Matsumoto’s first feature - 50th anniversary! - casts the indelible openly gay performer Peter as Eddie, a trans woman who works in modern-day Tokyo’s bar and nightclub scene. Her exploits with colleagues and rivals - played by real-life transvestites - unfold in dynamic docufictional fashion, as talking-head interviews, animation, musical comedy-style-street scenes, and nightmarish visions of Eddie’s mother and partners all join to blur boundaries between genres and genders. The self-reflective Funeral comes to include a retelling of Oedipus Rex, and together with it, a meditation on origins.
Toshio Matsumoto Toshio Matsumoto (1932-2017) was a pioneer of Japanese experimental film and video art who made four features and many short works. He conceived the idea of “neo-documentarism”, in which documental registers could be used to express subjective emotional states. His best-known works include ‘For the Damaged Right Eye’ (1968), ‘Demons’ (1971), ‘Atman’ (1975), and ‘Engram’ (1987).