Capturing the fervour of 1960s counterculture in Shinjuku, Tokyo, this representative Japanese queer film is delightfully chaotic. Bar Genet's new star hostess is the transgender icon Eddie, whose confidence and sexuality threaten the bar's long-time madame Leda, but attract Gonda, the bar's owner. While Eddie becomes entangled in this love triangle, she spends her time with joint-smoking drop-outs, watches experimental films, dances to distorted rock music and occasionally gets involved in protests. Matsumoto described the film's structure and form as like dropping a mirror on the floor and picking up the broken pieces. 

With the screening of this new 4K digital restoration of the film, made from the original 35mm negative, we celebrate the life of its director, Matsumoto Toshio. Having recently passed away, his influence on Japanese documentary film, experimental film and film criticism remains deeply felt.

Original title
Bara no sōretsu
Filmmaker
Matsumoto Toshio
Country
Japan
Year
1969
Medium
DCP
Length
105’
Language
Japanese
Producer
Mitsuru Kudo, Keiko Machida
Production Company
Art Theatre Guild, Matsumoto Production Company
Sales
Arbelos Films
Writer
Matsumoto Toshio
Cinematography
Suzuki Tatsuo
Editor
Iwasa Toshie
Production Design
Asakura Setsu
Sound Design
Katayama Mikio
Music
Yuasa Jôji
Cast
Peter, Ogasawara Osamu, Tsuchiya Yoshio, Azuma Emiko, Uchiyama Toyosaburo, Nakamura Koichi, Kobayashi Chieko