Memoirs of a Geisha
Memoirs of a Geisha
PG-13 | 06 December 2005 (USA)
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A sweeping romantic epic set in Japan in the years before World War II, a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.


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I'll tell you why so serious


The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful

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Quiet Muffin

This movie tries so hard to be funny, yet it falls flat every time. Just another example of recycled ideas repackaged with women in an attempt to appeal to a certain audience.

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It's suh an amazing movie! But as it was discussed before, it's not accurate..unfortunately. The movie is based on a book and the writer of the book (based on the interview with Mineko Iwasaki) misunderstood the whole thing. Geishas are represented literally like whores (which is not true). And then people think of geishas like that. That is the problem. But if we put that aside, the movie is still beautiful and one of my favorites!

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It is the Story of Sayuri (Suzuka Ohgo), a famous geisha and her extraordinary life. As told by her mother Sayuri is like water, water can carve its way, even through stone and when trapped makes a new Path. Film opens in a unknown village where Chiyo and her sister Satsu forcibly removed from their home. Chiyo is taken care of Geisha's house whereas her sister deemed less attractive sold onto prostitution.She was not born to Geisha , but one day near Sunagawa she met a gentlemen. That man was so gentle to her and give her a cup of sweet ice and money to buy food. In that moment she changed from a girl nothing but emptiness and someone with some purpose. She wants to become Geisha and return his favor. And her Journey beginsGeisha are not courtesans, they are not wives . They sold their skills not bodies, she sings, entertained us. The very word Geisha means "Artist".There are plenty of good things of this movie is Storytelling, Costume Design, Cinematography, and of course the struggling of Chiyo and how she becomes Chiyo to Sayuri . Does she met the gentlemen ?

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Two sisters sold into two separate Geisha houses - attempt to flee - While the older sister gets away - The younger sister has to stay - Not only that, her chance at becoming a Geisha is taken from her due to the wicked schemes of an older Geisha who lives in the same house and a heavy debt that she cannot pay - forced to be a servant, she goes about life with no hope - Until she meets the Chairman - A much older man who shows her the first glimpse of kindness she has ever known - Making a promise to herself she decides she wants to someday marry him - When a rival shows up at their Geisha house years later - she decides to take the young woman, who once was the young girl, into her Geisha home to become a Geisha - What takes others years, she must learn in months - While hoping to one day be in the Chairman's arms. The rest you will have to see for yourself - The Cinematography is mind blowing - and it takes you to a place you may have never dreamed or imagined!

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The gentle standpoint of the Japanese woman...I guess you have all watches "Memoirs of a Geisha", the beautiful adaptation of Arthur Golden's book of the same name. This dramatic film does justice to the position not only of the geisha in the Japanese society, but it is also an embodiment of the innocence of the Japanese woman. I dare not say that there is no controversy in this movie - the lead female actresses are all Chinese. Though the depiction of the characters is so much true to the original. My opinion is such not because I understand all the qualities of the geisha performer, or the Japanese women, but as a result of the many various emotions and thoughts that this cinematic artwork awakens in me. The heartbreaking purity and vulnerability pierce through the silver screen into the viewer's mind like a clear chord from a Shamisen's stretched string.The movie follows the narrow path of poor Chiyo through the hardships of time and depicts the layering of an impeccable white powder mask. Despair and the driving forces behind the transition of the main character from the gentle Chiyo to the symbolic Sayuri. Romantic mystery and cruel reality wrap up the appealing of this powerful story. This film is about the power of the spirit which I guess most of the Japanese women have. Their obedience and timeless intimacy are two of the main characteristics which we all know. Also, we can see the world of the geisha depicted in details. It nurtures carefully, but also drains the natural desire for freedom. This harsh world imprints the sense that there is no alternative, but to live gracefully empty. The story though follows the historical turbulence of time and unites the two main characters at the end. Fate is involved like a thin invisible thread joining the dramatic parts of the story.The intimate music and the compelling visuals are so immersed that we ourselves feel deep compassion for Sayuri. Throughout her whole life she wants only one thing - to love and to be loved. The Chairman is that island of peace and happiness which she longs for. Do we all crave to express and feel? Aren't we all harboring such intimate dreams of fulfillment? Don't we all relate to the same heartfelt desire? I think that deep inside we are all the same. No matter when, where and how we live...

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