It was also nominated for and won numerous awards, including nominations for six Academy Awards , and eventually won three: Best Cinematography , Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. The acting, visuals, sets, costumes, and the musical score composed by John Williams were praised, but the film was criticized for casting Chinese actresses as Japanese women and for its style over substance approach.
The Japanese release of the film was titled Sayuri , the titular character's geisha name. Chiyo Sakamoto, a young girl living in a poor village, is sold to a geisha house by her father alongside her sister, Satsu, so that they might send money back home.
Satsu is instead taken to a brothel nearby, being judged to be too ugly to become a successful geisha. Chiyo meets "Granny" and "Auntie", two other women who run the house, and the okiya' s only working geisha, Hatsumomo, who is beautiful but cruel. Chiyo meets another young girl nicknamed Pumpkin, who she immediately becomes friends with. Chiyo sneaks out of the house and finds Satsu following a tip from Hatsumomo.
The two plan to run away back home together. When Chiyo returns to the okiya that night, she finds Hatsumomo having sex with her boyfriend, Koichi, and the two are caught, alongside Chiyo, by Mother. Mother forbids Hatsumomo from seeing Koichi again, with everyone barred from leaving the okiya at night except to attend work engagements.
On the night of Chiyo and Satsu's planned escape, Chiyo sneaks out and accidentally falls off a rooftop, causing serious injury. Mother stops investing in Chiyo's geisha training as a result, and tells her that her parents are dead.
Chiyo is demoted from a trainee to a maid inside the okiya. You just clipped your first slide! Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later. Now customize the name of a clipboard to store your clips. First time I've watched this again in about 5 yrs, just as the first time I watched it, I was taken away with the stunning beauty of the film.
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One person found this helpful. A somewhat strange story - and hardly a bundle of laughs - this is a beautiful piece of cinema and visually stunning especially on Blu-ray. Ms Zhang is suitably luminescent in the title role and there are many other strong performances. I have always looked in films for that ability to allow you to escape utterly into its world.
Chiyo's plans to become a geisha - a "moving work of art" who sells her skills, not her body - are dashed when she runs afoul of Hatsumomo Gong Li , the house's most consistent earner. For her infractions, she is denied the chance to attend the geisha school and must perform menial chores. But others see something in her. The Chairman Ken Watanabe recognizes her as a girl of amazing character and offers her a simple kindness. Chiyo vows to become a geisha and make him her patron.
Other Asians defended the casting, including the film's main Japanese star Ken Watanabe who said that "talent is more important than nationality. For instance, my character had to go from age 15 to 35; she had to be able to dance, and she had to be able to act, so he needed someone who could do all that. I also think that regardless of whether someone is Japanese or Chinese or Korean, we all would have had to learn what it is to be a geisha, because almost nobody today knows what that means—not even the Japanese actors on the film.
Geisha was not meant to be a documentary. I remember seeing in the Chinese newspaper a piece that said we had only spent six weeks to learn everything and that that was not respectful toward the culture.
It's like saying that if you're playing a mugger, you have to rob a certain number of people. To my mind, what this issue is all about, though, is the intense historical problems between China and Japan. The whole subject is a land mine. Maybe one of the reasons people made such a fuss about Geisha was that they were looking for a way to vent their anger.
Film critic Roger Ebert pointed out that the film was made by a Japanese-owned company, and that Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi outgross any Japanese actress even in the Japanese box office. She has an entourage of dressers, hairstylists, and maids to help her out, making some geisha into major divas. Memoirs is the story of a young girl named Chiyo, who grows up to become one of the most famous geisha of all time: Nitta Sayuri.
Along the way, she tangles with rival geisha and must entertain a variety of men on varying levels of the creep-o-meter. However, the book wasn't written by an actual geisha. It was written by a white man named Arthur Golden. He interviewed former real-life geisha Mineko Iwasaki, and she took him behind the shoji screen to reveal all the intimate details of a geisha's life—how they do their makeup, how they style their hair, and why they tie their kimono from behind.
Geisha culture has roots in the 18th century and still exists today. Although Iwasaki was a geisha in the s, Golden sets his story in the s and 40s, when World War II breaks out and tears the world—and geisha culture—apart.
Iwasaki alleges she conducted the interview with Golden in private, and she was furious when the book was published in and her name was right there in the book's acknowledgements. See the entire gallery. Title: Memoirs of a Geisha A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation. During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.
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An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. Headquartered in Shimoda, Harris discovers that the Japanese thoroughly mistrust the Americans. Slowly, Harris earns the respect of the local power brokers and townsfolk and is permitted to enter the city of Tokyo. Ziyi's fragile radiant presence lights up the screen, the standout scene being her public dance pe Memoirs of a Geisha hurts the heart and the brain with its crushing monotony, inert, sub-human dia It's lush, stylish and a feast for the eyes and ears rather than the heart and soul.