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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Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

The film is caught somewhere between freeform sketch comedy, gonzo documentary, and irony-soaked Warholian melodrama.

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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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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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John Bleasdale
Electric Sheep

Ultimately, this is a film to watch and watch again.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

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

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David Noh
Film Journal International

At once over-the-top camp and an invaluable artifact of a vanished gay age.

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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