Memoirs of A Geisha

Memoirs of A Geisha

DVD - 2006
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In 1929, an impoverished nine-year-old named Chiyo is sold to a geisha house in Kyoto's Gion district and subjected to cruel treatment from the owners and the head geisha Hatsumomo. Her stunning beauty attracts the vindictive jealousy in Hatsumomo and she is rescued by Hatsumomo's bitter rival, Mameha. Under Mameha's mentorship, Chiyo becomes the geisha named Sayuri, trained in all the artistic and social skills a geisha must master in order to survive in her society. As a renowned geisha, she enters a society of wealth, privilege, and political intrigue.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2006, ©2005
Edition: Second-disc special edition version
ISBN: 9781404983083
1404983082
9781424807826
1424807824
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Me
Description: 2 videodiscs (approximately 145 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: PG-13; for mature subject matter and some sexual content

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LoriVirginia
Mar 07, 2019

Fascinating, but also disturbing, film. Acting is good. Beautiful costumes.

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SEELOCHAN BEHARRY
Feb 17, 2019

Saw the DvD on the display desk an decided to try it.
Was pleasantly surprised with this movie. I enjoyed it.
Since I know so little about Japanese history and society, I found it provides insight about the people and their culture. The story is set against the background of WW11 - before, during and after.
The story tells us that sometimes decency and character do triumph despite the obstacles and others who are working against one.
Highly recommended.
Seelochan Beharry

The comments of AkiraKato - see below are right on the money

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gogo12127
Jul 10, 2018

In the 1920s, 9-year-old Chiyo 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, a geisha of incredible beauty and influence. Life is good for Sayuri, but World War II is about to disrupt the peace

(Description from library catalog.)

Screenplay by Robin Swicord.

Produced by Lucy Fisher, Douglas Witt, and Steven Spielberg.

Memoirs of a Geisha was awarded several 2006 Academy Awards, including John Williams for Best Original Score.

This was very good. Unfortunately, the subtitles didn't work, no matter how many times I clicked to bring them up, nor could I access the special features, again no matter how many times I clicked to bring them up. Also, about ninety minutes into the film, my copy froze. I had to forward it about five minutes. I don't think I lost anything in the flow of the narrative, but its still was irritating, that and my not being able to bring up the subtitles.

(Also the library catalog described this as a two DVD set, but my copy had only one DVD.)

Given the problems I noted above, I had to downgrade my rating from five stars to four stars.

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ausnos
Jun 30, 2018

I love every minute of this movie from the music (which is super good), the characters and the story. I highly recommend it!

PaoloUWS Sep 24, 2015

Problem playing the DVDs :-(

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lvmuyot
Feb 06, 2015

Watched the movie 4x - looking forward to the 5th! I like the story a lot. Geisha or not - Strength and perseverance, steadily focused on one's goals and dreams despite all the sufferings, and struggles to find fulfillment, and the heart to find a home towards the end - that is gratifying!

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caroline789
Dec 16, 2014

dropped back in the drop box late last night dec 15

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iwontletyougoaway
Mar 08, 2014

The movie is nice. However I think the book is much better.

K_ROK Oct 13, 2013

I felt that the movie was no where near as good as the book. The film leaves out some key moments that are in the book and I found the movie to be a bit rushed. It was still good so if you loved this movie then you will really love the book.

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rslade
Aug 10, 2013

Somewhat depressing as a reminder that woman are put down in every culture. Weak as a romance. Not really clear about the cultural aspects and reasons.

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Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Sayuri Nitta: [anguish] I want a life that is mine!

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Auntie: [with Chiyo, folding kimono's] Only reason Mother tolerates Hatsumomo is because she brings in good money. Never forget, it is Hatsumomo who pays for your supper, the clothes on your back. By the time she was twenty, she had already earned back her purchase price. Unheard of! She has been the talk of the hanamachi ever since.

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Mother: [to Chiyo, dressed as a geisha] Hurry up! You're not making money standing there gawking at yourself.

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Mameha: [while teaching Sayuri] You cannot call yourself a truse geisha until you can stop a man in his tracks with a single look.

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

“Mameha: [in voiceover] Remember, Chiyo, geisha are not courtesans. And we are not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word "geisha" means artist and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art.”

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Sayuri Nitta: She paints her face to hide her face. Her eyes are deep water. It is not for Geisha to want. It is not for geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances, she sings. She entertains you, whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret.”

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Hatsumomo: [suggesting that Mameha used immoral methods to gain Sayuri the lead role in the dances] What did Mameha do, speak with the Director in *private*?

Sayuri Nitta: Not *all* geisha use that kind of currency.

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Sayuri Narration: A story like mine should never be told. For my world is as forbidden as it is fragile. Without its mysteries it cannot survive. I certainly wasn't born to the life of a geisha. Like so much in my strange life, I was carried there by the current.

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Mameha: [in voiceover] Remember, Chiyo, geisha are not courtesans. And we are not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word "geisha" means artist and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art.

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

Auntie: Geisha needs an elegant wardrobe, just like an artists needs ink. If she is not properly dressed, than she is not a true geisha.

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iwontletyougoaway
Mar 08, 2014

iwontletyougoaway thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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jpchong
May 04, 2013

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

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Jun 10, 2010

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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hur74Vety
Jun 10, 2010

Sexual Content: Some brief scenes and implied content

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ladytigressa
Jun 11, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

Nitta Sayuri reveals how she transcended her fishing-village roots and became one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

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