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Fri, 01 Jan 2010
It's a brand new year and I give my good wishes to all. Enjoy this wonderful Tale of Genji.


A TRUE STORY BROUGHT TO OUR SCREENS


TALES OF GENJI



These two comments were copied from the comments on the Motoss playlist which I think is fantastic like mostly everyone who watched it through. The film was made in 1987, I am going to have a llook to see if Amazon have a copy. I found this on a Japanese Film site.

First comment
This story took place 1,000 years ago, in Heian Japan. Genji was most certainly not a "slut" according to that era's societal norms, and was actually very well-mannered.

While there are some instances of Karmic Repercussions in the story, they are not completely due to disloyalty to his wife. Genji's marriage to his wife was arranged--
He still had many affairs before and after....as did everyone.


Second Comment.
The cherry blossom dance that Genji does at the end is the same dance as in the beginning. In Japanese culture the cherry blossom dance is a way of showing respect for the blossoms.
The blossoms symbolise prosperity and hope. So Genji thinks that the cherry blossoms took his mother because without her he was lost, comfused, and alone. So knowing that he will be exiled he dances for the cherry blossoms as a way of settling things. He hopes that the blossoms wil bring him luck in the future.

There is a video clip at position 12, gives a small idea about Genji.
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