Funeral Parade of Roses

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Funeral Parade of Roses
Japanese film poster
Directed byToshio Matsumoto
Produced by
  • Mitsuru Kudo
  • Keiko Machida
Written byToshio Matsumoto
Music byJoji Yuasa
CinematographyTatsuo Suzuki
Edited byToshie Iwasa
Distributed byArt Theatre Guild
Release date
  • 13 September 1969 (1969-09-13)
Running time
105 minutes

Funeral Parade of Roses (薔薇の葬列, Bara no Sōretsu) is a 1969 Japanese drama film directed and written by Toshio Matsumoto, loosely adapted from Oedipus Rex and set in the underground gay culture of 1960s Tokyo. It stars Peter as the protagonist, a young transvestite, and features Osamu Ogasawara, Yoshio Tsuchiya and Emiko Azuma. A product of the Japanese New Wave, the film combines elements of arthouse, documentary and experimental cinema.

The title is a pun, as "rose" (bara) in Japanese can have a similar meaning to "pansy" in English slang.[1]

The film was released by A.T.G. (Art Theatre Guild) on September 13, 1969 in Japan; however, it did not receive a United States release until October 29, 1970. Matsumoto's previous film For My Crushed Right Eye contains some of the same footage and could almost be interpreted as a trailer for Funeral Parade, although a true trailer was also made. In June 2017, it received a 4K restoration and a limited theatrical rerelease.


The film follows the trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transgender women in Tokyo.


  • Peter 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. ^ "Exclusive - Fantagraphics to publish 'Massive' anthology of gay manga". 31 December 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2017.

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