Genji Monogatari

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu's Tale of Genji
Japanese: 源氏物語
German: Genji Monogatari: Die Geschichte von Prinz Genji
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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


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Ranked: #76052
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At the height of the Heian period, Hikaru Genji—the illegitimate son of the emperor—leads a life of luxury as a government official. He spends his time at court sipping tea, dancing, and coming up with elegant excuses to visit his somewhat scandalous lovers. With such a complicated life, it is only a matter of time before this amorous man's affairs spiral out of control.

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Genji Monogatari was released on DVD on May 30, 2014 in Japan.

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Kiritsubo, Mikado

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Tashiro, Atsumi
Producer, Sound Director
Sugii, Gisaburou
Kobayashi, Osamu
Sadamoto, Yoshiyuki
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Oct 24, 2020
Genji Monogatari is the type of film that will only be enjoyable to certain types of people. It seems to be the type of film that you either find brilliant or a waste of time, no in between. If you are patient and can enjoy a film for more than just its story, then I think you will find Genji Monogatari to be a valuable cinematic experience.

I came across this film randomly one night in my YouTube recommended. I thought the thumbnail picture was interesting, so I clicked it and only planned to watch the first five minutes to see what it was like so ...
May 6, 2024
Mixed Feelings
So let me be clear I hadn't read the novel, but what I did do was watched the anime series adaptation from 2009 Genji Monogatari Sennenki, I'd mostly enjoyed it and game it 8/10 (7.5/10, if there was the option), so that lead me to find that there was an older anime film adaptation and it peaked my interest, so I'd watched it and oh I was both impressed and kinda disappointed at the same time.

I felt that this film had compressed the original story too much, if I hadn't seen the anime series adaptation and read the wikipedia page of the novel, I wouldn't ...
Mar 10, 2022
Tries toooo hard to be artistic!! Wayyy too slow! This is insulting to the original novel "Genji Monogatari"

The art and sound is fine, I don't have much complaints about it ^^
The story of the original novel is grim, fascinating while the movie just turns it into storyboarding hell!! Walking from one place to another should not take that long!

I get scenarios like Evangelion's elevator scene but this?? I don't see the meaning or purpose behind these dreadfully slow motions and I feel like it's just...pretentious.

The art itself is quite beautiful, I must admit. and there's minimal sound (or when it's used it's very appropriate). ...

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