Funeral Parade of Roses

Funeral Parade of Roses

Synopsis

"A carnivalesque melding of documentary verité and avant-garde psychedelia, Funeral Parade of Roses offers a shocking and ecstatic journey through the nocturnal underworld of Tokyo's Shinjuku neighborhood, following the strange misadventures of a rebellious drag queen fending off his/her rivals. Often cited as a major inspiration for Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, Matsumoto's breakthrough film is a visually audacious and lyrically abstract testament to the vertiginous daring of the post-war Japanese avant-garde art and film scenes. Matsumoto orchestrates a series of quite astonishing visual set pieces, including actual performances by the influential Fluxus-inspired street theater groups, the Zero Jigen and Genpei Akasegawa." – Harvard Film Archive

Technical Specs

Director: Toshio Matsumoto
Year: 1969
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Duration: 105 min
Alternate Title: Bara No Sōretsu