Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Pillow Book

1996 British/French/Dutch/Luxembourgian Feature

Cast: Vivian Wu, Ewan McGregor, Yoshi Oida, Ken Ogata, Hideko Yoshida, Judy Ongg and Ken Mitsuishi
Writer/Director: Peter Greenaway

A Japanese model seeks a lover who will satisfy her fetish for erotic body painting. She leaves her husband for a British man who satisfies all her needs, but her father's predatory publisher stands in their way.



  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • London Critics Circle Award for British Actor of the Year (McGregor).

  • The film's title refers to an ancient Japanese diary that was a book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Sh┼Źnagon during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi during the 990s and early 11th century in Heian Japan. The book was completed in the year 1002. Sh┼Źnagon's actual name is believed to be Kiyohara Nagiko; the main character in the movie is named Nagiko.

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