An animated film based on the novel by Murasaki Shikibu, the ''Literature/TaleOfGenji'', written over 1000 years ago. Genji, the son of the emperor, is the talk of the Kyoto nobility for his charm and good looks, yet he cannot stop himself from pursuing an unobtainable object of desire: his father's young and beautiful bride. Following the tragic consequences of his obsession, Genji wanders from one affair to another, always seeking some sort of completion to his life.

(Source: ANN)
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!! Includes examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: Inspired in the novel, ''Literature/TheTaleOfGenji'', but adapted with creative freedom.
* AntiHero: Genji.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: In some shots, some of the ladies appear half-naked, but without nipples.
* BeautifulDreamer: Genji, again.
* {{Bishonen}}: The prince Genji, You can easily mistake him by one of the ladies, specially when he is wearing [[FetishFuel purple makeup]].
* BookEnds: The movie opens and ends with Genji dancing with his fan.
* TheCasanova: Genji has several lovers; he jumps to one to another.
* CherryBlossoms: One of the main themes.
* DramaticThunder: In the beginning of the movie.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: All "names" of the characters are not real names, but titles; "Hikaru Genji" means "the Shining Prince of the Minamoto Clan", "Lady Aoi" means "Lady Blue" and so on.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: [[spoiler: Yuugao]]. In the very next day of her death, Genji can be found tired and yawning at his palace.
* GainaxEnding: The ending doesn't make any sense for most of the audience because is a typical zen philosofical ending: [[spoiler: after a revealing dream about his personal fears, Genji contemplates how empty is the meaning of life and dances with his fan.]] [[MindScrew I'm not kidding]].
* GrayRainOfDepression: Genji is depressed [[spoiler: because he can't remember all his lovers in detail and it's mixing up all of them.]] He asks, "Where did they all go? What am I looking for?"
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Formerly available on subtitled VHS, now long out of print. You can still find copies occasionally, but they're liable to cost you a small fortune.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Lady Rokujo.]]
* MeaningfulFuneral: [[spoiler: Lady Aoi's.]]
* MelodramaticPause: When Genji hears from the other nobles gossiping that [[spoiler: Lady Fujitsubo is pregnant]].
* {{Mukokuseki}}: Averted, all characters have Asiatic features.
* OedipusComplex: Lady Fujitsubo asks if it's true that she resembles Genji's mother, he answer that he doesn't remember her. She says: "Is it really me that you are seeking?"
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Yuugao]] in the first five minutes of the movie, before the opening.
* SceneryPorn: The scenery is made to resemble traditional japanese paintings.
* StealthHiBye: Genji does this once.
* {{Tomboy}}: Lady Murasaki, who prefers to play with balls as opposed to dolls.
* UpperClassTwit: Genji.
* VictimFallsForRapist: Genji seems to be convinced of this. [[spoiler:He breaks into Lady Fujitsubo's room undressing her, despite her protests and later approaches an unknown lady saying "It is useless to cry out, no matter what I do, I'm allowed to do it". The lady only murmurs as answer: "You are [[{{MagnificentBastard}} Lord Genji]], aren't you?"]]
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Sakura]]: Genji has nightmares with sakura petals and several occasions [[spoiler: imaginary fallen petals appears when [[DeusAngstMachina something awful is about to happen]]]]. He develops some sort of "sakura trauma".
* WifeHusbandry: Even sometimes referred to as a Hikaru Genji Plan. In this version, Genji completes his plan and makes [[spoiler: Lady Murasaki]] his last conquer. To Genji's credit, it was not his idea, but To no Chuujo's. It's also him who suggest that [[spoiler: Lady Murasaki resembles Lady Fujitsubo]]; Genji answers that it was [[spoiler: LoveAtFirstSight (even if she was just a child)]].
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