FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES (18) JAPAN 1969 MATSUMOTO, TOSHIO BLU RAY £19.99
A celebration of youth and subcultures, a condemnation of intolerance, and a one-of-kind cinematic experience, Funeral Parade of Roses is a kaleidoscopic masterpiece and one of the most intoxicating films of the 60s
Transgender actor Pîtâ gives an astonishing performance as Eddie, hostess at Bar Genet – where she’s ignited a violent love-triangle with reigning drag queen Leda for the attentions of club owner Gonda.
One of Japan’s leading experimental filmmakers, Toshio Matsumoto bends and distorts time, and freely mixes documentary interviews, Brechtian film-within-a-film asides, Oedipal premonitions of disaster, his own avant-garde shorts, and even on-screen cartoon balloons. Funeral Parade of Roses is a celebration of youth and subcultures, a condemnation of intolerance, and a one-of-kind cinematic experience. A kaleidoscopic masterpiece, and one of the most subversive, intoxicating films of the 60s, released for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK.
This special two-disc edition is strictly limited to 3,000 copies.
Released in High Definition for the first time in the UK
Audio commentary by author and film historian Chris Desjardins (Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film)
Eight restored avant-garde short films from director Toshio Matsumoto
Nishijin (1961, 25 mins)
The Song of Stone (1963, 24 mins)
Ecstasis (1969, 11 mins)
Metastasis (1971, 8 mins)
Expansion (1972, 14 mins)
Mona Lisa (1973, 3 mins)
Siki Soku Z Ku (1975, 8 mins)
Atman (1975, 11 mins)
Original theatrical trailer (1969)
Restoration trailer (2017)
***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with essays by Jim O’Rourke and director Toshio Matsumoto and full film credits
In Japanese with English subtitles
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