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
Kyoto (Japan) -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Culver City, CA :2007
|Other Titles|| Memoirs of a geisha.
Fisher, Lucy, producer.
Wick, Douglas, producer.
Spielberg, Steven, 1946- producer.
Marshall, Rob, director.
Zhang, Ziyi, 1979- actor.
Watanabe, Ken, 1959- actor.
Yeoh, Michelle, 1963- actor.
Yakusho, Kōji, actor.
Kudoh, Youki, 1971- actor.
Momoi, Kaori, actor.
Gong, Li, 1965- actor.
Williams, John, 1932- composer.
Golden, Arthur, 1957- Memoirs of a geisha.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm), publisher.
Columbia Pictures, production company.
Dreamworks Pictures, production company.
Spyglass Entertainment (Firm), production company.
Amblin Entertainment (Firm), production company.
Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Koji Yakusho, Youki Kudoh, Kaori Momoi, Gong Li.
Director of photography, Dion Beebe ; editor, Pietro Scalia ; music, John Williams ; costume designer, Colleen Atwood.
Based on the book by Arthur Golden.
MPAA rated: PG-13; for mature subject matter and some sexual content.
CHV rating: PG; not recoommended for young children, sexual content.
English (main and special features), French, Thai dialogue with optional English, Korean (main and special features), Chinese (main and special features), French, Portuguese, Spanish (main and special features), Thai (main and special features) subtitles; Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Title from disc surface.
Blu-ray Disc release of the 2005 film.
Special features: commentary with Rob Marshall and John Deluca ; commentary with Colleen Atwood, John Myhre and Pietro Scalia ; Sayuri's journey: from the novel to the screen ; The road to Japan ; Geisha bootcamp ; Building the Hanamachi ; The look of a 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 ; Costum illustrations photo gallery.
Blu-ray, all regions ; PCM 5.1 uncompressed (English) and 5.1 (English, French, Thai), stereo (English special features) ; widescreen 2.40:1, 1080p high definition (main feature), standard definition (special features).
1 videodisc (approximately 145 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.