The Pillow Book


2h 3m 1995

Brief Synopsis

Set in contemporary Japan and Hong Kong, a successful model revives memories of her calligrapher father by having her lovers give her pleasure by writing on her body. An affair with an Englishman leads her to start writing herself, using others as her paper.

Film Details

Also Known As
Bettlekt├╝re, Pillow Book
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Romance
Release Date
1995
Production Company
Delux Productions; Eurimages; Film4 Productions; Le Studio Canal Plus; Mcdonald & Rutter; Netherlands Film Fund; StudioCanal; The Kasander Film Company
Distribution Company
Cinepix Film Properties Productions (CFP); Film4 Productions; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Filmladen Gmbh; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Polygram Filmed Entertainment; Progres Films; Prokino Filmverleih Gmbh; Pyramide Distribution; Pyramide Films; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Hong Kong; Luxembourg; Kyoto, Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 3m

Synopsis

Set in contemporary Japan and Hong Kong, a successful model revives memories of her calligrapher father by having her lovers give her pleasure by writing on her body. An affair with an Englishman leads her to start writing herself, using others as her paper.

Crew

Abi Cohen

Casting (England)

Debby Dejong

Assistant (To Producer)

Manu Demoulling

Set Dresser

Rob Duiker

Constructor

Brian Eno

Composer

Bob Feltgen

Location Manager

Cathy Folmer

Makeup Assistant (Luxembourg)

Chrystopher Fryman

Other

Misako Furukawa

Production Management (Japan)

Terry Glinwood

Executive Producer

Agathe Grau

Script/Continuity

Peter Greenaway

Editor

Peter Greenaway

Screenwriter

Marc Guillaumot

Stills

Koichi Hamamura

Art Director (Japan)

Lijntje Helweg

Props

Kazumari Hirasawa

Other

Masako Ishigaki

Makeup (Japan)

Elmer Jacobs

Constructor

Mariella Kallenberg

Assistant Costumes

Lidewij Kapteijn

Constructor

Kees Kasander

Producer

Nakanishi Kenji

Assistant Director

Nico Komen

Grip (Luxembourg)

Weijke Koopmans

Catering

Eliza Liu

Production Accountant (Hong Kong)

Jessinta Liu

Line Producer

Jessinta Liu

Production Management (Hong Kong)

Willemijn Lofvers

Assistant Production Designer

Tjalko Lokhorst

Other

Yuriko Mameshiro

Production Management (Japan)

Garth Marshall

Sound

Charles Mcdonald

Publicist (Mcdonald & Rutter)

Sara Meerman

Makeup Supervisor

Elsemieke Meijer

Production Art Department

Yumiko Miwa

Production Management (Japan)

Dirk Nijland

Grip (Japan/Hong Kong)

Dirk Nijland

Lighting Assistant (Hong Kong)

Fiona Nottingham

Production Coordinator (Luxembourg)

Carrie O'brien

Casting (Luxembourg/Production)

Raphael O'byrne

Other

Hiroto Onogi

Art Director (Japan)

David Peters

Constructor

Jean-louis Piel

Executive Producer

Maarten Piersma

Chief Constructor

Eliza Poklewski Koziell

Assistant (To Director)

Andree Putman

Production Designer

Leora Reich

Casting (England)

Vincent River

1st Assistant (Luxembourg)

Martin Sakkers

Catering

Sei Shonagon

Writer

Julian Slater

Sound Effects Editor

Benito Strangio

Camera Operator

Koji Tatsuno

Costume Designer (Hong Kong)

Carlo Thiel

Other

Benny Tse

Unit Manager (Hong Kong)

Claudia Valentijn

Other

Reinier Van Brummelen

Gaffer

Dione Van De Hoeven

Other

Wilbert Van Dorp

Production Designer

Dory Van Noort

Constructor

Dien Van Straalen

Costume Supervisor

Raike Verhoeven

Set Dresser

Sacha Vierny

Director Of Photography

Sacha Vierny

Dp/Cinematographer

Floris Vos

Art Director (Japan)

Emi Wada

Production Designer And Wardrobe (Japan)

Lucy Wei

Costumes (Hong Kong)

Denis Wigman

Executive Producer

Aimi Wong

2nd Assistant (Casting/Japan)

Chris Wyatt

Editor

Susanna Wyatt

Production Accountant

Volker Zeigermann

Boom Operator

Ben Zuydwijk

Painter

Film Details

Also Known As
Bettlekt├╝re, Pillow Book
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Romance
Release Date
1995
Production Company
Delux Productions; Eurimages; Film4 Productions; Le Studio Canal Plus; Mcdonald & Rutter; Netherlands Film Fund; StudioCanal; The Kasander Film Company
Distribution Company
Cinepix Film Properties Productions (CFP); Film4 Productions; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Filmladen Gmbh; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Polygram Filmed Entertainment; Progres Films; Prokino Filmverleih Gmbh; Pyramide Distribution; Pyramide Films; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Hong Kong; Luxembourg; Kyoto, Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 3m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Golden Space Needle for Best Director at the 1997 Seattle Film Festival.

Limited Release in United States June 6, 1997

Released in United States 1995

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States August 1996

Released in United States November 1996

Released in United States October 1996

Released in United States on Video February 3, 1998

Released in United States Summer June 6, 1997

Named Best Film of the 1996 Sitges International Festival of Fantasy & Horror Film.

Shown at Drambuie Edinburgh Film Festival August 11-25, 1996.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival January 29 - February 9, 1997.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 24 - May 8, 1997.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 15 - June 8, 1997.

Shown at Sitges International Festival of Fantasy & Horror Film in Spain, October 4-10, 1996.

Shown at Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Main Programme) November 8-17, 1996.

Shown at Venice Film Festival (Window on Images) August 30 - September 9, 1995.

Began shooting January 16, 1995.

Completed shooting March 29, 1995.

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Venice Film Festival (Window on Images) August 30 - September 9, 1995.)

Released in United States 1996 (Named Best Film of the 1996 Sitges International Festival of Fantasy & Horror Film.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival January 29 - February 9, 1997.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 24 - May 8, 1997.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 15 - June 8, 1997.)

Released in United States on Video February 3, 1998

Limited Release in United States June 6, 1997

Released in United States Summer June 6, 1997

Released in United States August 1996 (Shown at Drambuie Edinburgh Film Festival August 11-25, 1996.)

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at Sitges International Festival of Fantasy & Horror Film in Spain, October 4-10, 1996.)

Released in United States November 1996 (Shown at Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Main Programme) November 8-17, 1996.)