Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)

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AKA: Bara No Sôretsu
Directed by: Toshio Matsumoto
Starring: Peter (Eddie), Osamu Ogasawara (Leda), Yoshio Tsuchiya (Gonda)
Country: Japan, Asian Cinema
Language: Japanese (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:45:14
Genres: Gay-CrossDressing, Drugs, Incest

Plot – Spoilers:
In ’60s Japan, Gonda the owner of a gay bar runs a parallel drug business there. He is in a relationship with a transvestite Leda who manages the place for him. But with Leda losing her youth and her geisha-sensibilities ageing, Gonda shifts his attention to the young and pop-cultured Eddie, another transvestite working at the bar.

Funeral Parade of Roses follows a non-linear narrative with throwbacks to Eddie’s childhood without a father who left early and a mother who found his masculinity amusing. It all pieces together in the end while also capturing and satirizing the buzz of the underground drug, film and gay scene of ’60s-’70s Japan.

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fred fat
fred fat
March 17, 2021 11:44 pm

astounding – aspects of french new wave but equally unique
a big thank you for this one

Reply to  fred fat
March 18, 2021 3:20 am

YOu are absolutely right. There is certainly the influence of Godard in here. Excellent film and I’m going to watch it again now.

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Reply to  mikethetramp
October 13, 2022 6:16 pm

I see more of Kubrick than Godard here.

Reply to  The White Horseman
August 8, 2023 11:15 pm

Kubrick was influenced by this film in his adaptation of A Clockwork Orange

May 14, 2020 8:12 pm

Thank you for making this available.