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Peter Greenaway

The pillow book

Edition 1996
126' - 1996 - Drama - Dialogue: Italian, Mandarin, French, English, Cantonese, Japanese
Director: Peter Greenaway Composer: Brian Eno With: Vivian Wu, Ewan McGregor, Yoshi Oida
In Kyoto in the 1970s, a calligrapher delicately writes a greeting on his daughter's face on her birthday. When she becomes a woman, the daughter Nagiko remembers the event with excitement and searches hard to find an ideal calligrapher-lover to use her whole body as his paper. In Hong Kong she meets Jérôme, an English translator who convinces her that she should be the pen and not the paper - she should write on his body and he will carry her writing on his skin to a publisher. Nagiko turns out to be a talented writer and writes thirty erotic poems on various men's bodies. Jérôme dies accidentally in a suicide attempt. Nagiko then writes a beautiful love poem on his body which soon becomes the object of desire...

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Credits

Director

Peter Greenaway

Composer

Brian Eno

With

Vivian Wu, Ewan McGregor, Yoshi Oida

Scenario

Peter Greenaway

Director of Photography

Sacha Vierny

Editor

Peter Greenaway, Chris Wyatt

Producer

Kees Kasander

More information

Dialogue

Italian, Mandarin, French, English, Cantonese, Japanese

Countries of production

United Kingdom, France

Screenplay based on

"The pillow book" (Sei Shonagon)

Year

1996

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