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A woman with a body writing fetish seeks to find a combined lover and calligrapher.

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Nagiko
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The Publisher
Ken Ogata ...
The Father
Hideko Yoshida ...
The Aunt / The Maid
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Jerome
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
Dehong Chen ...
Calligrapher
Ham-Chau Luong ...
Calligrapher (as Ham Cham Luong)
Akihiro Nishida ...
Calligrapher
Kentaro Matsuo ...
Calligrapher
Nguyen Duc Nhan ...
Calligrapher
Augusto Aristotle ...
Calligrapher
Roger To Thanh Hien ...
Calligrapher
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Calligrapher
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Calligrapher
Wichert Dromkert ...
The Book of the Innocent
Martin Tukker ...
The Book of the Idiot
Wu Wei ...
The Book of Old Age
Tom Kane ...
The Book of the Exhibitionist
Kheim Lam ...
The Book of the Seducer
Daishi Hori ...
The Book of Youth
Kinya Tsuruyama ...
The Book of Secrets
Eiichi Tanaka ...
The Book of the Betrayer
Rick Waney ...
The Book of Silence
Masaru Matsuda ...
The Book of Birth and Beginnings
Wataru Murofushi ...
The Book of the Dead
Ryuke Azuma ...
Grandmother
Seitaro Koyama ...
Nephew
Tatsuya Kimura ...
Nephew
Yoshihiko Nagata ...
Husband's Friend
Atsushi Miura ...
Husband's Friend
Kazushi Ishimaru ...
Baby Nagiko
Hikari Abe ...
Nagiko's Baby
Ai Kanafuji ...
Nagiko's Friend
Yoshino Yoshioka ...
Nagiko's Friend
Yuki Nou ...
Nagiko's Friend
Masami Nishio ...
Nagiko's Friend
Satomi Kimura ...
Nagiko's Friend
Michiko Matsuo ...
Nagiko's Friend
Kintaro Murayama ...
Nagiko's Friend
Ann
Kaoru Ueda ...
Model
Ohko ...
Model
Junko Shinohara ...
Model
Yûko Nozawa ...
Model (as Yuko Nozawa)
Kiyomi Nomura ...
Model
Midori Hatsuda ...
Model
Miwa Hayashi ...
Model
Seizo H. Inoue ...
10th Century Man (as Seizo Inoue)
Yoshihiro Kawai ...
10th Century Man
Munenari Takeshima ...
10th Century Man
Toshio Kimura ...
10th Century Man
Masakazu Takemura ...
10th Century Man
Hiroshi Nakajima ...
10th Century Man
Kageyoshi Shirakata ...
10th Century Man
Takashi Miyake ...
10th Century Man
Hiroko Uno ...
10th Century Woman
Yûko Shimomura ...
10th Century Woman (as Yuko Shimomura)
Kana Haraguchi ...
10th Century Woman
Yuri Inoue ...
10th Century Woman (as Yuri Inoue)
Makiko Shoji ...
10th Century Woman
Miwako Namie ...
10th Century Woman
Atsuko Nakamura ...
10th Century Woman
Tokiko Horiike ...
10th Century Woman
Akiko Yokotani ...
10th Century Woman
Yasuyo Ogawa ...
10th Century Woman
Atsuko Yoshikawa ...
10th Century Woman
Mariko Ajimoto ...
10th Century Woman
Hiromi Tani ...
10th Century Woman
Fukue Kitaoka ...
10th Century Woman
Arnita Swanson ...
Edele (as Arnita C. Swanson)
Jim Adhi Limas ...
Man in Lift
Miho Tanaka ...
Model Friend in Cafe Typo
Fabienne De Marco ...
Model Friend in Cafe Typo
Tania De Jaeger ...
Model Friend in Cafe Typo
Jinhua Lu ...
Wife of Calligrapher
Tien Sing Wang ...
Intruder
Chau
See Wah Leung ...
Intruder
Kha
Kumi Komino ...
Elderly Secretary
Yuki Hayashi ...
Young Female Secretary
Maskai Taketani ...
Young Male Secretary
Mr. Luo
Mrs. Luo
See Yan Leung ...
Bookshop Manager
François Van Den Bergen ...
Book of Seducer (as Francois Van Den Bergen)
Valerie Buchanan ...
(as Valerie Buchanon)
Yorks Tong
Anna Chu
C.S. Wong
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Model (as Michelle Leigh Nicholson)
Farini Cheung ...
(as Farini Chang)
Anita Leung Fui Shan
Tom Tom
Doris Lui Lai Fong
Sam
Shuen Ngar Lei
Chan Ben
Bobsy Jureidini
Andrew Chan
Vanessa Lanza
Chau Kwok Kwan
Ho Keung Kwong
Sammuel Leung
Jo Jo Hui
Louis Fu Yiu Shi
Paul Wan
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(as Adrian Kwan Shun Fai)
Leung Woo
Pak Kin Hui
Man Kit ...
(as Tony Wong Man Kit)
Foon Wing Hong
Li Chun Man
Stephen C. Lam
Edelmer Christanse
Jimmy Wai-Chang Lee
Terence Tsin Chung Tung
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Café Typo Manager (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter Greenaway

