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  Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray [read more]
  Big in Japan
  Strictly Limited Edition 2-disc Blu-ray released on 18 May 2020 with simultaneous release on iTunes and Amazon Prime. A BFI Player release will follow this summer as part of BFI JAPAN 2020, a major new season which will include nine collections of Japanese film being made available on the platform.

This kaleidoscopic masterpiece, one of the most subversive, intoxicating films of the 60s and a classic of queer cinema, is a headlong dive into a dazzling unseen Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars and fabulous divas.

Funeral Parade of Roses will be released on Blu-ray - the first time it has been available on Blu-ray in the UK - on 18 May 2020, and will simultaneously be available for rental and download-to-own on iTunes and Amazon Prime. It will be available on BFI Player's subscription service later this summer as part of a major new collection of Japanese films, BFI JAPAN 2020, which launches on 11 May and continues until October. This 2-disc Blu-ray is a strictly Limited Edition of 3000 copies.

Toshio Matsumoto, one of Japan's leading experimental filmmakers, bends and distorts time, and freely mixes documentary interviews, Brechtian film-within-a-film asides, Oedipal premonitions of disaster, his own avant-garde shorts (eight of which are included on this release), and even on-screen cartoon balloons. Trans actor Peter 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. See a clip at the link.
  Graeme Clark [5 May 2020 at 17:48]
     

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