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15 December 2001 (Japan) See more »
Based on the ancient Japanese Tale of Genji. This film is set in 900AD and tells the story of a famous female writer of the time... See more » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)
Sayuri Yoshinaga ... Murasaki Shikibu
Yûki Amami ... Hikaru Genji
Tôru Kazama ... Tô no Chûjô
Morio Kazama ... Jûjôtei
Tsurutarô Kataoka ... Eshi - painter
Rino Katase ... Ôkisaki

Kyôko Kishida ... Gen no Naishi no Suke
Reiko Takashima ... Fujitsubo no Chûgû / Kiritsubo no Kôi
Keiko Takeshita ... Rokujô no Miyasundokoro

Naoto Takenaka ... Akashi no Nyûdô
Yasunori Danda ... Fujiwara no Korenori
Takako Tokiwa ... Murasaki no Ue
Shinobu Nakayama ... Aoi no Ue
Fumie Hosokawa ... Akashi no Kimi

Aki Maeda ... Kataiko

Seiko Matsuda ... Ageha no Kimi
Yôko Minamino ... Oboro Zukuyo

Tarô Yamamoto ... Fujiwara no Koremitsu

Ken Watanabe ... Fujiwara no Michinaga / Fujiwara no Nobutaka
Mitsuko Mori ... Sei Shônagon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isamu Ago
Kazuyo Asari ... Minamoto no Rinshi
Satoshi Hashimoto
Taeko Hattori
Tadahiko Hirano
Hirotarô Honda ... Kiritsubotei
Takeshi Katô ... Udaijin - Minister of the Right
Kozue Kobayashi
Shigeru Kôyama ... Fujiwara no Tametoki
Takami Mizuhashi ... Fujiwara no Shôshi
Yûko Nishimaru ... Tamakazura
Junkichi Orimoto ... Kakuzen Sôjô
Mai Saito ... Murasaki no Ue
Yuriko Sakaki
Yoshitaka Shimomoto
Ichiro Shinjitsu ... Hyôbukyô no Miya
Emi Suzuki ... Akikonomu Chûgû
Machiko Washio ... Suetsumuhana

Directed by
Tonkô Horikawa 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Akira Hayasaka 

Produced by
Hiroyoshi Koiwai .... producer
Tan Takaiwa .... executive producer
Riuko Tominaga .... producer
Original Music by
Isao Tomita 
Cinematography by
Tatsuo Suzuki 
Film Editing by
Shin'ya Tadano 
Art Direction by
Toshiyuki Matsumiya 
Yoshinobu Nishioka 
Makeup Department
Akiteru Nakada .... special makeup effects artist
Sound Department
Maiku Samata .... sound
Tetsuo Segawa .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Kiyohito Ando .... gaffer

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143 min
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A new twist on Genji, 10 June 2005
Author: KBeee from London

Bringing Genji Monogatari to the screen was never going to be easy.

How can you take a 1000 year old book, set in a world that is more outlandish to modern people than any alien civilisation depicted in a Sci-Fi movie, and make it interesting to a modern audience?

Of course, The Tale of Genji is full of sex which helps, and another way is to tone down the the differences between Heian Japan, and the modern world - No fashionably blackened teeth here, and interaction between the sexes instead of Court ladies being always hidden from male view and communicating through poetry. Murasaki Shikibu is even pictured riding in a carriage with 2 men!!! The real Murasaki (whoever she really was) would rather have died than do that. Oh, and having The Shining Prince played by a girl is an interesting twist. And strangely... it works! Even the occasional pop song seem to blend into this fantasy world without jarring too much.

It's not really The Tale of Genji, it's more of the tale of Murasaki writing The Tale of Genji, with excerpts from the book shown throughout depicting the life and many loves of The Shining Prince.

As one of the few films that try to portray pre-samurai Heian Japan, I found it interesting just for that. Sure it's not a Great film, but it's enjoyable enough. There are a few moments of humour, the costumes are beautiful, and so are most of the girls (and Genji).

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