Sight and Sound - 09/01/2008
"BLACK ROSE MANSION is a melodramatic thriller that echoes Douglas Sirk in its use of colour and tinting, its extravagant camera movements and preoccupation with obsessive love."
From Kinji Fukasaku, director of the controversial BATTLE ROYALE (2000) comes this 1969 oddity starring female impersonator Akihiro Maruyama of BLACK LIZARD (1968). When wealthy Kyohei (Eitaro Ozawa) hires singer "Black Rose" (Maruyama) to perform in his exclusive men's club, he gets more than he bargains for when she brings dozens of murderous ex-lovers out of the woodwork--at the same time that Kyohei and his son begin to fall in love with her. Campy, noir-ish fun!