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Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 23 December 2005 (USA)
Nitta Sayuri reveals how she transcended her fishing-village roots and became one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

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In the 1920s, 9-year-old Chiyo gets sold to a geisha house. There, she is forced into servitude, receiving nothing in return until the house's ruling hierarchy determines if she is of high enough quality to service the clientele -- men who visit and pay for conversation, dance and song. After rigorous years of training, Chiyo becomes Sayuri, a geisha of incredible beauty and influence. Life is good for Sayuri, but World War II is about to disrupt the peace. Written by Jwelch5742

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geisha | japan | jealousy | woman | 1920s | See All (44) »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for mature subject matter and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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23 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Memorias de una geisha  »

Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$682,504 (USA) (11 December 2005)

Gross:

$57,490,508 (USA)
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Trivia

The playwright Doug Wright stayed on set during the shoot to rewrite lines that actors found too difficult to pronounce. He also polished up the shooting script. See more »

Goofs

The dance performed by Sayuri during her debut is of a dance style that was invented as a reaction to the tragedy of World War II. See more »

Quotes

Nobu: There is nothing I want more, Sayuri, than to become your danna.
Sayuri Nitta: I already owe you far too much.
[turns away]
Nobu: I will not be refused.
Sayuri Nitta: Please.
Nobu: We are tied to each other. I know you feel it too.
Sayuri Nitta: I never meant to mislead you.
Nobu: [Grabs Sayuri] Sayuri, I do not like things held up before me that I cannot have...
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Referenced in Vecinos: Presidente de la Manzana (2007) See more »

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Performed by Azuma Kabuki Musicians featuring Katsutoji Kineya, Rosen Tosha, and Shozaburo Matsushima
Courtesy of Columbia Music Entertainment, Inc.
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Style AND substance
4 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Lavish cinematography means 'Memoirs of a Geisha' is never anything less than visually beautiful, and it's hard to think of how any other movie could beat it to an Oscar in this department come March next year. However, the true merit of the film lies in the fact that its sumptuous style does not outweigh substance, something particularly thankful given that such an imbalance was so unfortunately true of House of Flying Daggers, the last major release to star Ziyi Zhang. Instead, the truly enchanting performance of 12-year old Suzaka Oghu, who plays the young Sayuri for the first half hour, ensures attention is captured within her character's story for the rest of the drama. This allows the script to remain pleasingly understated, and also means the unlikely nature of the romance can be overlooked.

The hibernation that the story withdraws into during the wartime years could so easily have been damaging, but in the event the portrayal of how the post-war influx of American troops corrupted Japan's ancient traditions is just as excellent as the rest of the film.


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