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The Pillow Book (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama | 6 June 1997 (USA)
A woman with a body writing fetish seeks to find a combined lover and calligrapher.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ken Ogata ...
The Father
Hideko Yoshida ...
The Aunt / The Maid
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Judy Ongg ...
The Mother
Ken Mitsuishi ...
The Husband
Yutaka Honda ...
Hoki
Barbara Lott ...
Jerome's Mother
Miwako Kawai ...
Young Nagiko
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Jerome's sister (as Lynne Frances Wachendorfer)
Chizuru Ohnishi ...
Young Nagiko
Shiho Takamatsu ...
Young Nagiko
Aki Ishimaru ...
Young Nagiko
Hisashi Hidaka ...
Calligrapher
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Storyline

As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book", the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, obsessed with books, papers, and writing on bodies, and her sexual odyssey (and the creation of her own Pillow Book) is a "parfait mélange" of classical Japanese, modern Chinese, and Western film images. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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book | paper | paint | chinese | japan | See All (254) »

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From the creator of The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover comes a sensuous tale of passion, obsession and revenge. See more »

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Release Date:

6 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Livro de Cabeceira  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$105,922 (USA) (6 June 1997)

Gross:

$2,293,037 (USA) (15 August 1997)
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Trivia

Ewan McGregor was uncomfortable about his parents watching the film, as he spends much of it being in the nude. His father took it well, and after seeing the film, responded to his son, via fax: "I'm glad you inherited one of my greatest attributes." See more »

Goofs

Mike visible during wide shot when Nagiko kneels and Jerome signs his name on her back. 01:03:59 into the film on PAL DVDs. See more »

Quotes

Nagiko: I like the smell of paper - all kinds. It reminds me of the scent of skin.
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Soundtracks

Sinfonia Concertante in A Fur Violine, Viola, Violoncello und Orchester
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, reconstructor Shigeaki Saegusa
Performed by Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, conductor Hans Guraf
Courtesy of May Music, Japan
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Visually Stunning
21 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Erotic, seductive, intellectual, visually stunning film. The painted calligraphy on skin was amazingly sensuous.

I couldn't force myself to watch '8 1/2 Women' which was my first Greenway film, so I hoped against my better judgment that this movie would be different -- and it was. I've read reviews that say this movie moves slow, but I didn't feel that at all. I think the character introspection is very important - I felt I knew Nagito. I understood her desire, her confusion and her pain. The ending is beautifully done

  • Nagito is the perfect tragic heroine. This is a must see for anyone
looking for a sensual erotic film; unlike most you have seen before.


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