (1968) See more »

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Unusual stylized melodrama with Kabuki influence
3 February 2006 | by bbbandbbb2003See 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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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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