Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
France/United Kingdom/The Netherlands/Luxembourg, 1996. Kasander & Wigman Productions, Woodline Films Ltd., Alpha Film Corporation, Channel Four Films, Canal+, Delux Productions, Euroimages Fund of the Council of Europe, Nederlands Fonds voor de Film. Screenplay by Peter Greenaway, based on the book by Sei Shonagon. Cinematography by Sacha Vierny. Produced by Kees Kasander. Production Design by Koichi Hamamura, Willemijn Loivers, Hiroto Oonogi, Andree Putman, Noriyuki Tanaka, Wilbert Van Dorp. Costume Design by Martin Margiela, Dien van Straalen, Koji Tatsuno. Film Editing by Peter Greenaway, Chris Wyatt. Toronto International Film Festival 1996.
Interesting subject doesn’t play out as well as it should in Peter Greenaway’s playfully erotic tale of Japanese Body Art, but it is worth checking out. Vivian Wu plays a Japanese woman who as a child was taught the ancient art of body calligraphy by her father, and now as an adult finds the process of writing on people’s bodies and having them write upon her own to be totally sexually arousing. She meets many people upon whom she experiments, but it takes her a long time to find someone whose skin makes a good paper for her work. Excellent story idea, sometimes runs too long, but too interesting to avoid and features a sexy Ewan McGregor as one of her paramours.