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Memoirs Of A Geisha

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Arthur Golden's blockbuster bestseller, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, has been brilliantly brought to the big screen by Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall (CHICAGO). The film opens in a remote Japanese fishing village in 1929, where two sisters, Chiyo and Satsu, are sold by their troubled father to people who place Chiyo in a classy geisha house known as an okiya in Gion and Satsu in a much more vulgar and dangerous district. Chiyo becomes a maid to Hatsumomo, a cold, controlling, and calculating geisha who is instantly jealous of Chiyo's unusual, beautiful eyes and childish innocence. Chiyo is befriended by Pumpkin, another maid at the okiya, but the two are soon driven apart. Chiyo is shown compassion by the Chairman and another, more successful geisha, Mameha, who takes her under her wing as her "little sister," furthering the battle between Chiyo, now called Sayuri, and Hatsumomo. As Sayuri is trained in the art of being a geisha, learning how to walk, talk, dance, and serve (up to a point) in order to please and honor her distinguished male clients, World War II looms on the horizon, threatening to upend Japan and its old ways. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA is a lush, sweeping historical and romantic epic, featuring gorgeous period costumes, primarily the exquisite kimono worn by the geisha. Ziyi Zhang (HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) is outstanding as Sayuri, who stands up to the oppressive Hatsumomo (the effervescent Gong Li), while Michelle Yeoh, who starred with Zhang in CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, is splendid as the wise and elegant Mameha. Ken Watanabe (THE LAST SAMURAI), Koji Yakusho (SHALL WE DANCE?), and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (ELEKTRA) are among the men who take an interest in Sayuri, who is continually faced with difficult choices that will shape her destiny, just as Japan's destiny is changing shape with the coming of the West. John Williams's soaring score is enhanced by solos from virtuosos Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman.

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Studio Sony
SKU 202287129
UPC 043396111592
UPC 14 00043396111592
Format DVD
Release Date 5/1/2012
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Actors
Name Ohgo,Suzuka
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Directors
Name Rob Marshall
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Cast & Crew
Arthur Golden - Based On Novel By
Bobby Cohen - Executive Producer
Dion Beebe - Cinematographer
Gary Barber - Executive Producer
John Williams - Original Music By
Pietro Scalia - Editor
Rob Marshall - Director
Robin Swicord - Screenplay
Suzuka Ohgo - Actor
Thomas Ikeda - Actor
Togo Igawa - Actor
Ziyi Zhang - Actor
Awards
Oscar (2006) Colleen Atwood, Winner, Best Achievement in Costume Design,Dion Beebe, Winner, Best Achievement in Cinematography,John Myhre, Gretchen Rau , Winner, Best Achievement in Art Direction,John Williams, Nominee, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score,Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell, Rick Kline, John Pritchett, Nominee, Best Achievement in Sound,Wylie Stateman, Nominee, Best Achievement in Sound Editing
British Academy Awards (2006) Colleen Atwood, Winner, Best Costume Design,Dion Beebe, Winner, Best Cinematography,John Myhre, Nominee, Best Production Design,John Williams , Winner, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music,Noriko Watanabe, Kate Biscoe, Lyndell Quiyou, Kelvin R. Trahan, Nominee, Best Make Up/Hair,Ziyi Zhang, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (2006) John Williams , Winner, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Ziyi Zhang , Nominee, Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Image Award (2006) Ziyi Zhang , Nominee, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild (2006) Ziyi Zhang , Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I realize that my doubts and footnotes are completely irrelevant to the primary audience for this movie, which wants to see beauty, sex, tradition and exoticism all choreographed into a dance of strategy and desire. "Memoirs of a Geisha" (directed by Rob Marshall of "Chicago") supplies what is required, elegantly and with skill. The actresses create geishas as they imagine them to have been, which is probably wiser than showing them as they were. There is a sense in which I enjoyed every frame of this movie, and another sense in which my enjoyment made me uneasy.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Variety.com
Review Right down to the exterior light, the film is convincing in its physical details despite the fact it was mostly shot in California, on Sony soundstages in Culver City and on locations throughout the state (a few Japanese locales were used as well). Colleen Atwood's dazzling costumes, particularly the ornate kimono, play an unusually central visual role, as do the makeup and hairstyles. John Williams' excellent score is dominated by Japanese instrumentations, abetted by Western-style thematic work soulfully played by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound, Featurette, Audio Commentary, Music, English Subtitled, French Dubbed & Subtitled, 2 Discs
Product Attributes
Actor Gong Li / Ken Watanabe / Koji Yakusho / Mako / Michelle Yeoh / Ohgo,Suzuka / Zhang Ziyi
Composer John Williams
Director Dion Beebe / Rob Marshall
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Steve Oldfield, FOX One of the year's best films.
Barry Caine, Oakland Tribune ...a visually stunning adaptation of Arthur Golden's best-selling novel.
Rex Reed, The New York Observer Gorgeously photographed, meticulously directed and hypnotically acted.
Rex Reed, New York Observer Gorgeously photographed, meticulously directed and hypnotically acted. Memoirs of a Geisha is luxurious, ethereal and intoxicating. It will leave you breathless.

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