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Funeral Parade of Roses(薔薇の葬列)

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Japan · 1969
1h 45m
Director Toshio Matsumoto
Starring Pîtâ, Osamu Ogasawara, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Emiko Azuma
Genre Drama

A feverish collision of avant-garde aesthetics and grind-house shocks, 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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Funeral Parade of Roses is probably not like anything you've ever seen. Unapologetically confrontational and aggressively open about it's endorsement of homosexual and nonbinary relationships years before these ideas found acceptance in Western cinema, Funeral resembles the boldness of John Waters' greatest films, but with an exuberance for life that will leave you simultaneously questioning what you just watched and desperate for more.

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