Funeral Parade of Roses


Time Out says

Like Oshima's contemporary Diary of a Shinjuku Thief, this still extraordinary filmwas a response to the 1968 student riots. But Matsumoto goes further than Oshima - into Shinjuku 2-chome, Tokyo's gay ghetto, to enact a queer revamp of the Oedipus myth. Popular young trannie Eddie (Peter, later the Fool in Ran) throws himself into affairs with a black GI anda Japanese hippie to drown out his memoriesof killing his mother when he caught her inflagrante with a stranger. Then he shacks upwith Gonda, manager of the gay bar Genet, only to find out that the man is his long-lost father. Matsumoto splinters the story's time-frame, splashes captions across the frame and cuts in bits of ciné vérité and interviews with the cast - making it one of the most formally advanced films of the psychedelic decade.


Release details

105 mins

Cast and crew

Toshio Matsumoto
Toshio Matsumoto
Osamu Ogasawara
Toyosaburo Uchiyama
Don Madrid
Emiko Azuma
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