Funeral Parade of Roses
Funeral Parade of Roses (1970)

This violent dramatic bloodbath concerns a love triangle in a gay bar in Tokyo. Eddie (Peter) and the transvestite Leda (Osamu Ogasawara) both have sexual designs on bar manager and drug dealer Gonda (Yoshio Tsuchiya). Gonda fears Leda will… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 29, 1970
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Matsumoto mashes a barrage of audio-visual styles, tones and gimmicks into a brash kaleidoscope of filmic possibility.

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Simon Abrams

You will walk away from Matsumoto's film with a newfound appreciation of what movies can be.

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Bradley Gibson
Film Threat

As a cinematic and cultural document this is fascinating material, definitely worth your time.

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Michael Nordine

Describing this transgressive take on Oedipus Rex purely in terms of plot would be as limiting as calling the King of Thebes slightly confused.

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Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age

Matsumoto's luscious black and white cinematography is ruptured by stylised desire, high melodrama, Jean-Luc Godard dictates, street cinema verite, experimental inserts, and some of the most evocative close-ups of eyelashes you'll ever see.

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Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine

It imparts the thrill of witnessing the hedonism and lawlessness-both sexual and artistic-of a bygone culture. You also feel an almost tragic surge of melancholia watching it: where and when, you wonder, will cinema ever get quite this wild again?

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

A cheeky and provocative experimental look at a largely unknown subculture.

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Robert Ham
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

A gender-fluid take on Oedipus Rex that takes cues from Jonas Mekas (who's name-checked in the film), Seijun Suzuki, and Andy Warhol, Funeral is a frenetic hodgepodge of styles and moods.

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Dustin Krcatovich
Under the Radar

A classic of both queer cinema and experimental film, and it's a real boon to cinephiles everywhere that it's being made widely available again.

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Saskia D.
Quite an experience, and a new one for me for that matter. I've watched all the extra's on the DVD, including Matsumoto's interview and… More
Dimitris Springer
What if writing novelties of say...Proust or Xingjian were to be translated as a neon mural of experimental musical compositions...add some Oedipal… More
Eric Broome
"Funeral Parade of Roses" has extra notoriety because its use of depraved, sped-up footage apparently inspired a similar "A Clockwork… More
K Nife Churchkey
On my first day in Los Angeles I ended up at a small independent cinema called The Cinefamily, and by sheer luck I managed to get in. It just so happened to be… More