In Parade, Isao Yukisada masterfully crafts a story that examines friendship, secrets and romance in an eerie yet humorous tone. Set in Tokyo, four roommates from various backgrounds let a drifter stay in their apartment despite the neighborhoods alarm over a rapist on the loose. Is their new blonde-haired friend as kind as he seems or is there something darker lurking underneath the surface?
I caught Parade at the L.A. Film Fest last month where it made its U.S. premiere and the director talked about how he brought much of the humor to the film which was adapted from Shuichi Yoshida's novel of the same name. It's a solid movie with interesting characters and one of the best from the fest.
Official Site: www.parade-movie.com