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Funeral Parade of Roses

Funeral Parade of Roses
UK release poster
Directed by Toshio Matsumoto
Produced by Mitsuru Kudo
Keiko Machida
Written by Toshio Matsumoto
Starring Pîtâ
Osamu Ogasawara
Yoshio Tsuchiya
Emiko Azuma
Music by Joji Yuasa
Cinematography Tatsuo Suzuki
Edited by Toshie Iwasa
Distributed by Art Theatre Guild
Release dates
  • 13 September 1969 (1969-09-13)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Funeral Parade of Roses (薔薇の葬列 Bara no Sōretsu) is a 1969 Japanese drama film directed by Toshio Matsumoto. It is a loose adaptation of Oedipus Rex set in the underground gay counterculture of 1960s Tokyo. The film was released by ATG (Art Theatre Guild) on 13 September 1969 in Japan; however, it did not receive a US release until October 29, 1970. Matsumoto's earlier film For My Crushed Right Eye contains some of the same footage and could almost be seen as a trailer for Funeral Parade of Roses, although a true trailer was also made.

An important work of the Japanese New Wave, Funeral Parade of Roses combines elements of arthouse, documentary and experimental cinema.

The film was a major influence on Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film A Clockwork Orange.[1]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The film follows the trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Tokyo. The title is a pun, "rose"/"Bara" in Japanese is similar to the use of the word "pansy" in American slang.[2]


  • Pîtâ as Eddie
  • Osamu Ogasawara as Leda
  • Yoshio Tsuchiya as Gonda
  • Emiko Azuma as Eddie's mother
  • Toyosaburo Uchiyama as Guevera
  • Don Madrid as Tony
  • Koichi Nakamura as Juju
  • Chieko Kobayashi as Okei
  • Shōtarō Akiyama as himself
  • Kiyoshi Awazu as himself


The film was set and shot in Tokyo.


  1. ^ Smirke, Richard. "Film: Funeral Parade Of Roses".  
  2. ^
  • (Japanese) 薔薇の葬列 (Bara no Sōretsu) at the Japanese Movie Database
  • "Eros Effect" review by Lucid Screening
  • Funeral Parade of Roses at the Internet Movie Database
  • Sharp, Jasper (2006-09-26). "Funeral Parade of Roses (Review)". Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  • Thompson, Nathaniel (2006). DVD Delirium: The International Guide to Weird and Wonderful Films on DVD; Volume 3.  
  • "Timeline for a Timeless Story" essay by Jim O'Rourke for the Masters of Cinema

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