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The Pillow Book VHS


3.9 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Vivian Wu, Ewan McGregor, Yoshi Oida, Ken Ogata, Hideko Yoshida
  • Directors: Peter Greenaway
  • Writers: Peter Greenaway, Sei Shonagon
  • Producers: Bob Bellion, Denis Wigman, Jean-Louis Piel, Jessinta Liu, Kees Kasander
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Italian, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home E
  • VHS Release Date: October 27, 1998
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0767801962
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

Peter Greenaway (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, Drowning by Numbers) continues to delight and disturb us with his talent for combining storytelling with optic artistry. The Pillow Book is divided into 10 chapters (consistent with Greenaway's love of numbers and lists) and is shot to be viewed like a book, complete with tantalizing illustrations and footnotes (subtitles) and using television's "screen-in-screen" technology. As a child in Japan, Nagiko's father celebrates her birthday retelling the Japanese creation myth and writing on her flesh in beautiful calligraphy, while her aunt reads a list of "beautiful things" from a 10th-century pillow book. As she gets older, Nagiko (Vivian Wu) looks for a lover with calligraphy skills to continue the annual ritual. She is initially thrilled when she encounters Jerome (Ewan McGregor), a bisexual translator who can speak and write several languages, but soon realizes that although he is a magnificent lover, his penmanship is less than acceptable. When Nagiko dismisses the enamored Jerome, he suggests she use his flesh as the pages which to present her own pillow book. The film, complete with a musical score as international as the languages used in the narration, is visually hypnotic and truly an immense "work of art." --Michele Goodson

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