The Pillow Book


Peter Greenaway's fetishistic romance still feels just as rich 15 years on

The Pillow Book review

Before he shagged the future Batman up the arse in Velvet Goldmine, Ewan McGregor bared all in Peter Greenaway’s sumptuous tale of sex, calligraphy and fetishism.

He plays a bisexual translator in Hong Kong who falls for Nagiko (Vivian Wu), a Japanese fashion model with a twisted thing for having her body written on.

Greenaway, a former painter, crafts a sumptuous canvas of words and images, colours and split-screen inserts, turning his camera into a paintbrush.

It’s dazzlingly unique – and ideal for Blu-ray. No insight into technique on the disc, though, just a trailer and gallery.

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