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In an impoverished nine-year-old named Chiyo from a fishing village is sold to a geisha house in Kyoto's Gion district and subjected to cruel treatment from the owners and the head geisha Hatsumomo.
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The stars of the Rob Marshall film talk frankly about fiery rages, bound knees, and working in America. When Michelle Yeoh thinks back to the preproduction phase of Memoirs of a Geisha , she starts laughing.
Then we walked with a little notepad [between our knees], and then with a sake bottle on [our heads]. It was arduous, Marshall knew, but fundamental. Besides, his leads could take it. He had, after all, hired Zhang as the geisha in training, Sayuri; Yeoh as her teacher, Mameha; and Gong as her devious rival, Hatsumomo.
His decision to cast Chinese actresses Yeoh, though from Malaysia, is ethnically Chinese as such quintessentially Japanese characters ruffled a few feathers here and abroad — especially given the complicated history between China and Japan. But it took a Hollywood movie to bring the three heavyweights together. Over a few days in November, EW met with the three women to discuss their careers, their lives, and how it felt to disappear under the endless layers of a kimono.
When Ziyi Zhang landed the role of Sayuri last year, all she could think about was what her mentor, director Zhang Yimou Hero , had said to her years before. I thought, Oh God! How can I do this? There was also the matter of mastering a lifetime of geisha etiquette in just six weeks.
And I really have to thank Zhang Yimou, because what he said pushed me to work extra hard. The Women of ''Memoirs of a Geisha''. Memoirs of a Geisha. By Michelle Kung. By Missy Schwartz marymissy. Close Share options. All rights reserved. Close View image. Rob Marshall. Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Cinematography Dion Beebe. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. Actress Ziyi Zhang comes to the lead role of Sayuri with a worldwide reputation. Warner Bros. His many film and television credits include the popular comedy Tampopo. Lori A.
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Winner Oscar. Best Achievement in Cinematography Dion Beebe. Nominee Oscar. Russell Rick Kline John Pritchett. Winner Golden Globe. Nominee Golden Globe. John Williams. Best Cinematography Dion Beebe.
Best Costume Design Colleen Atwood. Best Production Design John Myhre. Nominee Actor. Winner ASC Award. Winner Excellence in Production Design Award. Sullivan Jr. Winner International Award. Dion Beebe. Excellence in Filmmaking Dion Beebe Cinematography. Nominee Best Cinematography Award. Winner Critics Choice Award. Best Composer John Williams. Nominee Critics Choice Award. Winner COLA. Lori A. Nominee Artios. Best Original Score John Williams. Nominee C. Russell re-recording mixer Rick Kline re-recording mixer John Pritchett production mixer.
Winner CDG Award. Excellence in Period Film Colleen Atwood. Winner Gold Derby Award. Costume Design Colleen Atwood. Nominee Gold Derby Award. Cinematography Dion Beebe. Original Score John Williams. Nominee GoldSpirit Awards. Best Soundtrack of the last 5 years John Williams. Winner GoldSpirit Awards. Best Drama Soundtrack John Williams. She has also been seen in the American film Rush Hour 2. Her upcoming projects include Raccoon Palace, the latest film from Seijan Suzuki.
He currently stars in the film Kita No Zeronen. His many film and television credits include the popular comedy Tampopo. Gong Li, the acclaimed international star, makes her debut in a major American film as Sayuri's cunning rival. Momoi portrays the mother of the geisha household in Memoirs of a Geisha.
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Production took place in southern and northern California and in several locations in Kyoto , including the Kiyomizu temple and the Fushimi Inari shrine. The film tells the story of a young Japanese girl, Chiyo Sakamoto, who is sold by her impoverished family to a geisha house called an okiya. But with this success, Sayuri also learns the secrets and sacrifices of the geisha lifestyle.
The film was released to mixed reviews from western critics and was moderately successful at the box office. It was also nominated for and won numerous awards, including nominations for six Academy Awards , and eventually won three: Best Cinematography , Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. The acting, visuals, sets, costumes, and John Williams ' musical score were praised, but the film was criticized for casting Chinese actresses as Japanese women and for its style over substance approach.
The Japanese release of the film was titled Sayuri , the titular character's geisha name. Chiyo Sakamoto, a young girl from a poverty-stricken fishing village, is sold along with her older sister Satsu into a life of servitude by her aging father. At the okiya , Chiyo meets another young girl named Pumpkin, the cranky Granny, the gentler Auntie, and the okiya's only working geisha, Hatsumomo, who is famous for her breathtaking beauty.
Chiyo soon discovers Hatsumomo is secretly a cruel and jealous woman that views Chiyo as a potential rival due to her striking bluish-gray eyes, along with being a change in Mother's future financial dependence. Hatsumomo then goes out of her way to deliberately make Chiyo's new life miserable by having her take the blame for everything and intentionally withholding information of her sister's whereabouts in the pleasure district.
