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Swathed in silk and longing mostly for a bald guy called Oscarthe big-screen version of "Memoirs of a Geisha" arrives with good intentions firmly in place. Based on the best seller by Arthur Golden, this lavishly appointed melodrama was directed by Rob Marshalllately of "Chicago," and features the Chinese superstars Ziyi Zhang and Gong Liand the Malaysian transplant Michelle Yeohas Japanese geishas swept up in jealous rivalries during the 's and 40's. In this cloistered world, men come and go as do history and warplanes, amid spectacularly unfortunate metaphors about male eels and female caves and one regrettably brief catfight in a kimono.
It's a recognized fact that many epic love stories of literature and cinema transpire around or during a war. Zhivago the Russian Revolutionand Pearl Harbor just kidding. Memoirs of a Geisha falls into this category.
Posted by Elinor Cackett Oct 12, Sayuri and The Chairman from Memoirs of a Geisha. Memoirs of a Geisha is an Oscar-winning period drama which was adapted from the book by Arthur Golden.
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Production took place in southern and northern California and in several locations in Kyotoincluding the Kiyomizu temple and the Fushimi Inari shrine. The film tells the story of a young Japanese girl, Chiyo Sakamoto, who is sold by her impoverished family to a geisha house called an okiya. Chiyo is eventually transformed into a geisha and renamed "Sayuri", and becomes one of the most celebrated geisha of her time. But with this success, Sayuri also learns the secrets and sacrifices of the geisha lifestyle.
Released on December 9,Memoirs has been a source of contention for many scholars and moviegoers alike. Set in pre-WWII s Japan, a 9-year old girl named Chiyo and her older sister, Satsu, are sold into the human trafficking market by their impoverished and sickly parents. While Satsu is sold to a brothel, Chiyo is sold to Ms. Nitta Kaori Momoiaka Mother, who owns an okiyaor a boarding house for Geisha.