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The Pillow Book is a 1996 film by UK director Peter Greenaway, which stars Vivian Wu as Nagiko, a Japanese model in search of pleasure and new cultural experience from various lovers. The film is a rich and artistic melding of dark modern drama with idealized Chinese and Japanese cultural themes and settings. 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Peter Greenaway Peter Greenaway (b. ... Vivian Wu (鄔君梅, pinyin: Wū Jūnméi) is an actress. ...


It co-stars Ewan McGregor as Jerome, an English translator who becomes Nagiko's favorite lover. Greenway also wrote the screenplay, in addition to directing. Ewan McGregor Ewan McGregor (born 31 March 1971 in Crieff, Perthshire) is a Scottish film actor who has had significant success in both mainstream and art house movies. ...


Plot

A Japanese born model in Hong Kong, Nagiko (Wu) seeks a lover who can match her desire for carnal pleasure with her admiration for poetry and calligraphy. The roots of this obsession lie in her youth, when her father (Ken Ogata) would write characters of good fortune on her face. In an Englishman, Jerome (McGregor), she finds the partner with whom she can share her physical and her poetic passion, using each other's body as tablets for their art. Vivian Wu (鄔君梅, pinyin: WÅ« JÅ«nméi) is an actress. ... Bust of Homer, one of the earliest European poets, in the British Museum Poetry (ancient Greek: ποιεω (poieo) = I create) is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. ... Calligraphy in a Latin Bible of AD 1407 on display in Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England. ... Ken Ogata (緒形拳 Ogata Ken, born 20 July 1937) is a Japanese actor. ... Ewan McGregor Ewan McGregor (born 31 March 1971 in Crieff, Perthshire) is a Scottish film actor who has had significant success in both mainstream and art house movies. ...


After Nagiko rejects him, Jerome sinks into depression, and kills himself. His body is stolen, by enemies of Nagiko's father. Nagiko becomes distraught and seeks to overturn the coercive influences which had made her reject happiness with Jerome. She hatches an elaborate and original plan to use the bodies of the Englishman and her other (would be) lovers to exact revenge upon her father's publisher, who dishonoured her father with demands of homosexual favours in exchange for publication.


The title, "The Pillow Book" is in reference to a kind of japanese diary, which in the story was made from the skin from Jerome's body, as an act of desecration. Upon recovering the "book" Nagiko writes a "pillow book" on it, telling of her story. She is revealed to have been pregnant with Jerome's child, and is shown in the epilogue reading to that child from the book.


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The Pillow Book (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (442 words)
The Pillow Book is a 1996 film by UK director Peter Greenaway, which stars Vivian Wu as Nagiko, a Japanese model in search of pleasure and new cultural experience from various lovers.
The title, "The Pillow Book", is in reference to a kind of Japanese diary, in which the story was made from the skin from Jerome's body, as an act of desecration.
Upon recovering the "book" Nagiko writes a "The Pillow Book" on it, telling of her story.
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