However, Auntie is aware of this and warns Chiyo against trusting and angering Hatsumomo, given her history with the ill-mannered geisha. Chiyo tracks down Satsu and makes plans to run away together. However, upon returning to the okiya she discovers Hatsumomo with her boyfriend, Koichi, which is against Mother's rules for a geisha lifestyle.
When they are caught, Hatsumomo attempts to twist the situation by accusing Chiyo of stealing. Chiyo denies this and informs Mother of what she saw in the shed. As a result, everyone is barred from leaving the okiya at night except to attend work engagements, and this further increases Hatsumomo's anger towards Chiyo. On the night of their planned escape, Chiyo attempts to sneak out but falls off the rooftop and is seriously injured.
She also informs Chiyo that both her parents are dead. Chiyo misses her chance to flee and never sees Satsu again. She is also demoted from geisha training to working as a slave to pay off her increasing debts to Mother. One day, while crying on a riverbank, Chiyo is noticed by Chairman Ken Iwamura and his geisha companions. He buys her a shaved ice dessert and gives her his handkerchief with some money in it.
Inspired by his act of kindness, Chiyo resolves to become a geisha so that she may one day become a part of the Chairman's life. Several years later, Pumpkin has begun her training as a maiko under Hatsumomo's tutelage and Chiyo is envious of it as she remains a maid under Mother. Although initially reluctant, Mother is persuaded by Mameha to allow Chiyo to train as a geisha. Under Mameha's tutelage, Chiyo becomes a maiko and takes the name of Sayuri.
She grows in popularity, and Hatsumomo grows so desperate that she tries to ruin Sayuri's reputation. Predicting this, Mameha takes her to a sumo wrestling match where Sayuri is reintroduced to the Chairman, who seems unaware of her previous identity as Chiyo, as well as his business associate Nobu Toshikazu whom Hatsumomo finds repulsive , who takes a liking to her.
Meanwhile, Mameha orchestrates a bidding war for Sayuri's mizuage between two men: Nobu and Dr. Crab, which will make her a full geisha. Upon learning what Mameha has planned, Hatsumomo spreads cruel rumors that Sayuri has already lost her virginity.
However, Sayuri is named the lead dancer for a popular performance, which angers Hatsumomo as she was hoping for Pumpkin to be named the lead. At the performance, she attracts the attention of many men, including the Baron Mameha's danna , with her performance.
When Dr. Crab congratulates Sayuri, she secretly convinces him to listen to a different opinion before taking the word of someone who lies. The Baron invites Sayuri to his estate for a sakura-viewing party, which Mameha is reluctant to let Sayuri attend but lets her go anyway. When the Baron presents a kimono to Sayuri in private at the party, he undresses her against her will in order to "take a look", but does not go any further. Sayuri's mizuage is won with a record-breaking bid of fifteen thousand yen.
Mother, seeing Sayuri as a financial asset, names her as her adopted daughter and heiress to the okiya. This crushes Pumpkin, who was hoping that she would get adopted so she could have security in her old age, and enrages Hatsumomo.
She is then told by Mother that she must give up her spacious room to Sayuri, which further outrages Hatsumomo, who tries to remind her of her previous financial contribution. Mameha later tells Sayuri that the bid had ended up a contest between Dr. Crab and the Baron, Nobu having refused to partake in the bidding because it was against his principles. Mameha let it go to Dr. Crab because of her romantic feelings for the Baron, despite his bid being even higher.
When returning home from the mizuage ceremony, Sayuri finds a drunken Hatsumomo in her room, where she has found the Chairman's handkerchief.
A fight ensues, during which a gas lantern is knocked over and ignites a fire, and the okiya is partially destroyed by the flames. Hatsumomo is then kicked out of the okiya by Mother, her belongings given to Sayuri, and she is banished from Gion with her fate left unknown.
Sayuri's successful career is cut short by the outbreak of World War II. Sayuri and Mameha are separated, with Sayuri going to the hills to work for a kimono maker, an old friend of Nobu's, and Mameha going to a physician, the Chairman's old friend.
After the war, Sayuri is reunited with Nobu, who needs her help with impressing an American Colonel named Derricks Ted Levine who has the power to approve funding for the Chairman's firm. Sayuri reunites with Mameha, who now makes a living renting humble rooms. Although she is reluctant to return to the geisha lifestyle because she has come to terms with her new existence, she agrees to help impress Derricks.
Sayuri is reacquainted with Pumpkin, who is now a flirty escort. At Amami, the Colonel propositions Sayuri, under the impression that geisha are expensive prostitutes, but she rejects him.
