• Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

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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: Drama, Romance

Production Co: Columbia Pictures, Dreamworks Pictures

Distributors: Sony Pictures Entertainment, DreamWorks SKG

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  • A lush, lovely snooze-fest. show more

  • 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

  • Oh, what awful voices -- clumsy words as well as cheesy accents -- come out of the actors' mouths! Though I wanted to appreciate the human story, and the lavish spectacle, I couldn't get past the clangorous echoes of Charlie Chan.

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