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Memoirs of a Geisha (The Movie)

Posted by redkoireviews on 08/08/2006

Memior of a gesiha 2I watched this film on DVD over the weekend, and wished I’d seen it on the big screen. The film is loosely based on a book by the same name. It follows the life of Chiyo, a nine year old girl from a fishing village, sold into a Geisha house.

Her childhood is scared first by separation from her family and sister, then by torment from rivals and others in the Geisha house. Amongst this struggle comes a simple gesture of kindness from ‘the chairman’ – a gentleman and factory owner. Chiyo becomes fixated on this man, making it her purpose in all things to become closer to him. It gives her purpose in a world without any other guiding star.

It’s a visually beautiful movie, shot like someone creating a bonsai – there’s attention to detail that many hollywood films just can’t achieve. This beauty sits uncomfortably next to the fact that these women live have been sold into a life of prostitution, albeit a more glamorous one than in the western world.

The plot and acting supports the visual experience well, creating a wonderful film. I just wish I had seen it in it’s full glory on the big screen.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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