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  • Funeral Parade of Roses

    ★★★★★

  • Ran

    ★★★★★

  • The Face of Another

    ★★★★½

  • Woman in the Dunes

    ★★★★★

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  • Funeral Parade of Roses

    Funeral Parade of Roses

    ★★★★★

    Funeral Parade of Roses, is a bizarre non-chronological order avant garde gay mix of fiction and documentary that take place in late 1960s Japan

    A beautiful, sleazy, and wonderful story about transvestites fighting over who should be the head mistress at their bar in 1960s Tokyo, junking it with local experimental filmmakers, and sexing it with lovers. Eddie, the transgender host extraordinaire at local gay club Genet, his affair with Genet's owner, his hipster experimental filmmaking friends, and his rivalry…

  • Ran

    Ran

    ★★★★★

    The last epic directed by Akira Kurosawa, Ran takes the King Lear story to the Sengoku period (1467-1615), plunges its characters and themes into one of the most chaotic periods in Japanese history, and leaves us devastated by the multifaceted results. Akira Kurosawa read about Mori Motonari, a powerful feudal lord in Japan during the Sengoku period in the 1500s, in the 1970s. He began working on a new film and was influenced by Shakespeare's "King Lear."

    Ran was a…

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  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    ★★★★★

    Woman in the Dunes is Hiroshi Teshigahara's collaboration with Kôbô Abe creating a stunning piece of cinema. It is a critique of alienation, modernity and identity and social escapism. It's adapted from Abe's novel by Kôbô Abe and the film is infused with a spirit of deadpan surrealism; A man searching for insects by the sea, Junpei entomologist, is trapped at the bottom of a sand pit with the widow by local villagers. At first, Jumpei tried every way that…

  • The Face of Another

    The Face of Another

    ★★★★½

    "We would all be strangers to one another,"

    - Dr. Hira (Eiji Okada)

    Despite the popularity of the relatively linear Woman in the Dunes, the writer returned to a more complicated multiple-narrative framework in Pitfall. Furthermore, they relocated to an urban location for the first time, and Teshigahara was able to apply even more cinematic gimmicks than in the previous two films combined.

    The story follows a guy who is given a new face after an accident at work leaves…