Memoirs of a Geisha

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Studio Sony
SKU 203928551
UPC 043396179998
UPC 14 00043396179998
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Based On A Novel
Betrayal
Japan
Prostitution
Romance
Slavery
Theatrical Release
Women
World War II
Editors Note
Note 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.
Reviews
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 5 -- "Zhang is loveliness incarnate. And the great Michelle Yeoh, her co-star in CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, possesses a touching gravity..." 12/15/2005 p.162
New York Times "The exquisite Ms. Gong looks like a gift that keeps on giving when trussed up in silk, but she and the film come most alive when her hair tumbles down and she sashays about the okiya, stirring the air with her tremulous rage." 12/09/2005 p.E1-E13
Uncut "As beautiful-looking a film as you'll see....Often magical." 02/01/2006 p.98
Sight and Sound "On the evidence of Marshall's film, the geishas are like highly trained birds kept in intricately woven bamboo cages; they are made temporarily fascinating by the skills of the film's true artists -- its troika of fine leading actresses..." 02/01/2006 p.71-72
Widescreen Review "Dion Beebe's gorgeous cinematography is delivered with sharp images..." 04/01/2006 p.59
Directors
Rob Marshall
Actors
Ken Watanabe
Ziyi Zhang
Cast & Crew
Ken Watanabe - Star
Koji Yakusho - Star
Ziyi Zhang - Star
Mako - Star
Gong Li - Star
Michelle Khan - Star
John Williams - Composer
Douglas Wick - Producer
Gary Barber - Executive Producer
Itzhak Perlman - Additional Music/Songs
Roger Birnbaum - Producer
Doug Wright - Screenwriter
Bobby Cohen - Executive Producer
Robin Swicord - Screenwriter
Yo-Yo Ma - Additional Music/Songs
Lucy Fisher - Producer
Steven Spielberg - Producer
Dion Beebe - Director of Photography
Patricia Whitcher - Executive Producer
Rob Marshall - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 17999
UPC 00043396179998
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Awards
Name Dion Beebe
Award Category Best Cinematography
Award Status Winner
Award Year 2005
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Zhang,Ziyi
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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