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Program Title: The Pillow Book
EASC Code: JP-09
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Subject: Arts & Music
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: DVD & VHS
Director: Peter Greenaway
Producer: Kees Kasander
Release Date: 1998
Running Time: 126 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: 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. Nagiko grows up, obsessed with books, papers, and writing on bodies, and her sexual odyssey (and the creation of her own Pillow Book) is a "parfait mélange" of classical Japanese, modern Chinese, and Western film images.
Data Entry Date: 12/1/06