The Pillow Book (1996)

The Pillow Book (1996)

Director Peter Greenaway

Writer Sei Shonagon (book), Peter Greenaway, Sei Shonagon

Genre Drama

Year 1996

Actors Vivian Wu, Yoshi Oida, Ken Ogata, Hideko Yoshida

IMDB : 6.7 (10,729 votes)


Description 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.


  • George Menz 2016-10-21 21:07:52
    What's the song that begins playing at 1:20?
  • London dai ci Vera 2016-03-16 15:26:58
    Yao Lee, Rose Rose I Love You
  • Demon Rantz 2016-01-08 18:39:31
    So this is what Obi Wan did between Episode 1 and 2.
  • hermione00801 2014-05-02 13:52:01
    I'm fairly confident Ewan McGregor spent the nineties in the buff. The man was always naked :)
  • Lavinia Kappa 2013-12-30 21:43:52
    I loved this film!!!!
  • Abdulaziz Ali 2013-08-15 22:37:41
    This film is poetry! Poetry of the flesh, the screen itself as skin, the story as ink, so beautiful, so creative, things like this make life worth living.
  • skids1998 2013-08-13 20:15:29
    Good point about the bush, totally forgot that the Sphinx look came along shortly after. I was 16 at the time and when I think back to those days (dating) I remember "Scary Movie" where he puts on the safety glasses and fires up the hedge trimmer. *shudder* I definately couldn't have survived the '70's.
  • skids1998 2013-08-13 20:11:19
    I do what I can ;)
  • mscrazyeliot 2013-02-26 15:21:07
    Best comment ever. Thanks for the laughter :D
  • marioriospinot 2013-01-12 22:39:27
  • JB77015 2012-11-06 15:44:12
  • Katrina Fox 2012-10-13 06:12:49
    omg i know you wrote this 3 years ago but i love your comment, from now on next guy im with , if it ever happens again, im going to ask him to show me his lightsaber! but ps it was 1996 everyone had a bush but not me bc i was 12 at the time :p lmao!
  • Kelvin Klink 2012-03-20 05:17:58
    @sakurablossoms48 hey whats the last song?
  • Alanna Trebond 2011-08-01 05:46:16
    @mijucu Hardly. Not everything has to be fast-paced action to be able to be brilliant. But again, it depends on how simple your mind is. Plus what would having a lot of time on one's hands have anything to do with being entertained by slow, boring things? You didn't think that one through very well, did you.
  • Mahesh Bista 2011-06-23 17:41:12
    wnat the fuck is this???????????
  • A Malevolent 2011-01-30 11:56:26
    @Madbastard666 What ya do is textbook manipulaion. Ya don't like what's coming yer way? Don't act like an old shoe, and ya won't have it... pathetic... ya love big words but ya don't know what they mean, Funny we"re discussing this here.
  • A Malevolent 2011-01-29 19:34:34
    @mijucu Oh yeah? You want me to mention other of yer heavy shits in life? I don't think you'd be happy about it, so shut up.
  • A Malevolent 2011-01-29 18:24:05
    @mijucu Woooo... vegetable... Treat others as you wish to be treated yerself. Yer always surprised shit happens constantly in yer life... solution? Ye smell like Paco Rabanne crawled up yer ass and died.
  • A Malevolent 2011-01-29 10:18:26
    @mijucu If yer so "occupied" how come ye have time to watch a boring movies trailer, and even reply comments on the matter?! Wuv. 8)
  • A Malevolent 2011-01-29 10:15:53
    @mijucu "i think people like you might have a lot of time on their hand" Laughing out loud at your usual BS.

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