The Pillow Book Movie Review Summary

Actors: Vivian Wu, Ewan McGregor

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Nagiko (Wu) is a young Japanese girl whose formative years were shaped by two things: her father's calligraphy and her aunt's routine reading of "The Pillow Book," a diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Every birthday, her family ritual involves her father doing a loving calligraphy on her face. Nagiko grows up obsessed with books and writing on the paper that is skin; she eventually wants to carry on her father's tradition. She is also seeking revenge for her father, who was blackmailed by his publisher. In Jerome, a young European translator, she may have found her perfect lover and tool for exacting revenge.
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Created by Peter Greenaway; based on the book by Sei Shonagon, a Japanese lady-in-waiting. If you've seen any of Greenaway's other films, you know to expect the unexpected. Here he gives viewers a mixture of amazing images with varying erotic images and themes. The full nudity, especially lots of male nudity, may be too frequent for some viewers.

In various languages, written and spoken, including Japanese, Chinese, French, and English.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Blackmail & Seduction?    -   Yes Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   artist Vigilante/Revenge?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Japanese


Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan    -   China City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   licking    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt    -   seeing full frontal--women    -   seeing full frontal--men Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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