Memoirs of a Geisha

Oscar Winner

Genre:  Drama, Romance
Running Time:  144 min.
Release Date: December 9, 2005 (limited)
DVD: March 28, 2006

Current rating: Rating: 4.21
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Cast: Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Kôji Yakusho, Youki Kudoh, Gong Li, Suzuka Ohgo


Set in a mysterious and exotic world which still casts a potent spell today, the story begins in the years before World War II, when a Japanese child is torn from her penniless family to work as a servant in a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri (Ziyi Zhang). Beautiful and accomplished, Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the one man (Ken Watanabe) who is out of her reach.

Based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Arthur Golden.

Director: Rob Marshall
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Steven Spielberg, Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher
Screenplay: Robin Swicord

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  • 5 stars "I like the plot of the movie....The lead role is very pretty and talented when it comes to acting...."