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.