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Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

PG-13 145 minutes

Directed by Rob Marshall
Written by Arthur Golden, Robin Swicord, Doug Wright

Starring
  Ziyi Zhang
  Li Gong
  Michelle Yeoh
  Ken Watanabe
  Youki Kudoh

Drama, Romance


Synopsis: The film opens in a remote Japanese fishing village in 1929, where two sisters, Chiyo and Satsu, are sold by their troubled father to people who place Chiyo in a classy geisha house known as an okiya in Gion and Satsu in a much more vulgar and dangerous district. Chiyo becomes a maid to Hatsumomo, a cold, controlling, and calculating geisha who is instantly jealous of Chiyo's unusual, beautiful eyes and childish innocence. Chiyo is befriended by Pumpkin, another maid at the okiya, but the two are soon driven apart. Chiyo is shown compassion by the Chairman and another, more successful geisha, Mameha, who takes her under her wing as her "little sister," furthering the battle between Chiyo, now called Sayuri, and Hatsumomo. As Sayuri is trained in the art of being a geisha, learning how to walk, talk, dance, and serve (up to a point) in order to please and honor her distinguished male clients, World War II looms on the horizon, threatening to upend Japan and its old ways.

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Reviews

AuthorDate SmartsPopcornCRD
The Gnome 02 Feb 2006 65 36 4829
Black Sheep 12 Jun 2006 68 55 6113
Average: (3 Reviews) 69 53 6015

 

Statistics
Smarts Average:69%
Popcorn Average:53%
Combined Average:60%  Margin of Error:+/- 18%
Number of Reviews:3  Consensus:3 out of 3
Confidence:82%  Verdict:Undetermined

 

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