The Pillow Book is a erotic drama film written and directed by Peter Greenaway, which stars Vivian Wu as Nagiko, a Japanese model in search of pleasure. Ewan McGregor and Vivian Wu in The Pillow Book () Vivian Wu in The Pillow Book () Yoshi A movie about the corruption in all levels of society. Nagiko's father was a calligrapher, and when she was a little girl he would write his birthday greetings on her face. Her mother would read.

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The film features considerable, explicit female and male nudity. The Pillow Book is undeniably sensual and visually ravishing, but the film's narrative lacks the. The Pillow Book movie reviews & Metacritic score: Three experiences make an indelible impression in a young girl's childhood: her father's tender calligraphy. Check out the exclusive movie review and see our movie rating for The Pillow Book.

An extravagant, exotic and moving look at Rembrandt's romantic and professional life, and the controversy he created by the identification of a murderer in the painting 'The Night Watch'. The venerated filmmaker Eisenstein is comparable in talent, insight and wisdom, with the likes of Shakespeare or Beethoven; there are few - if any - directors who can be elevated to such An 'essayistic' documentary in which Greenaway's fierce criticism of today's visual illiteracy is argued by means of a forensic search of Rembrandt's Nightwatch.


Greenaway explains the 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. Written by Michael C. This is a beautiful movie visually, but you need to keep concentrating on what is happening. Don't ask why too much with this - the effect of actions is reason enough to take them.

Vivan Wu is very good, as is Ewan McGregor, in a different role for him. It reminds you also of what are some of the best things about Japan, and what are some of the worst things about men. Well worth downloading the DVD and watching over and over. Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!

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Crazy Credits. Alternate Versions. Rate This. A woman with a body writing fetish seeks to find a combined lover and calligrapher. Peter Greenaway.

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A director who communicates sparingly with his actors if at all, Greenaway doesn't notice or care about the dramatic weakness of his films. If they look spectacular, as they inevitably do, that is enough for him. In this, Greenaway can be seen as the art-house equivalent of blockbuster-oriented French director Luc Besson, whose "The Fifth Element," the most expensive film ever made in Europe, is similarly contemptuous of all but the flimsiest forms of emotional connection.

For these directors and the audience they appeal to, surface sensation is all that matters. Told in both Japanese and English, "The Pillow Book" explores the life of Nagiko, introduced as a child in Kyoto whose master calligrapher father Ken Ogata paints a greeting on her face every year on her birthday.

On the same day her aunt reads to her from one of the classics of Japanese literature, "The Pillow Book," a 10th century journal and collection of lists written by Sei Shonagon. One of the pleasures of this "Pillow Book" is the beautiful way Greenaway and Vierny illustrate the book's "List of Splendid Things," displaying a large garden covered in snow or indigo-colored flowers. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Nagiko Vivian Wu of "The Last Emperor" and "The Joy Luck Club" becomes increasingly obsessed with having herself written on, even taking calligraphic prowess into account when considering potential lovers.

Nagiko also feels haunted by a sense of unfinished business with her father's publisher Yoshi Oida , a predatory homosexual who has had a murky relationship with her parent that has always discomfited her.Connections Featured in At the Movies: If they look spectacular, as they inevitably do, that is enough for him.

John Wick: Her fetish ties in with two ancient Japanese artistic practices. Edit page. Plot Summary.

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