Memoirs of a Geisha

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MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA:"... a visually stunning adaptation of Arthur Golden's best-selling novel." (Barry Caine, OAKLAND TRIBUNE) The director of Chicago, Rob Marshall, transports us into a mysterious and exotic world that casts a potent spell. A Cinderella story like no other, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA stars Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh and Gong Li. "Gorgeously photographed, meticulously directed and hypnotically acted. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA is luxurious, ethereal and intoxicating. It will leave you breathless." (Rex Reed, NEW YORK OBSERVER)LITTLE WOMEN:Winona Ryder (in an Oscar nominated role) and Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon (1995 Best Actress, Dead Man Walking) star in this "affectionate, superbly acted" (Los Angeles Times) family favorite. With her husband off at war, Marmee (Sarandon) is left alone to raise their four daughters, her LITTLE WOMEN. There is the spirited Jo (Ryder); conservative Meg (Trini Alvarado, Paulie); fragile Beth (Claire Danes, William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet); and romantic Amy (played at different agesby Kristen Dunst, Wag the Dog and Samantha Mathis, Broken Arrow). As the years pass, the sisters share some of the most cherished and painful memories of self-discovery, as Marmee and Aunt March (Mary Wickes, The Man Who Came to Dinner) guide them through issues of independence, romance and virtue. Gabriel Byrne (End of Days), Eric Stoltz (TV's "Chicago Hope") and Christian Bale (The Portrait of a Lady) co-star in this "handcrafted valentine" (Newsweek) of a film.Format: DVD MOVIE

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 202305285
UPC 043396146921
UPC 14 00043396146921
Format DVD
Release Date 10/3/2006
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1/1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Gabriel Byrne - [Little] Actor
Gillian Armstrong - [Little] Director
Ken Watanabe - [Geisha] Actor
Kirsten Dunst - [Little] Actor
Li Gong - [Geisha] Actor
Rob Marshall - [Geisha] Director
Susan Sarandon - [Little] Actor
Winona Ryder - [Little] Actor
Youki Kudoh - [Geisha] Actor
Ziyi Zhang - [Geisha] Actor
Awards
Winner (2006) Golden Globe, John Williams, [Geisha] Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Oscar, John Myhre, Gretchen Rau , [Geisha] Best Achievement in Art Direction,Oscar, Dion Beebe, [Geisha] Best Achievement in Cinematography,Oscar, Colleen Atwood, [Geisha] Best Achievement in Costume Design
Nominee (2006) Golden Globe, Ziyi Zhang, [Geisha] Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominee (1995) Oscar, Winona Ryder, [Little] Best Actress in a Leading Role,Oscar, Colleen Atwood, [Little] Best Costume Design,Oscar, Thomas Newman , [Little] Best Music, Original Score
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review [Little] Perhaps the greatest fault -- and some may not see it as such -- is that even the best-developed characters in Little Women display an alarming lack of character flaws. Everyone is almost always good, kind, sweet, and pleasant. Rare are the moments when someone says something nasty or does something unsavory. So much niceness occasionally makes Little Women seem too sugary and scripted. Nevertheless, the tale is engrossing enough, and the film put together with such obvious affection, that it's not hard to dismiss those things as necessary elements of a beloved period piece.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Geisha] 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
Review [Geisha] 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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Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, Collector's Edition, DVD, 2 Pack
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Barry Caine, Oakland Tribune [Geisha] ...a visually stunning adaptation of Arthur Golden's best-selling novel.
Christopher Null, FilmCritic.com [Little] The story of Little Women is given a new breath of life with this film.
Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle [Little] Meticulously crafted, and warmly acted.
Nell Minow, Movie Mom [Little] Devoted and Lovely retelling of the classic story.
Rex Reed, New York Observer [Geisha] ...luxurious, ethereal and intoxicating. It will leave you breathless.
Steve Oldfield, Fox [Geisha] One of the year's best films.

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