薔薇の葬列 (Funeral Parade of Roses) 1969 Ages 18+

12.30PM Sat 23 Jan 2021 (1hr 45mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

Funeral Parade of Roses will screen from an imported 16mm print.

By branching out of his documentary career, experimental director Toshio Matsumoto produced his most revered work—the intoxicating and surreal debut feature that is Funeral Parade of Roses. A subversive take on the Greek tragedy Oedipus, the film follows Eddie (played by queer icon Shinnosuke Ikehata aka Peter, who later won critical acclaim in Akira Kurosawa’s Ran), a notorious hostess and rising star of a queer nightclub in Tokyo’s underground scene. Eddie is passionately enveloped in destructive intimacy and a violently jealous love triangle, and as a result is confronted with traumatic childhood memories. This all comes to a head with the film’s dizzying climax—fueled by a whirlwind of drugs, sex, music and undeniably fabulous glamour.

Matsumoto splices narrative with documentary-style interviews alongside arthouse, avant-garde and Brechtian performance devices, all the while confronting the then taboo subjects of gender and sexuality head on. Catch a rare glimpse into the queer community of 1960s Japan through this visual and sonic cacophony of Japanese New Wave cinema.

© 1969 Matsumoto Production

CREDITS

16MM, B&W, STEREO, 105 MINUTES, JAPAN, JAPANESE (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/WRITER: TOSHIO MATSUMOTO / PRODUCER: MITSURU KUDO, KEIKO MACHIDA / CINEMATOGRAPHER: TATSUO SUZUKI / EDITOR: TOSHIE IWASA / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: MATSUMOTO PRODUCTIONS / SCREENING FORMAT: 16MM