Nobu witnesses the incident and confronts Sayuri. He finally confesses his feelings, telling her that he wants to become her danna. Knowing that entering into a relationship with Nobu will destroy any chance of her being with the Chairman, Sayuri is distraught and devises a plan. Mameha catches on to it and warns her against it because of the kindness Nobu has shown her.
She wants Sayuri to accept him as her danna and not end up like she Mameha did. She refuses and enlists Pumpkin's help to have Nobu catch her seemingly being intimate with the Colonel. However, because of her secret resentment of Sayuri, Pumpkin brings the Chairman instead, having full knowledge of Sayuri's feelings towards him. When Sayuri confronts her, Pumpkin coldly tells her that it was retribution for stealing her chances of being adopted by Mother.
She hoped that by having the Chairman see her with Derricks, he would be disgusted by Sayuri's behavior and disown her.
A few days later, after returning to Gion , Sayuri receives a call to go to the teahouse. Sayuri expects to see Nobu, but instead the Chairman comes and finally reveals to her that he has known all along that she was the girl at the riverbank.
He tells her that he had told Nobu about the affair after confronting Pumpkin for her behavior, effectively destroying Nobu's affections for Sayuri and his desire to be her danna. He also reveals that he was responsible for sending Mameha to her so that she could fulfill her dreams of becoming a geisha.
Sayuri finally reveals her love to the Chairman, and the film ends with their loving embrace and kiss, and a stroll through the garden. In the meantime, Spielberg's DreamWorks partner David Geffen had tried to persuade him not to take on the project, feeling it was "not good enough for him". Wick and Fisher approached Rob Marshall , who was interested in doing a non-musical after Annie and Chicago.
This brought a third company into Memoirs of a Geisha , as Marshall was still signed to release his next film through Chicago distributors Miramax. The three leading non-Japanese actresses, including Ziyi Zhang , Gong Li , and Michelle Yeoh , were put through "geisha boot camp" before production commenced, during which they were trained in traditional geisha practices of musicianship , dance , and tea ceremony.
Production of the film took place from September 29, to January 31, The majority of the film was shot on a large set built on a ranch in Thousand Oaks , California  which was a detailed recreation of an early twentieth-century geisha district in Kyoto , Japan. Towards the end of production, some scenes were shot in Kyoto , Japan, including the Fushimi Inari Taisha the head shrine of Inari , located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. In post-production, one of the tasks of the sound editors was to improve upon the English pronunciation of the international cast.
This sometimes involved piecing together different clips of dialogue from other segments of the film to form new syllables from the film's actors, some of whom spoke partially phonetic English when they performed their roles on-set. In the Western hemisphere, the film received mixed reviews. In China and Japan, responses were sometimes very negative due to various controversies that arose from the film's casting and its relationship to history. Memoirs of a Geisha received mixed reviews from western critics.
Illinois' Daily Herald said that the "[s]trong acting, meticulously created sets, beautiful visuals, and a compelling story of a celebrity who can't have the one thing she really wants make Geisha memorable".
Golden's sense of immersion, both harrowing and [a]esthetic, in the culture of a geisha upbringing in the years that culminated in World War II". The New Statesman criticized Memoirs of a Geisha ' s plot, saying that after Hatsumomo leaves, "the plot loses what little momentum it had and breaks down into one pretty visual after another" and says that the film version "abandons the original's scholarly mien to reveal the soap opera bubbling below".
All three were already prominent actors in Chinese cinema. The film-makers defended the decision, however, and attributed "acting ability and star power" as their main priorities in casting the roles, and director Rob Marshall noted examples such as the Mexican actor Anthony Quinn being cast as a Greek man in Zorba the Greek.
Opinion in the Asian community was mixed. To some Chinese, the casting was offensive because they mistook geisha for prostitutes, and because it revived memories of wartime Japanese atrocities. In Japan, the reception was mixed. Some Japanese have expressed offense that the three main characters, Japanese geisha, were all played by Chinese actors. Others in Japan were unhappy with how the traditional role of the geisha portrayed, saying it was inaccurate and westernised.
Geisha was not meant to be a documentary. I remember seeing in the Chinese newspaper a piece that said we had only spent six weeks to learn everything and that that was not respectful toward the culture. It's like saying that if you're playing a mugger, you have to rob a certain number of people. To my mind, what this issue is all about, though, is the intense historical problems between China and Japan.
The whole subject is a land mine. Maybe one of the reasons people made such a fuss about Geisha was that they were looking for a way to vent their anger. Film critic Roger Ebert pointed out that the film was made by a Japanese-owned company, and that Gong Li and Ziyi Zhang outgross any Japanese actress even in the Japanese box office.