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Funeral Procession of Roses (1969)
"Bara no sôretsu" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  29 October 1970 (USA)
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The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan.

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Credited cast:
Pîtâ ...
Eddie
Osamu Ogasawara ...
Leda
Toyosaburo Uchiyama ...
Guevera
Don Madrid ...
Tony
Emiko Azuma ...
Eddie's Mother
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Gonda
Koichi Nakamura ...
Juju
Chieko Kobayashi ...
Okei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shotaro Akiyama ...
Himself
Kiyoshi Awazu ...
Himself
Toshiya Fujita
Masato Hara ...
(as Masataka Hara)
Shinno Ikehata
Yoshihiro Katô
Hôsei Komatsu ...
Male Prostitute
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Uncompromising, unapologetic cinema
30 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In a key moment around the half-way mark in Toshio Matsumoto's Funeral Parade of Roses, the young protagonist Eddie, a transsexual working in Tokyo, stabs his mother's lover and then his mother himself. Matsumoto's film is full of Oedipal subtexts, but here Eddie kills his mother to (perhaps) get to his father, so it is the reverse of the Oedipus story. In fact, most of the film is 'backwards' in the traditional sense, full of narrative tricks, contrasting styles and shifts in tone, moving from melodrama to documentary to horror with each scene.

Eddie (played by real-life queen Pita) is a drag-queen working at a top Tokyo underground club ran by Gonda (Yoshio Tsuchiya). Eddie is the top attraction at the club, much to the envy of ageing madam Leda (Osamu Ogasawara). When Gonda starts a secret affair with Eddie, Leda finds out and plans to hurt and disfigure Eddie in her jealousy. Running alongside this fictional storyline are various interviews with the real-life queens who act in the film, who offer insights about life in Tokyo for queens and how the film will represent them.

There was a huge boom in Japan in the 1960's of films now known as Japanese New Wave. Funeral Parade of Roses is certainly one of the most daring and technically innovative, stripping back genre (and even cinematic) conventions to create one of the most important films in the history of Gay Cinema. This leads to an occasionally confusing and head- spinning film, that can switch quickly from a generic love scene to a moment of avant-garde (an argument between two queens have them shouting at each other with speech bubbles) to a bloody set-piece. One of the most inspirational films to come out of Japan, this was a favourite of Stanley Kubrick's, and no doubt the scenes that are played out in fast- forward were an influence on A Clockwork Orange (1971). Uncompromising, unapologetic cinema.

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