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I’ve been waiting a long time for Memoirs of a Geisha to come out. I think a lot of people have! There’s been talk about it ever since the book got optioned, and several different directors have been attached at different points, including Steven Spielberg, who is credited as a producer. Rob Marshall, who so successfully directed “Chicago” eventually got the job, and he did it well. The look and feel of the movie is lush, rich, it’s a drama that sweeps you away in the story. The characters are well defined and each serves a specific purpose. The locations are amazing, the costumes are beautiful, the music is enchanting. I love that the women characters are strong. Even the lead character, the little slave girl who becomes the acclaimed geisha “Sayuri” takes control of her life and her destiny. In a way the movie is like a fairy tale because it’s set in a place and time that really doesn’t exist anymore. For older kids it will teach some history. There are some scenes of violence. I think this movie will get a few nominations come Oscar time – I’d guess Adapted Screenplay, Costumes, Musical Score, Make-up, Cinematography.

 


 

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Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

PG-13 145 min - Drama, History, Romance - 6 December 2005
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Based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha is a sweeping romantic epic set in a mysterious and exotic world that still casts a potent spell today. The story begins in the years before WWII when a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.

Director:  Rob Marshall
Stars:  Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Youki Kudoh, Tsai Chin, Suzuka Ohgo, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Navia Nguyen, Kōji Yakusho, Kaori Momoi, Zoe Weizenbaum, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kenneth Tsang, Randall Duk Kim, Paul Adelstein, Ted Levine, Samantha Futerman, Karl Yune, Togo Igawa, Elizabeth Sung, Eugenia Yuan

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Based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha is a sweeping romantic epic set in a mysterious and exotic world that still casts a potent spell today. The story begins in the years before WWII when a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.


Tagline: My world is as forbidden as it is fragile; without its mysteries, it cannot survive.

Genres: Drama, History, Romance

Details

Country:   Japan
Language:  Japanese, English
Release Date:  6 December 2005

Box Office

Budget:  $85,000,000
Revenue:  $162,242,962

Company Credits

Production Companies:  DreamWorks SKG, Spyglass Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Red Wagon Productions

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 25 min
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