Funeral Parade of Roses

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Funeral Parade of Roses
Japanese film poster
Directed by Toshio Matsumoto
Produced by
  • Mitsuru Kudo
  • Keiko Machida
Written by Toshio Matsumoto
Music by Joji Yuasa
Cinematography Tatsuo Suzuki
Edited by Toshie Iwasa
Distributed by Art Theatre Guild
Release date
  • 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 and written by Toshio Matsumoto, loosely adapted from Oedipus Rex and set in the underground gay counterculture of 1960s Tokyo. It stars Peter as the protagonist, a young "gay boy", and features Osamu Ogasawara, Yoshio Tsuchiya and Emiko Azuma.

The film was released by ATG (Art Theatre Guild) on 13 September 1969 in Japan; however, it did not receive a United States release until 29 October 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.

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

Funeral Parade of Roses was a major influence on Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film A Clockwork Orange.[1] In June 2017, it received a 4K restoration and limited theatrical re-release.


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 English slang.[2]


  • 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. ^ Smirke, Richard. "Film: Funeral Parade Of Roses". Metro. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Exclusive - Fantagraphics to publish 'Massive' anthology of gay manga". 31 December 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 

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