Midway through this lush adaptation of Arthur Golden's bestseller, kindly veteran geisha Mameha played by Michelle Yeoh defines her profession as "a moving work of art". And that's what director Rob Marshall - previously responsible for Chicago - has striven with every sinew to create himself: his film is replete with stately compositions, shimmering landscapes, and carefully coordinated colour schemes. Marshall also brings some of his skills as a choreographer - arguably the film's most successful scene is one where apprentice geisha Sayuri Zhang Ziyi must seal her ascension to the sisterhood with a public dance, a scene that Marshall infuses with unexpected emotion and beauty. Much ink has been spilled over this long-gestating project - once destined for Steven Spielberg, until he backed away.
Memoirs of a Geisha is a American epic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Golden ,  produced by Steven Spielberg through production companies Amblin Entertainment and Spyglass Entertainment and Douglas Wick through Red Wagon Entertainment. Directed by Rob Marshall ,  the film was released in the United States on December 9, by Columbia Pictures and Dreamworks Pictures , with the latter receiving studio credit only. The film tells the story of a young Japanese girl, Chiyo Sakamoto, who is sold by her impoverished family to a geisha house okiya in order to support them by training as and eventually becoming a geisha. Despite facing difficulties from both the only geisha living at the okiya - the successful but cruel Hatsumomo - Chiyo eventually graduates to become a geisha, taking on the name "Sayuri" and becoming one of the most celebrated geisha of her time. The film centres around the sacrifices and hardship faced by pre-WW2 geisha, and the challenges posed by the war and a modernizing world to geisha society.
I suspect that the more you know about Japan and movies, the less you will enjoy "Memoirs of a Geisha. The heroines here look so very beautiful and their world is so visually enchanting as they live trapped in sexual slavery. I know, a geisha is not technically a prostitute. Here is a useful rule: Anyone who is "not technically a prostitute" is a prostitute.
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