Memoirs of a Geisha [Blu-ray] [2005]

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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (18 out of 18)

Special Features


  • Commentary with Rob Marshall and John Deluca
  • Commentary with Colleen Atwood, John Myhere and Pietro Scalia
  • Sayuri's Journey: From the Novel to the Screen
  • The Road to Japan
  • Geisha Bootcamp
  • Building the Hanamachi
  • The Look of Geisha
  • The Music of "Memoirs"
  • A Geisha's Dance
  • The World of the Geisha
  • The Way of the Sumo
  • Director Rob Marshall's story
  • A Day With Chef Nobu Matsuhisa
  • Chef Nobu's Recipes
  • Behind the Scenes photo gallery
  • Costume Illustrations photo gallery
  • Content Index: instant navigation to disc contents!

Synopsis


Memoirs of a Geisha
This film, based on the novel by Arthur Golden, unfolds from the perspective of Chiyo (Zhang Ziyi), a girl who, at the age of nine, is sold to a geisha house in Kyoto in the early 1930s. Here, she learns that becoming a geisha can be the single path to wealth and independence for a woman. The head geisha of her house, however, Hatsumomo (Gong Li), is bitterly jealous of Chiyo and abuses her at every opportunity. Eventually Chiyo is taken under the wing of Hatsumomo's rival, Mameha (Michelle Yeoh), by far the most famous and successful geisha in their district. Under Mameha's tutelage, Chiyo becomes Sayuri, the most legendary geisha in the nation, skilled in all areas, from conversation to dance, and sought after by seemingly every man alive...except for the one whom she has secretly longed for since she began her training, The Chairman (Ken Watanabe) -- a man who showed her kindness at a time when her view of the world had turned the most bleak. Now as World War II approaches, Japan stands at the brink of a new era and Sayuri must confront the possibility that history will leave all that she has worked for behind. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Zhang Ziyi
    Zhang Ziyi - Sayuri
  • Ken Watanabe
    Ken Watanabe - The Chairman
  • Michelle Yeoh
    Michelle Yeoh - Mameha
  • Koji Yakusho
    Koji Yakusho - Nobu
  • Youki Kudoh
    Youki Kudoh - Pumpkin



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply Beautiful

    Posted
    drtb75
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    From the moment this movie opens till the very last frame I defy anyone to take their eyes off the screen even for a moment! Memoirs of a Geisha is truly an extraordinary feast for the eyes. Beautiful luscious scenery, gorgeous women, and an alluring story make for an evening of escapism that has become all to rare these days. I found myself deeply involved with this film. You will swear that you can smell the cherry blossoms right through your TV set. Get it today without hesitation!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Faithful to the Novel

    Posted
    JimG944

    Read the book (twice actually) and was impressed with the rich wonderful descriptions of the environment and characters. An introduction to the pre-WWII Japanese culture. I also have to comment that I thought the movie was faithful to the book. I specially enjoyed Ziyi Zhang's performance as Sayuri.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Well worth the cost

    Posted
    JLD0223

    The book that this movie is based on is excellent, and the film does an excellent job of capturing the spirit of the book. If you have any interest in the culture of the geisha, you will really enjoy this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Liked it

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    bennie44
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    As above interesting insight into Japanese and geisha culture but considered it an average movie and not particularly spellbinding considering all the raves it received.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great visualization of the great book

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    MovieFan
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    True to the superb book yet through outstanding film making stands on its own. Every scene is impactful to carry the story.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    favorite

    Posted
    horrorfan
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    This is one of my favorite movies ever! I love the acting, the story, the cinematography absolutely everything! I can watch it over and over :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie!

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    Arthur41
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    Highly recommend this "chick flick" ! There is pleeenty of action for the guys and the story line is authentic. It is appropriate for most viewers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cool movie...

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    drx2daz
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    Got this as a gift for my gf. She lost her copy. Cool movie. It shows the true meaning of what a Geisha really is.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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