Funeral Parade of Roses

Toshio Matsumoto’s queer masterpiece is like an oyster—impossibly, impeccably fresh and cool. Japanese gay icon Peter stars in his breakout role as a young trans girl caught in a triangle with the transwoman who runs the bar where she works and the boss’s gangster boyfriend. Matsumoto toggles between documentary interviews with “gayboys,” his melodramatic plot, and avant-garde cinema verve with feverish aplomb. 1969 Toshio Matsumoto. 1.33:1 B&W DCP 105 min. In Japanese with subtitles.