The radical heart of Japan beats loudly in Funeral Parade of Roses, which nimbly combines late-60s queer / transgender / underground Tokyo culture, Greek tragedy, documentary, parody and schlock-horror, all twisted up in a time-shifting structure and fearless stylistic shifts. The loose, looping story concerns Eddie (played by gay icon ‘Peter’) and his rival bar hostess Leda, who’s jealous and out for revenge. It all works incredibly well, breaking boundaries left and right without pausing for thought, and opens up multiple windows onto the late-60s counterculture explosion.

Screening as part of Japan 2021: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema is a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.

Funeral Parade of Roses poster