Memoirs of a Geisha

Year:2005

Section:Movies

Language: English

Average Rating:       (out of 4 ratings)


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Memoirs of a Geisha

Reviewed by: Euphoria July 22, 2006

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Cast Sayuri - Zhang Ziyi Chairman - Ken Watanabe Hatsumomo - Gong Li Mameha - Michelle Yeoh Pumpkin - Youki Kudoh Nobu - Koji Yakusho Storyline Chiyo and her sister Satsu were separated from her parents when she was a young girl, and sold to a geisha district in Kyoto Gion. The mother of the geisha house, is also known as mother to all of them. In the geisha house she gets introduced to the infamous Hatsumomo who works as the head geisha of...

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Memoirs of a Geisha

Reviewed by: Quinn June 29, 2006

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

MOVIE AS A WHOLE This movie definitely caught my eye and got me interested. I was counting down the days until it hit the theatres. I was a little disappointed. I left not really sure of what I was thinking. I did mind the bad English, but there wasn't much dialogue anyways. Which I might add, was pretty decent the movie was able to go on without much talking. The casts' face was communication enough. I support most of casts' talent....

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Memoirs of a Geisha

Reviewed by: Joie June 11, 2006

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

SYNOPSIS The story begins with a young girl named Chiyo, the daughter of a fisherman. When her mother, and then her father, pass away, Chiyo (Suzuka Ohgo) and her sister, Satsu, are brought away by a strange man named Mr. Tanaka. Chiyo is shocked to find herself separated from her sister, Satsu, and abandoned in an okiya. The owner of the okiya, Mrs. Nitta (also known as Mother), did not find Satsu attractive enough, but...

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Memoirs of a Geisha

Reviewed by: OwarinaiYume March 06, 2006

Rating: 2.0 out of 5

Cast Chiyo/Sayuri - ZiYi Zhang The Chairman - Ken Watanabe Nobu - Koji Yakusho Mameha - Michelle Yeoh Hatsumomo - Gong Li Pumpkin - Youki Kudoh Young Chiyo - Suzuka Ohgo Young Pumpkin - Zoe Weizenbaum Satsu - Samantha Futerman Synopsis Chiyo (Suzuka Ohgo) was separated from her parents when her father sold her and her sister, Satsu (Samantha Futerman), to a Geisha house in Kyoto's Gion district. The woman who ran the Geisha house (Kaori Momoi), whom the Geisha call 'mother', took Chiyo in,...

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koua yang

03-14-2007 12:21 AM

     

i thought that it was pretty okay. i rilly didn't enjoy it that much but hey that's just me!


Trangbabii

01-05-2007 12:00 AM

     

i agree its Pretty Much unentertaining. i;ve just read half of the book, and quit. nd i didn't know the meaning of "geisha" till i read this list of comments..


CatchyPhrase

12-23-2006 12:00 AM

     

Before reading this review, I actually had a really high opinion of this movie, but everything stated here actually rings true.
Although Zhang Ziyi is breathtaking as Sayuri, this is obviously not her best work. I've always found her to be wooden at times because she's trying so hard to preserve her beautiful "serene face." She needs to open up and be more daring in her acting.
Michelle Yeoh was fantastic. She was my favorite person in the entire movie. She really gave that role her best and she was never boring to watch, like Ziyi sometimes was.
Plotwise, things were too draggy,and not as witty/entertaining as the book was, since Sayuri in the novel was clever and fresh, something Ziyi didn't do as good a job showing. I do think that she tried her best, but perhaps she didn't understand the script enough. Don't think she had the capacity to be leading actress in the MOG movie, her beauty and personality was just too quiet to be believable as Sayuri, although as any supporting actress she would have been amazing. Ken Watanabe was a joy. Pure Joy. I felt that the younger Chiyo, forgive me for not knowing her name, did one of the greatest jobs. She was so so cute, and her acting was superb.


OwarinaiYume

10-27-2006 12:00 AM

     

Oh, really? I don't really know much about the Japanese culture. That's what confused me throughout the movie..


bubletwuble

08-30-2006 12:00 AM

     

Westerners may perceive geishas as prostitutes but they're not. True they may have sexual relationships with men they entertain to advance their lifestyle and wealth, but this is due to personal decisions and not a part of being a geisha. It's like a business woman having sexual relations with those in her field. This doesn't make her a prostitute. What she does in her own time is her business.

In regards to the film, I found it to be a disappointment. I didnt find the book much better, but it was because I have actually read it prior to watching that I understood what was going on in the movie. There were minimal communication between the characters, and even though the costumes and choreography were wonderful, I didnt find the film to be entertaining. If you haven't read the book, I wouldn't recommend watching it. However, if you have and enjoyed it, then give it a go.


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