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Title:
Memoirs of a geisha
Edition:
2-disc widescreen special ed.
Publication Information:
Culver City, CA : Columbia Pictures Industries : Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2006.
ISBN:
9781404983083
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (145 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details:
DVD; Region 1; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; widescreen presentation aspect ratio 2.40:1.
Target Audience:
MPAA rating: PG-13; for mature subject matter and some sexual content.
Language:
English
Language Note:
In English or French with optional subtitles in English or French; closed-captioned in English.
General Note:
Based on the book by Arthur Golden.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 2005.

Special features: Disc 1: Commentary with Rob Marshall and John DeLuca [audio only]; Commentary with Colleen Atwood (costumes), John Myhre (production designer) and Pietro Scalia (editor) [audio only]; Previews (8 min.); Disc 2: Featurettes Sayuri's Journey (15 min.); The Road to Japan (6 min.); Geisha Boot Camp (12 min.); Building the Hanamachi (13 min.); The Look of a Geisha (16 min.); The Music of "Memoirs" (10 min.); A Geisha's Dance (8 min.); The Way of the Sumo (6 min.); Rob Marshall, Director (10 min.); A Day with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa (10 min.); Chef Nobu's recipes [text feature]; Behind the scenes photo gallery; Costume illustrations photo gallery.
Awards:
Academy Awards, 2006 Best Achievement in Art Direction-John Myhre (art director), Gretchen Rau (set decorator); Best Achievement in Cinematography-Dion Beebe; Best Achievement in Costume Design-Colleen Atwood; Golden Globes, 2006 Best original score-Motion Picture, John Williams.
Contents:
Start -- Hanamachi -- Hatsumomo -- "You are to become geisha." -- Oath -- Search for her sister -- Over the rooftops -- Loss & purpose -- Fifteen -- Most unexpected visitor -- Moving work of art -- One look -- Sayuri -- Sumo -- Eel and the cave -- Every man's fantasy -- Cherry blossoms -- Baron's kimono -- 15,000 yen -- Hatsumomo's end -- War years -- Back to the hanamachi -- Entertaining Americans -- Hot springs -- Pumpkin's surprise -- Heart dies -- Forgiveness -- Memoirs of another kind.
Abstract:
In 1929, a poor fisherman sells his 9-year-old daughter to a geisha house in Kyoto. Chiyo will be an unpaid servant until it is determined if she is beautiful enough for apprenticeship, and the house's clientele. Run by Mother, the ruling geisha is Hatsumomo, and little Pumpkin her only friend. Trained under strict discipline for a lifetime of entertaining and flattering wealthy men, Sayuri grows up lovely, accomplished, and the target of jealous rivals. Love is no part of this cloistered world, although geisha lore hints that even if they fall in love with clients--the operative word is client, and that love is never free.
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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