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Tuesday, 27th September 2011
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Classic Japanese novel re-imagined on screen

The classic Japanese novel 'The Tale of Genji' has been re-imagined on film for mainstream audiences hoping to learn more about its revered author, Murasaki Shikibu.

While the story depicts the intricate life of devastatingly handsome Hikaru Genji, many more readers will be hoping the depiction sheds light on its enigmatic creator who wrote the novel some time between 1000 and 1012.

Shikibu is a nickname for the writer and her real title is unknown, however, her role as a lady-in-waiting at the Imperial Court has made her a fascinating character for contemporary audiences.

The movie version stars Toma Ikuta, Noriyuki Higashiyama and Miki Nakatani in the title roles, and according to the Mainichi Daily, the stars showed up at Tokyo's Roppongi Hills yesterday (September 25th) to promote the film.

It was directed by Yasuo Ysuruhashi, who has worked on other titles that include 'Lover Never to End' and TV series 'Eien no ko'.

Although better known as 'The Tale of Genji', this is a rough translation from the Japanese title 'Genji monogatari: Senner no nazo'.

The reason why this movie offers viewers an insight into the author's life is that although it depicts the story of her great novel, often referred to as the first novel, it also tries to delve into the writer's mind and questions why it was written.

All three actors were undoubtedly excited about its upcoming release and Toma Ikuta shared his thoughts on the project.

He told the news provider: "We have succeeded in creating a real Japanese movie."

Meanwhile, his co-star Mikato Tabe, who plays Genji's wife, added: "I had a lot of anxieties, but I managed to the end."

Tabe also revealed she visited the author's graveside to thank her for the opportunity the story has given her.

It is due to be released on December 10th.

Posted by Graham McPherson