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Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

21 Ratings: 2.5
Action & Adventure and Drama movie directed by Rob Marshall

Chicagodirector Rob Marshall's pretty but empty (or pretty empty) film has all the elements of an Oscar® contender: solid adaptation (from Arthur Golden's bestseller), beautiful locale, good acting, lush cinematography. But there's something … see full wiki

Director: Rob Marshall
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
9 reviews about Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
review by . November 22, 2008
Life was tough for pretty girls   Who lived in old Japan   If they were poor they could get sold   And trained to please a man     Chiyo with her blue-gray eyes   Symbolic of pure water   Her older sister's brothel bound   But she's the geisha daughter     The reigning geisha sees a threat   It fills her heart with hate   Hatsumomo and her jealous rage   Was out to change …
review by . March 21, 2009
This movie is a fascinating tale of a young girl who is ripped from her family with her sister and sold to a geisha house to either be a "slave" or sent to geisha training. When she arrives at the house her sister is rejected and then sent to the prostitution quarter instead. The girl must endure beatings from her mistress and from the jealous other geishas in the house as well as losing her sister and parents.     She fails as a geisha and is tricked by the other geisha's into …
review by . December 21, 2008
Even if you've read the book and can't stand to see a film adaptation, or even if you're not into really long, miserable love stories, Memoirs of a Geisha is still for you because it's simply a visual masterpiece.     Basically, to me, the film shows how true love will overcome the rigid walls and confines of established caste systems, hierarchies, social rules, and even the outbreak of war. True love always finds a way to recover and reestablish itself (kind of like K. Hosseini's …
review by . March 02, 2007
The movie begins with young Chiyo being sold of by her poor parents because they cannot support her. She gets sent into a geisha house to live as a servant to geishas, who were basically high class prostitutes for their age. There, she works and slaves, always under the thumb of the hen of the household, Hatsumomo. Then she blossoms and her beauty shows thru until she is met one day by the Chairman, a very rich, handsome, and eligible patron of geishas. She is rescued from her servitude by a rival …
review by . April 04, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Once again I get to review a film from an amazing novel that I knew nothing about until this film was released. I must say that everything from the story to the visuals are beautiful especially Japan's cherry blossoms and other obvious colorful scenery. One of the few problems I had with the movie was that it wasn't in its original Japanese language with English subtitles.     I have become one of those people that appreciate a foreign film especially Asian cinema much more when …
review by . February 21, 2006
Why there is so much polarity with the audiences of Rob Marshall's cinematic adaptation of Arthur Golden's exquisite novel MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA is puzzling. Even in the theater there were those who left halfway through - reason unknown. Despite disagreements on the casting techniques and on the emphasis changes between the book and the film, MEMOIRS remains one of the most visually arresting, genteel films of the year. That it comes across as somewhat of an epic soap opera is no one's fault but the …
review by . May 28, 2006
I was able to watch this film last night and I ask you this...............Can a group of American men and Chinese actresses render the remote and mysterious world of a geisha? The answer is yes, with stunning beauty ...and regrettable flaws. The basic flaw of the film is the dialogue that feels so foreign it might have been written in another language. The different accents of the cast doesn't help matters because they speak in a sort of British English that is a distraction. I was actually wishing …
review by . May 12, 2006
As a pastel kaleidoscope of priceless kimono arrangements and ephemeral cherry blossoms, Rob Marshall's screen version of bestselling novel "Memoirs of a Geisha" succeeds on every stunningly visual level to recreate the lost world of the pre-WWII geisha, but fails to convey the nuanced range of inner emotions detailed so compellingly and charmingly by author Arthur Golden via the voice of his narrator, Chiyo/Sayuri.     In the book, Chiyo reviews her life from the vantage point …
review by . April 18, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
This movie is a fascinating tale of a young girl who is ripped from her family with her sister and sold to a geisha house to either be a "slave" or sent to geisha training. When she arrives at the house her sister is rejected and then sent to the prostitution quarter instead. The girl must endure beatings from her mistress and from the jealous other geishas in the house as well as losing her sister and parents.    She fails as a geisha and is tricked by the other geisha's into …
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