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8 ½ Women -- Following the death of the mother, a father and son open up a brothel in their Genevan estate after watching Fellini's "8 1/2".


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12 August 1999 (Czech Republic) See more »
If every man thinks of sex once every nine minutes, what does he think of the other eight? See more »
Following the death of a mother, a father and son open up a brothel in their Genevan estate after watching (1963). Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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John Standing ... Philip Emmenthal
Matthew Delamere ... Storey Emmenthal

Vivian Wu ... Kito
Annie Shizuka Inoh ... Simato (as Shizuka Inoh)

Barbara Sarafian ... Clothilde
Kirina Mano ... Mio

Toni Collette ... Griselda / Sister Concordia

Amanda Plummer ... Beryl
Natacha Amal ... Giaconda the Baby Factory
Manna Fujiwara ... Giulietta / Half Woman

Polly Walker ... Palmira

Elizabeth Berrington ... Celeste, Emmenthal Maid
Myriam Muller ... Marianne, Emmenthal Maid

Don Warrington ... Simon

Claire Johnston ... Amelia, Philip's Wife
Pol Hoffmann ... Mourner (as Paul Hoffmann)
Tony Kaye ... Mourner
Ann Overstall Comfort ... Mourner (as Ann Overstall)
Malcolm Turner ... Undertaker
Patrick Hastert ... Man in Street

Julian Nest ... First Man in Cinema (as Julian Vincent)
Ciaran Mulhern ... Second Man in Cinema
John Overstall ... Third Man in Cinema

Derek Kueter ... Debt Collector
Jules Werner ... Debt Collector
Sophie Langevin ... Debt Collector Woman
Denise Gregoire ... Sister Nun
Sascha Ley ... Nun
Bettina Scheuritzel ... Schwester Fatimah
Radica Jovicic ... Nun
Jill Mercedes ... Nun
Dean Harrington ... American Businessman
Noriyuki Konishi ... Korean Businessman
Jean-Gabriel Dupuy ... French Businessman
Stéphane Prevot ... French Businessman
Katsuya Kobayashi ... Simato's Father
Ryota Tsuchiya ... Simato's Brother
Takumi Matsui ... Simato's Fiancé
Kiyosi Ishiguro ... Brother Fiancé
Hairi Katagiri ... Half Woman Companion
Yurika Sano ... Half Woman, 8 Years Old
Satomi Ando ... Half Woman, 10 Years Old
Sachiko Meguro ... Mio's Companion #1
Hisayuki Yoshioka ... Mio's Companion #2
Hanji Mishima ... Mio's Companion #3
Toyonosuke Fujima ... Kabuki Father
Kango Fujima ... Kabuki Son
Senyoichi Nishikawa ... Kabuki Son
Vladimir Bogachov ... Otello
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Greenaway ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Greenaway 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Greenaway  writer

Produced by
Bob Bellion .... co-producer
Jimmy de Brabant .... co-producer
Terry Glinwood .... executive producer
Bob Hubar .... executive producer
Kees Kasander .... producer
Michael Pakleppa .... co-producer
Kosaku Wada .... line producer
Denis Wigman .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Reinier van Brummelen 
Sacha Vierny 
Film Editing by
Elmer Leupen 
Casting by
Carrie O'Brien 
Aimi O 
Danielle Roffe 
Production Design by
Wilbert Van Dorp 
Emi Wada 
Set Decoration by
Kayo Sakurai 
Costume Design by
Emi Wada 
Makeup Department
Sara Meerman .... hair stylist
Sara Meerman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Victoria Goodall .... production manager
Sadao Hoshino .... production manager
Jean-Claude Schlim .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gert Embrechts .... first assistant director
Koji Kobayashi .... first assistant director
Shin Mizuguchi .... second assistant director
Aimi O .... second assistant director
Anna Worthington .... third assistant director
Art Department
Edouard Pallardy .... head painter
Todd Van Hulzen .... scenic artist/sculptor
Sound Department
Graham Edmondson .... dolby consultant
Michael Keinath .... sound recordist
Mel Kutbay .... foley artist
Garth Marshall .... sound recordist
Luuk Poels .... foley editor
Luuk Poels .... foley supervisor
Luuk Poels .... sound editor
Wim Post .... dubbing mixer
Carlo Thoss .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Osamu Kume .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Arno Beekman .... digital artist (uncredited)
Georges Branche .... stunt coordinator
Arlette Spetebroot .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Benny Ashoff .... assistant camera
Jaap Buitendijk .... still photographer
Kazunori Hirasawa .... clapper loader
Benjamin Lee .... still photographer
Akira Sawano .... clapper loader
Marie Spencer .... focus puller
Benito Strangio .... camera operator
Reinier van Brummelen .... lighting designer
Casting Department
Stéphane Foenkinos .... casting associate
Editorial Department
Myrthe Sardjoe .... assistant editor
Other crew
Buchy Armand .... location trainee
Bob Bellion .... financial controller
Kanyo Fujima .... choreographer: Kabuki
Toyonosuke Fujima .... choreographer: Kabuki
Lydia Gonzalez .... production coordinator
Klaus-Michael Grüber .... opera director: "Otello"
Michael Hogh .... production assistant
Frank Klein .... financial controller
Cecilie Levy .... continuity
Willy Loedts .... pig trainer
Beatrice Pettovich .... location manager
Jean-Luc Simon .... production assistant
Diana Stiegler .... caterer
Christophe Thiry .... location trainee
Roland Wigman .... legal counsel
Norene Bini .... dialogue coach: Vivian Wu (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue and pervasive nudity
118 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Storey Emmenthal:Imagine a world without a fixed point.
Philip Emmenthal:I can - your mother is dead.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)See more »
On a Slow Boat to ChinaSee more »


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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
I enjoyed it even if it's very juvenile, 1 October 2003
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

It seems that when Peter Greenaway lets his hair down, he automatically reverts back to adolescence. 8 1/2 WOMEN is visually striking and the dialogue has a rhythm and cadence to it that's a joy to listen. But the whole thing is simply infantile. I'm aware that the movie is not meant to be taken seriously and that the characters in the story are immature spoiled brats but that doesn't mean the movie itself has to feel like it was done by an immature, spoiled artist. The end product feels more like someone who's got too much time on his hands and creates movies from whatever pops in his head than something that comes from the heart or mind. Few of the characters are interesting, as people or as subjects for a movie. The dialogue was funny and caustic but the constant need to blurt out certain "shocking" words was really silly, and got only sillier by the end of the film. Only the brilliant visual and aural feast that usually typifies a Greenaway film made this worth watching.

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