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Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha

Ziyi Zhang
Director: Rob Marshall Cast: Ziyi Zhang
Ziyi Zhang
, Ken Watanabe
Ken Watanabe
, Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh
Rob Marshall

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Overview

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.


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Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2007
UPC: 0043396211278
Original Release: 2005
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:25:00
Sales rank: 17,029

Special Features

Commentary with Rob Marshall and John Deluca; Commentary with Colleen Atwood, John Myhere and Pietro Scalia; Sayuri's Journey: From the Novel to the Screen; The Road to Japan; Geisha Bootcamp; Building the Hanamachi; The Look of 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; Costume Illustrations photo gallery; Content Index: instant navigation to disc contents!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ziyi Zhang Sayuri
Ken Watanabe The Chairman
Michelle Yeoh Mameha
Koji Yakusho Nobu
Youki Kudoh Pumpkin
Kaori Momoi Mother
Kaori Momoi Mother
Tsai Chin Auntie
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa The Baron
Suzuka Ohgo Chiyo
Gong Li Hatsumomo
Randall Duk Kim Dr. Crab
Mako Sakamoto
Kenneth Tsang The General
Thomas Ikeda Mr. Bekku
Zoe Weizenbaum Young Pumpkin
Shizuko Hoshi Sayuri Narrator

Technical Credits
Rob Marshall Director
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Dion Beebe Cinematographer
Roger Birnbaum Executive Producer
Bobby Cohen Executive Producer
Liza Dalby Consultant/advisor
John DeLuca Choreography,Co-producer
Jann K. Engel Set Decoration/Design
Robert Fechtman Set Decoration/Design
Lucy Fisher Producer
Lois G. Hoyos Set Decoration/Design
Luis Fernando Hoyos Set Decoration/Design
Francine Maisler Casting
John Myhre Production Designer
Eric N. Neffron Asst. Director
John Patrick Prichett Sound/Sound Designer
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Romig Set Decoration/Design
Pietro Scalia Editor
Maya Shimoguchi Set Decoration/Design
Steven Spielberg Producer
Patrick M. Sullivan Art Director
Robin Swicord Screenwriter
Noriko Watanabe Makeup
Patricia Whitcher Executive Producer
Doug Wick Producer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

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