The pillow book

The pillow book

DVD - 1998 | Japanese
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A modern-day Japanese woman's life experiences are inspired by the writings of Sei Shonagon, a female courtier who lived during the Heian Dynasty in 10th century Japan, and her father's relationship with his publisher.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, ©1998
ISBN: 9780767819770
Branch Call Number: DVD FL/Japanese P642
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (126 min.) : sound, color & black and white ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 13, 2019

Agree with danester's comment on the surprise and visually stunning elements of this erotic fetish odyssey of a young Japanese woman.
*Per Wiki -- The film's title, "The Pillow Book", refers to an ancient Japanese diary written by Sei Shōnagon, actual name believed to be Kiyohara Nagiko, from whence the protagonist's name in the film.
*Splendid Things -- Chinese brocade. A sword with a decorated scabbard. The grain of the wood in a Buddhist statue. Long flowering branches of beautifully coloured wistaria entwined about a pine tree.
*Two things in life which are dependable -- the delights of the flesh and the delights of literature. I have had the good fortune to enjoy them both equally.
*Written and directed by Peter Greenaway who did the same with another unusual film "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover 1989" with Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon.

Feb 20, 2018

I saw this film at the theatre 20 years ago, I loved it then And enjoyed it again

May 08, 2012

Ditto what danester commented. Definitely want ot see it again.

Dec 04, 2010

One of my top 10 films. Erotic, smart, visually exciting, strong literary themes, great acting, completely engrossing and utterly surprising and original...a feast for the senses.


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Jan 13, 2019

16 essential quotes in IMDb already and many thanks. Here is the opening dialogue:

It was on my fourth birthday... when my aunt was reading Sei Shonagon... that I saw my father and his publisher together... for the first time. Though I'm certain that any clear understanding of what I had witnessed... would have to wait until I was much older, on my sixth birthday... at the Matsuo Tiasha shrine in Kyoto. Encouraged by my aunt, I vowed I would keep a diary, a pillow book of my own. I would fill it with all manner of observations, Just like Sei Shonagon. Perhaps one day, like her, I could fill it with accounts of all my lovers.


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