Written by

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Sei Shonagon ... (book)
 
Peter Greenaway ... (written by)

Produced by

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Bob Bellion ... co-producer
Terry Glinwood ... executive producer
Kees Kasander ... producer
Jessinta Liu ... line producer: Hong Kong
Jean-Louis Piel ... executive producer
Tom Reeve ... executive producer
Denis Wigman ... executive producer

Music by

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Brian Eno

Cinematography by

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Sacha Vierny

Film Editing by

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Peter Greenaway
Chris Wyatt

Editorial Department

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Trevor Brown ... colorist
Boris Trentelman ... grader

Casting By

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Abi Cohen
Hitomi Ishihara
Carrie O'Brien
Aimi O
Liora Reich

Production Design by

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Kôichi Hamamura
Willemijn Loivers
Hiroto Oonogi
Andrée Putman
Noriyuki Tanaka
Wilbert Van Dorp ... (as Wilbert van Dorp)

Costume Design by

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Martin Margiela
Dien van Straalen
Koji Tatsuno

Makeup Department

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Seiji Arai ... makeup artist
Cathy Folmer ... makeup artist
Shoko Ishigaki ... makeup artist
Sara Meerman ... makeup artist
Vivian Nowak ... makeup artist (as Vivian Nowack)
Noriko Sato ... makeup artist
Kyôko Toyokawa ... makeup artist (as Kyoko Toyokawa)

Production Management

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Katsumi Furuhashi ... unit production manager
Misako Furukawa ... unit production manager
Yumiko Miwa ... unit production manager
Fiona Nottingham ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Paul Cheung ... assistant director
Koji Kobayashi ... assistant director
Adrian Kwan ... assistant director (as Shun-fai Kwan)
Kenji Nakanishi ... assistant director
Aimi O ... second assistant director
Vincent Rivier ... assistant director

Art Department

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Second Chan ... assistant art director
Yau Kong Chan ... art department
Vincent de Pater ... assistant art director (as Vincent De Pater)
Do Demuth ... painter
Rob Duiker ... carpenter
Thierry Gratien ... constructor
Lijntje Helweg ... property master / set dresser
Elmer Jacobs ... constructor
Kwok-On Lau ... art department
Wai Chung Lau ... art department
Wai Hung Lau ... art department
Tak-Ngan Law ... art department
David Peters ... constructor
Maarten Piersma ... constructor
Kazunori Sawaji ... art department
Danielle Schilling ... property master / set dresser
Wong Kwong Shing ... art department
Otfried Suppin ... art department assistant
Mari Tobita ... art department
Claudia Valentijn ... painter
Dione van der Hoeven ... property master (as Dione Van Der Hoeven) / set dresser (as Dione Van Der Hoeven)
Dory van Noort ... constructor (as Dory Van Noort)
Floris Vos ... art department
Emi Wada ... production designer: Japan
Wai-Ming Wong ... property master / set dresser
Ben Zuydwijk ... painter (as Ben Zuidwijk)

