Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)
A Film by Toshio Matsumoto
DVD5 | ISO | NTSC 4:3 | Complete Scans | 01:44:45 | 4,42 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 2.0 @ 384 Kbps | Subtitles: English
Genre: Art-house, Drama | Masters of Cinema #32
A feverish collision of avant-garde aesthetics and grind-house shocks (not to mention a direct influence on Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange), 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.