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Memoirs of a Geisha (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition) (Bilingual)

Ziyi Zhang , Ken Watanabe , Rob Marshall    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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A Cinderella story set in a mysterious and exotic world, this stunning romantic epic shows how a house servant blossoms, against all odds, to become the most captivating geisha of her day.

"... a visually stunning adaptation of Arthur Golden's best-selling novel." (Barry Caine, OAKLAND TRIBUNE) The director of Chicago, Rob Marshall, transports us into a mysterious and exotic world that casts a potent spell. A Cinderella story like no other, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA stars Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh and Gong Li. "Gorgeously photographed, meticulously directed and hypnotically acted. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA is luxurious, ethereal and intoxicating. It will leave you breathless." (Rex Reed, NEW YORK OBSERVER)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful film June 15 2006
As the film begins, young Chiyo (Suzuka Ohgo) and her sister and sold by their poor parents to be servant girls in a geisha house far away. They are separated, and Chiyo's life is filled with work, punishment, and loneliness, until the day she meets the Chairman (Ken Watanabe). The handsome businessman is kind to the little girl, and from that moment she vows to become a geisha so she can see him again. With the help of her mentor (Michelle Yeoh), she becomes the most celebrated geisha in the city. And then WWII changes everything.

I really enjoyed everything about "Memoirs." The costumes and scenery are simply exquisite, the acting is excellent, and the script is powerful and touching. The story contrasts the harsh life of little Chiyo with the graceful elegance of the geishas, and it's such a visual feast that it was hard to leave the theatre and not see any kimonos. The best scenes were those with Ken Watanabe, whose confidence and charisma are very appealing. All of the actors are very good and I really cared about the characters. Heartily recommended for its story and breathtaking beauty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have Oct. 2 2013
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This movie is just, wow! I had this movie in DVD, but wanted it in BluRay for the heck of having a better image and sound.
The story is just amazing, the actors are marvelous and it's just beautiful.
I guess I just need to read the book.
You should buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie Aug. 27 2013
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Very good movie. We enjoyed how good the story line was to follow. Filming of the scenes were very good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film Feb. 24 2014
By brenda
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The cinematography is phenomenal and really gives a glimpse in to a world we know little about. We will watch it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different and entertaining July 2 2013
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It was quite different I loved the cinematography also the story was quite well done, definitely a must see. Worth seeing a couple of times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Geisha July 1 2012
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Excellent delivery time, beautiful movie and storyline. We had the regular DVD but wanted the blu ray because the scenery and colours are so vibrant it warrants being seen in HD on a big screen. We are very pleased with this item.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Three movies won three Oscars this year and one of those three was "Memoirs of a Geisha." These were for the Art Direction by art director John Myrhe and set decorator Gretchen Rau, Dion Beebe's Cinematography, and Colleen Atwood's Costume Design. Those particular awards should be sufficient to tell you that this is a gorgeous looking film, but once you see it you may well come to the conclusion that the style of the film is its most substantive part. There is great beauty here, to be sure, but not the soul that would make it a great film.

I have not read Arthur Golden's best-selling novel, but I am aware that those who have are not simply complaining that the book is better (a constant complaint applicable to almost all literature adapted to the screen), but saying that the script by Robin Swicord ("Practical Magic") has changed the novel into something inferior. Obviously, I cannot speak to that, but I can comment on why this 2005 film proves to be less than satisfactory taken on its own terms.

Young Chiyo (Suzuka Ohgo) and her sister are taken from their farming village and sold to a geisha house run by Mother (Kaori Momoi). Chiyo ends up a possible candidate for becoming a geisha, although she has not idea what that means, while her sister, Satsu (Samantha Futerman) is immediately forced to work as a prostitute. The geisha of the house, Hatsuomo (Li Gong), takes exception to the young girl and threatens to crush her. But when she grows up, Chiyo (Ziyi Zhang), begins her training in earnest and is given the geisha name Sayuri, and is taken under the wing of the great geisha Mameha (Michelle Yeoh).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Visually attractive April 28 2011
Excellent cinematography, but the story could have been a little more exciting. Why did they use Chinese in the lead roles and not Japanese? The Geishas hair, makeup and costumes are not correct. It shows the practice of selling young girls to the Geisha houses, fortunately that practice ended after WWII. Reputable Geisha houses did not buy girls; very often the position was handed down from mother to daughter.
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