The Tale of Genji

Rating: 3½ Rampages Cover for the video

This moving adaptation of Murasaki Shikibu's literary masterpiece beautifully recreates the prose and music of the Heian era as the story of Hikaru Genji's life and loves. Genji is a young courtier who is lost in his own search for real love. He goes on his daily "night" searches and manages to stumble into a few messy relationships as a result, including being the father of his own king. Possibly the most famous novel in Japan.

Herself the Elf sez: A beautifully animated movie with simple yet exquisite art which, unfortunately, only recounts a small part of the novel. The end leaves one wanting more; it feels somewhat unfinished. That being said, itís still an elegant, quiet tale capturing the subtleties and intrigue of court life and is definitely recommended.

Available subtitled through Central Park Media.