Memoirs of a Geisha
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  • If there is anyone who is into cultural immersion and intense drama, then I recommend this movie
  • I could also consider the movie educational, with the many aspect of Japan's geisha culture being shown in the movie

    • by Jesselle Maminta
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      Another Cinderella story with a cultural relevance is Memoirs of a Geisha, a movie adaptation of Arthur Golden’s best selling novel. If there is anyone who is into cultural immersion and intense drama, then I recommend this movie.

      The movie follows the story of Chiyo (Suzuka Ohgo), a young girl taken


      out from her family to be sent at an okiya (geisha house) in Gion district of Kyoto.

      There, she experienced different hardships from the head of household to the resident geisha Hatsumomo (Gong Li).

      A few years later, the grown-up Chiyo (Zhang Ziyi) was adopted by a very successful geisha Mameha (Michelle Yeoh) to be trained and become a maiko.

      More hardships and men came into her life, especially when she became known as the geisha Sayuri.

      But until the end, it was The Chairman (Ken Watanabe) that her heart has reserved the most.

      The movie is co-produced by master storyteller Steven ...


      • Memoirs of a Geisha
      Spielberg and directed by Rob Marshall of Chicago fame.

      No wonder the production is very vast and rich in cultural and dramatic aspects.

      Though the storyline can be considered as common by some others, it made up for its dramatic plot and setting that made the movie well-renowned.

      I personally felt

      that for a time, I was transported to 1930’s Japan.

      I could also consider the movie educational, with the many aspect of Japan’s geisha culture being shown in the movie.

      But best of all, I felt Chiyo/Sayuri’s struggle to geisha success with its heavily believable portrayal by Zhang Ziyi and the other characters, especially Hatsumomo and Mameha.




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