• Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Memoirs of a Geisha

Release Date: December 23rd, 2005

DVD Release Date: March 28th, 2006

PG-13 |2 hr 16 min

Plot Summary

In the 1920s, 9-year-old Chiyo (Suzuka Ohgo) 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 (Ziyi Zhang), a geisha of incredible beauty and influence. Life is good for Sayuri, but World War II is about to disrupt the peace.

Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Kôji Yakusho, Youki Kudoh, Gong Li, Kaori Momoi, Tsai Chin

Director: Rob Marshall

Genres: Romance , Drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures

Distributors: DreamWorks SKG, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Keywords: Growing up, 1930s, Love, 1940s, Passionate

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    The movie may be set in prewar Japan, but it's pure 1940s Hollywood. There's costume, pageantry, melodrama, the feeling of a sweeping epic without the bother of too much accuracy, equal doses of heartbreak and uplift. show more

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Here is a film about Japan made by Americans, shot mostly in the U.S. and, of course, in English. Once you accept these compromises in the name of international filmmaking, none is a real deterrent to enjoying this lush period film. show more

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Any doubts about three Chinese actresses speaking English with Japanese accents vanish in the face of their deeply felt performances and the world Marshall conjures with magical finesse. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006)
Winner Cinematography
Winner Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated Sound Mixing
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Winner Art Direction
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Winner Costume Design
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Winner Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated Sound Editing
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama