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Funeral Parade of Roses

薔薇の葬列 | Bara no sôretsu

Directed by Toshio Matsumoto
Japan, 1969
Avant-Garde, Cult, LGBT+


A feverish collision of avant-garde aesthetics and grind-house shocks (not to mention a direct influence on Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange), Funeral Parade of Roses takes us on an electrifying journey into the nether-regions of the late-’60s Tokyo underworld.

Funeral Parade of Roses Directed by Toshio Matsumoto
Once nearly impossible to see, Funeral Parade of Roses is a dizzying pop experimental epic that bounds off the screen and screams to be heard.
June 14, 2017
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Both transgender and transgenre, Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses, his first feature, updates Oedipus Rex by way of high-modernist Euro cinema, low melodrama, and avant-garde documentary.
June 07, 2017
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Matsumoto mixes documentary footage (student demonstrations, interviews with queens) and self-referential gestures (we see the cast and crew at work) to create a near anarchic form that challenges authority.
January 01, 1980
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