Memoirs of a Geisha


Action / Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 35%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 126794


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Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as The Baron
Ziyi Zhang as Sayuri
Michelle Yeoh as Mameha
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2hr 25 min
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Reviewed by esteban1747 7 / 10

The life of a geisha

I read the book with interest in the past, and this film is not completely faithful to the original version in the book of Arthur Golden. However, it is interesting to see the geishas, their functions in Japanese society and the limit of their intimate relationships. A geisha may have been a servant in her childhood or adolescence, but she may ascend to that position depending on her beauty and the education she received, her art for dancing, singing and even to talk and entertain the demanding patriarchy. Being Geisha is a luck in a society, where the woman is a secondary entity. At least she gets out of poverty and rubs herself into the Japanese aristocratic circle. The film exposes everything clearly with due coherence. Nice to see the performances of experienced actress Michelle Yeoh as well as others as Ziyi Zhang, Suzuka Ogo, Ken Watanabe, Li Gong and Samantha Futerman, an evidence that Rob Marshall looked for experienced Asian actors/actresses, and not only Japanese.

Reviewed by ebuttitta 6 / 10

I Should Not Have Read the Book Before I Watched

I read a beautiful novel. Granted, I do not know much about Japanese culture, but the book was filled with information and subtlety that made me feel as though I did. The impression I felt was one of stifled hope under a beautiful mask that finally was able to burst through during the final pages. I cried.

Then, I watched the movie, hopeful that it would be the embodiment of all of the emotion that the book had evoked from me. I normally have lower expectations of movie adaptations of books I have read because I understand that it is impossible to fit in every event and detail, but this film, for me, fell short.

The beginning of the film was done incorrectly. The story of Sayuri being ripped from her family and subsequently throwing fits and crying was not true to the story and took away a piece of her character. When I read, I was struck by the fact that Sayuri didn't show much emotion more than silent crying and took that to be a cultural response. Sayuri being loud and throwing fits mischaracterized her.

Hatsumomo was miscast, and Mameha was not done quite right. The character of Hatsumomo seemed too loud as I imagined her with a kind of quiet cruelty. Mameha was such an important character that I didn't feel she was given enough time or credit for all that she taught and gave to Sayuri. I wanted to see more of them entertaining as geisha. What a night for them would be like. Also, in the book, Mameha clearly plots directly against Hatsumomo, which, to me, was another important detail.

The moment in which she meets the Chairman was not nearly as beautiful or heavily emphasized as it should have been. This was the moment when Sayuri was lost and without life direction and then decided to tether all of her hopes and dreams on this one man. Ken Watanabe was perfectly cast, but their meeting was too abrupt and insignificant.

Nobu's character wasn't developed nearly enough. It was never truly explained how much he cared for her or the true reason why Sayuri did not want him as a patron. He was also supposed to be more disfigured. I missed this detail, not for the shock factor, but because it is what makes everyone pity him and what helps drive the Chairman to keeping himself away.

I feel cheated because the most pivotal scene was changed. Sayuri should never have thrown the Chairman's handkerchief to the wind. She would have kept it always and never parted it with it for anything. She should have laid it in front of the Chairman as he spoke so that he would know that she loved him, too. Then end just wasn't right.

The progression of the film was beautiful. I love the score, and I particularly love the scene in which she transforms into a geisha. The scene in which Sayuri danced was absolute heaven. Visually, the movie did many things right. Content-wise, it was a miss for me.

Reviewed by martin-fennell 10 / 10

A very worthwhile watch.

Terrific movie with Excellent performances from Li Gong, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang. and others in the cast. I understand Japanese people being critical of Chinese playing Japanese. I'm sure there are plenty of Japanese Actresess who could have played the roles just as well. But I find some of the reviews rather silly Quote from a review here "First, I have to ask the director why he did not hire a Japanese art director who would not create absolutely untruth interior architecture and furniture, and not make funny hair and Kimono style. Japanese never wear Kimono making the right side in front until they die." I'm sorry, I didn't watch to learn about Japanese architecture. if i did. i would watch a documentary about Japanese architecture. I don't care about the hair do's, and whether or not the kimono is displayed probably or not. I'm irish. If I watch about Ireland, eg Michael Collins, i don't care if the films get's historical facts wrong. what's more important is the story, the acting, directing. stuff like that. Look, this film was made primarily for a western audience. i'm sure there are people in the west who take a deep interest in Japanese culture who will take issue with what the film got wrong. But for the average film-goer like me, I highly recommend this movie.

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