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Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)

Bara no sôretsu (original title)
The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan.

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Eddie
Osamu Ogasawara ...
Leda
Yoshimi Jô ...
Jimi
Koichi Nakamura ...
Juju
Flamenco Umeji ...
Greco
Saako Oota ...
Mari
Tarô Manji ...
Nora
Toyosaburo Uchiyama ...
Guevara
Mikio Shibayama ...
Philosopher
Wataru Hikonagi ...
Sabu
Fuchisumi Gomi ...
Piro
Chieko Kobayashi ...
Okei
Yô Satô ...
Radon
Keiichi Takenaga ...
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Mamoru Hirata
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The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan.

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One short but prominent scene in the film takes place in an alley, with the characters standing in front of five Japanese posters for Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Oedipus Rex." Given the plot of the film, this eventually comes to constitute a significant allusion. See more »

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Orphée aux enfers
Composed by Jacques Offenbach
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A must see movie
3 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that was made in the late '60s, early '70s period of Japan when Japan influenced by the Hippie culture was experimenting with their own brand of Avant Garde culture that was sometimes called "Angura". This is shortened Japanese pronunciation for "Underground". As the word suggests, these were experimental non-mainstream production that explored much about free sex, and anti establishment view of the world.

Gay culture was almost never picked up in Japanese movie up to this point, and it was first public exposure to the literally underground culture of the society at that time. This movie was also the debut for Pita or Shinnosuke Ikehata as Eddie. He has become somewhat of an icon for gay culture in Japan, but this movie was actually the first time he appeared as gay in public, and prior to that, he was only known as a beautiful boy dancer. His father was a natori of Japanese dance school, and he is a trained dancer himself.

Producers of this movie auditioned over 100 candidates, but couldn't find the right talent. Novel writer Tsutomu Minakami told the producers about "this boy" who was a go go dancer at a club in Roppongi. When the producers went to the club, and met the then 16 year old Ikehata, they knew they had the right person. Ikehata had a nick name Pita from Peter Pan, as he was so beautiful, and it was difficult to tell if he was a boy or a girl.

Story is bit convoluted, Eddie, who is the top host at the club Junne has intimate relation with the club's owner Gonda (Yoshio Tsuchiya). When the madam of the club Leda discovers this, he goes into a jealous frenzy, and tries to hurt Eddie. Eddie gets an idea to kill Leda, but that also brought back his suppressed memory of killing his own mother. Leda makes an attempt on Eddie's beauty by trying to cut his face, but fails. Gonda dumps Leda, and Leda commits suicide. But Gonda finds out the real truth about the relation between himself and Eddie.

The production of this movie is above average for avant garde movies made during this period. There's humor, talent, interesting point of view, and a real story. This is one of must see movies to come out of Japan.


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