Sound Department

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James Feltham ... assistant sound editor
Kazunori Fujimaru ... boom operator
Nigel Heath ... post-production sound
Rod Howick ... foley editor
Cliff Jones ... re-recording mixer
Mathew Knights ... dialogue editor
Garth Marshall ... production sound
Kan Shirai ... boom operator
Julian Slater ... sound effects editor
Volker Zeigermann ... boom operator
Richard Pryke ... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Otto Snel ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Reinier van Brummelen ... special lighting effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Chi-Yeung Chan ... lighting electrician (as Billy Chan)
Andy Cheng ... lighting electrician
Pierre Dermience ... electrician
Arnout Glas ... lighting electrician
Marc Guillaumot ... still photographer
Wong Lap Hee ... clapper loader
Kazunori Hirasawa ... focus puller
Tomoka Izumi ... clapper loader
Kees Kroese ... rigger
Chi Wai Lee ... lighting electrician
Cristian Lux ... lighting electrician
Vincent Mathias ... focus puller
Gilles Mathony ... lighting electrician
Shinya Morishita ... lighting electrician
Dirk Nijland ... grip
Tatsuo Shima ... lighting electrician
Benito Strangio ... camera operator
Reinier van Brummelen ... gaffer
Wong Si Wah ... lighting electrician
Nelson Lik-wai Yu ... clapper loader (as Nelson Yu)

Casting Department

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Véronique Demaret ... casting assistant
Cathy Lill ... casting assistant
Madoka Matsuo ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Nagahiro Ebara ... costumer
Mariella Kallenberg ... costumer
Isao Nomura ... costumer
Emi Wada ... costume designer: Japan
Lucy Wei ... costumer

Location Management

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Bob Feltgen ... location manager
Yuk Ching To ... location manager (as Maggie To)
Marc Wouters ... location manager

Music Department

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Ron Korb ... musician: flutes

Other crew

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Kazuko Aba ... breast-feeding double: Vivian Wu
Bob Bellion ... accountant
Marco Del Zotto ... production crew
Lydia Gonzalez ... accountant (as Lydie Gonzalez)
Agathe Grau ... continuity
Debby de Jong ... production coordinator (as Debby De Jong)
Kay Kimura ... production crew
Eliza Poklewski Koziell ... assistant to director
Eliza Liu ... accountant
Yuriko Mameshiro ... production coordinator: Japan
Junko Matsumori ... pregnant double: Vivian Wu
Charles McDonald ... publicist
Yves Mond ... production crew
Brody Neuenschwander ... calligrapher
Chika Ogura ... script translator
Mario Paolinelli ... dialogue
Joel Reid ... production crew
Takahiro Sasaki ... production crew
Yoshiko Tanaka ... production crew
Jeremy Thomas ... production crew
Masatoshi Tôjô ... production crew
Trix van Alphen ... publicist
Elly Verduyckt ... additional script continuity
Michael 'Indy' Whiting ... production crew (as Michael Whiting)
Roland Wigman ... legal counsel
Susanna Wyatt ... production accountant
Yukki Yaura ... calligrapher

Thanks

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Edith Cheung ... special thanks
Tracy Harper ... special thanks
Graham V. Hartstone ... special thanks (as Graham Hartstone)
Justin Moyle ... special thanks
Otto Snel ... special thanks

Production Companies

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Distributors

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Special Effects

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Other Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines Things that make the heart beat faster. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Die Bettlektüre (Germany)
  • Párnakönyv (Hungary)
  • Tual bedenler (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Carte de capatai (Romania)
  • O Livro de Cabeceira (Portugal)
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Runtime
  • 126 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Much of the film is in Japanese, and some of the English subtitles appear to be intentionally incorrect or missing, in the spirit of "language play" or "the Tower of Babel". (Confirmed by director Peter Greenaway at a talk at the San Francisco Film Festival.) 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Con Air/Bliss/Buddy/The Pillow Book/The Quiet Room (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Offering to the Saviour Gompo See more »
Quotes Nagiko: How can I get pleasure writing on you? You have to write on me.
Jerome: Go on. Use my body like the pages of a book. Of your book.
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