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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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Director:
Writer:
Peter Greenaway (writer)
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Release Date:
12 August 1999 (Czech Republic) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
If every man thinks of sex once every nine minutes, what does he think of the other eight? See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A clever film, with understandable characters in a very surreal situation See more (44 total) »

Cast

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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
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)
 
Stunts
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
Norene Bini .... dialogue coach: Vivian Wu (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue and pervasive nudity
Runtime:
118 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
Storey Emmenthal:Don't earthquakes make you feel very excited indeed?
Philip Emmenthal:No... emphatically, no.
Storey Emmenthal:It's the ultimate chance event! In this country, you know they are coming, but nobody - absolutely nobody - no expert, no geologist, no public relations man, no politician knows when. No predictions. No given advantages. Amazing. Besides, what about mother?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
On a Slow Boat to ChinaSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A clever film, with understandable characters in a very surreal situation, 4 October 2001
Author: Adam (akramer) from Pittsburgh, PA

Frederico Fellini's "8 1/2" is a movie this one is theoretically inspired by. There are consistent references to it in this film, some subtle, and some glaringly obvious. One should take this into account so that it will not hamper one's voluntary suspension of disbelief, though this movie definitely stands on its own if the viewer has never seen "8 1/2".

Voluntary is, perhaps, an inappropriate word. This movie takes disbelief, which should certainly be present, and suspends it for you, in a most amusing way. The film may well attempt to say something deep about human nature, and the interaction between a fickle heart which has lots of love to give and a bored brain with so many thoughts - but it doesn't say it so loud that you can't just sit back and enjoy the picture. Some scenes are funny to all; some scenes may cause you to be the only hysterical person in the theater. In any case, it's well worth the ticket or rental cost. Some male nudity is present, though no more than the average British movie containing male nudity. No sex scenes are overly graphic, though one should definitely have an open mind going into the movie in order to enjoy it. If you didn't feel a significant need to leave the theater during "Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes," which I was last week, you should be able to thoroughly enjoy this film.

(Lighting designers watch for the Kabuki scene; it won awards in Europe and definitely looks very cool.)

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