Memoirs of a Geisha


Action / Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 35%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 131752


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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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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by soupdragon37713 10 / 10

Beautiful Film

I was initially dubious about going to see this film after I read a lot of mixed reviews. However, I am glad that I decided to just bite the bullet and go see it. This is one of the most visually stunning and entrancing films I have ever seen, with a wonderful storyline which had me clutching the edge of my seat in sheer frustration! I absolutely loved the love story that was central to the film, although I was a bit worried by the age gap. lol. It made me really want a snow cone though. I thought Zhang Ziyi was fantastic in the part of Sayuri, and she made the character very endearing and real. I am a big fan of Ken Watanabe, and it was good to see him in a part like this; the relationship was very believable and I thought they were both great. In fact, all the actors in this film did their characters justice and helped to make the film as beautiful and Oscar-worthy as it is. I just loved the story and all the sets that provided a wonderful backdrop for such an emotional, powerful tale. I recommend this to everyone! It's THAT good!

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.

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