Genji Monogatari

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Synonyms: The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu's Tale of Genji
Japanese: 源氏物語


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 19, 1987
Producers: TV Asahi
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Group TAC
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 1 hr. 46 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.411 (scored by 19271,927 users)
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Ranked: #66402
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Popularity: #5977
Members: 7,471
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Based on the literary work of Shikibu Murasaki, Genji Monogatari is a story of the Emperor's second son born by a courtier. Made a commoner, he served as a retainer to the court.


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Maeda, Mahiro
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Nakura, Yasuhiro
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Aug 3, 2010
Giroro (All reviews)
Two points of view in one for your entertainment:

1- Me, who didn't know anything about Genji Monogatari prior to seeing this movie. Conclusion: it's boring like hell, slow, the story makes little sense (it does make sense, but is uninteresting), with too many "artistic" slooooow parts.

2- Japanese girlfriend, who is a big fan of Genji Monogatari. Conclusion: This movie is, I quote, "an insult to Genji Monogatari" and the director is "heta kuso" (let's say it means he's shitty weak). Main reason: the story doesn't make much sense even if you have read the story several times in the past, lots of parts are missing.
May 20, 2009
tokyo_shorty (All reviews)
I read 源氏物語 (Genji Monogatari) last semester for school, and absolutely fell in love with Murasaki Shikibu's work. Naturally, when I discovered an anime based off the tale, I had to watch it. (It can be found on YouTube)

The anime adds a very unique twist to the tale, focusing most on Lady Rokujo's venegeful spirit. With that slightly horror-esque environment, Genji's liaisons have a whole new element, and Genji himself seems more dimensional than in some translations of the tale. If you don't know what I'm talking about, this anime may not make a whole lot of sense to you. The story is vastly read more
Jan 16, 2013
Czarine (All reviews)
As I have not read the Genji Monogatari, I thought I should give my view on this. I'm not really familiar with Heian period, even though I like stories that take place in ancient Japan. The only thing I knew of Genji Monogatari was that it revolved around a man named Genji and his love life.

Story: 3
I think the story would have been more enjoyable was it not sooooo sloooow. I almost fell asleep at one point, which I rarely do. This anime has not utilized the time they got efficiently enough. It could have either reduced the time for the plot, or made read more
Nov 19, 2011
diadora (All reviews)
Beautifull art revealing a romantical story under the mystical sound splendid aisian music...
Art and music - pure 10.

This movie has its own unique style and approach to the Tale of Genji.

The storyline is not my favorite cupó'tea but the historical set compensates greatly. My overall enjoyment - 8, as it lacks dynamics, which i love in anime ( not being very patient lol)

100% Must watch old school classic for everyone who treasure rare gems, like this one.

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