1 user 1 critic

Genji monogatari: Sennen no nazo (2011)

"Genji Monogatari" focuses on the love and hate relationships surrounding Hakaru Genji. Lady Fujitsubo is Genji's first love. Miyasutokoro Ryokuzono is obsessed with Genji and eventually ... See full summary »


Yasuo Tsuruhashi


Shikibu Murasaki (original story), Yukiko Takayama (based on the novel by) | 2 more credits »


Learn more

More Like This 

Animation | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An animated film based on the novel by Murasaki Shikibu, written over 1000 years ago. Genji, the son of the emperor, is the talk of the Kyoto nobility for his charm and good looks, yet he ... See full summary »

Director: Gisaburô Sugii
Stars: Morio Kazama, Miwako Kaji, Reiko Tajima
Animation | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The life of a handsome Japanese prince, and his various love affairs with several different women.

Stars: Aya Endô, Toshiko Fujita, Takahiro Sakurai
Dogwood Tree (2010)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Sae (Yui Aragaki) is a high school student who is studying hard for her college entrance exams. She lost her father when she was very young and so lives her mother Ryoko (Hiroko Yakushimaru... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiro Doi
Stars: Yui Aragaki, Tôma Ikuta, Nichola Grant
Thermae Romae (2012)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lucius, a Roman architect, is transported through time to modern-day Japan, where he learns about Japanese bathhouses and uses this to his gain back home.

Director: Hideki Takeuchi
Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Aya Ueto, Kazuki Kitamura
Boys Over Flowers 2 (TV Series 2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

After a year of separation, Makino and Domyoji see whether their love can triumph over the many obstacles placed in their path. F4 (Flower Four), 4 close friends, are crucial to their journey.

Stars: Mao Inoue, Jun Matsumoto, Shun Oguri
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Mizuki disguises herself as a boy and transfers to the same all-boys high school her idol, Izumi Sano, a high-jump athlete that gave up on the sport, attends. In between the antics of their classmates, she'll try to get him to jump again.

Stars: Maki Horikita, Shun Oguri, Tôma Ikuta
Honey and Clover (TV Series 2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Honey and Clover follows the lives of five college students and their love triangles.

Stars: Natsuki Harada, Tôma Ikuta, Shigeru Izumiya
Dragon Zakura (TV Mini-Series 2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Kenji Sakuragi is a lawyer and former member of a motorcycle gang. He takes on the challenge of preparing a special class for a famous stupid school, Ryuuzan to enter the prestigious Toudai University.

Stars: Kôjun Itô, Hiroshi Abe, Kyoko Hasegawa
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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, Murasaki Shikibu. Her story begins from the death of her ... See full summary »

Director: Tonkô Horikawa
Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Yûki Amami, Tôru Kazama
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a not-so-stellar lawyer is in need of something to help her case she has to rely on an unconventional witness for testimony. Will the court agree to hear testimony from and will the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôki Mitani
Stars: Eri Fukatsu, Toshiyuki Nishida, Hiroshi Abe
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A love story between a famous 25-year-old songwriter, who keeps his identity hidden from the public, and a 16-year-old high school student who possesses a gifted voice.

Director: Norihiro Koizumi
Stars: Takeru Satoh, Ryô Yoshizawa, Masataka Kubota
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Makino and Domyoji have decided to marry, but are they really ready to take that step? F4 (Flower Four), 4 close friends, are crucial to helping them determine if they are ready to make a lifetime commitment to each other.

Director: Yasuharu Ishii
Stars: Mao Inoue, Jun Matsumoto, Shun Oguri


Credited cast:
Tôma Ikuta Tôma Ikuta ... Hikaru Genji
Miki Nakatani ... Murasaki Shikibu
Yôko Maki ... Fujitsubo
Mikako Tabe ... Ai no Ue
Sei Ashina ... Yugao
Rena Tanaka ... Rokujo-no-Miya Sudokoro
Noriyuki Higashiyama Noriyuki Higashiyama ... Fujiwara Michinaga
Yôsuke Kubozuka ... Abe Seimei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takaaki Enoki Takaaki Enoki
Masahiro Kômoto Masahiro Kômoto
Shigeru Muroi Shigeru Muroi
Matsuya Onoe Matsuya Onoe
Misako Renbutsu
Yoshiko Sakuma Yoshiko Sakuma
Yasunari Takeshima ... Sadaijin


"Genji Monogatari" focuses on the love and hate relationships surrounding Hakaru Genji. Lady Fujitsubo is Genji's first love. Miyasutokoro Ryokuzono is obsessed with Genji and eventually becomes a spirit. Kao Yu, who is from the lower class, give comfort to Genji's emotional wounds. Writer Shikibu Murasaki is jealous of Genji and is eventually ordered by Abe Seime to write a work. Written by https://mydramalist.com/1573-the-tale-of-genji

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis









Release Date:

10 December 2011 (Japan) See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Beautiful and sad microcosm of life
26 October 2012 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

If John Woo's Red Cliff was the pinnacle of historic action drama from Asia, this (Genji Monogatari Sennen no Nazo) qualifies as it's equal in Asian historic drama.

The movie has two tracks going simultaneously. One about the reality between Lady Murasaki (Miki Nakatani), and Michinaga (Noriyuki Higashiyama), and the other about the story of Genji Monogatari that has prince Hikaru Genji as its main character. The movie is interesting as a drama, but is also superbly written to highlight the underbelly of life that even people in privileged position goes through difficulties, and sadness.

In the story of Genji Monogatari, prince Hikaru Genji (Touma Ikuta) who's mother died at age of 3 falls in love with Lady Fujitsubo (Yoko Maki), who is a spitting image of his mother. But Lady Fujitsubo is a head mistress of his father who's the emperor of Japan. In his frustration, and because of his outstanding good looks, he goes on escapades with number of women.

The movie is based on a novel by screen writer Yukiko Takayama, which itself is based on a novel by Lady Murasaki (Murasaki Shikibu). The original novel which was written approximately 1000 years ago is known to be the oldest romantic novel in the world.

Although she comes from a family of notable scholars, what prompted Lady Murasaki to write this epic novel that would be over 2000 pages if published today has long been a source of speculation. In this movie, Takayama puts romance between Lady Murasaki, and Fujiwara no Michinaga (who was the prime minister of the day) as the trigger for Lady Murasaki to write the novel. The story is Takayama's interpretation of how the novel came into existence. In this movie, Lady Murasaki supposedly modeled Hikaru Genji after Michinaga.

The production of this movie is supremely beautiful, and the cast of characters is one of the best I've seen. The story is like a fantasy, but is equally believable as a historic drama. Musical score of this movie was equally beautiful.

One caveat is that the story is not easy to understand. Like Red Cliff is difficult to understand if one is not familiar with the story of "Romance of the Three Kingdoms", for those who are not familiar with the entire background surrounding Genji Monogatari, Lady Murasaki, and the historic background of Heian period, this movie is bit of a handful to absorb in one sitting.

This is the best movie I've seen made by Kadokawa Movies. It's certainly one of the best movie to come out of Asia in recent years, and is highly recommended for viewing.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed