Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha

Of a Geisha

  Even before the premiere of the film adaptation of the novel Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, who had been held for two years in the New York Times bestseller list, indicated that the work of Rob Marshall (Chicago) provide at least for a little scandal would. For it seems strange and plenty of foolish, if in a film, which addresses a special Japanese issue, almost all the female roles filled by Chinese. This caused both in Japan and in China for big trouble, as is still the relationship between Japan and China, whether the horrors of the occupation in the 30s and 40s tense. So it is hardly surprising, though, nothing to justify, if the actresses were accused by their countrymen as “Landesverräterinnen” and “whores” and on the other hand, many Japanese believed deliberately misunderstood. Since the mention of little help that the history of Hollywood is full of (very successful) mismatches in which one took it at the casting for exotic rolls not too accurate – Omar Sharif, Peter Lorre, Anthony Quinn and Christopher Lee here are a few examples . Especially since you expect from a director like Rob Marshall can hardly turning a work that strives to promote cultural and historical accuracy – because of these qualities, lacks its own archetypal American Plant Chicago. To that extent, the geisha is far from enlightening flow of the excellent novel by Arthur Golden and more like a fairy tale or a voluptuous, nostalgic dream – perfectly staged, cheesy, and with an excess of emotion, so natural act like sushi in the Chinese restaurant.

A village along the Japanese coast in the late twenties: The family of the young Chiyo (as a child: Suzuka Ohgo) is so poor that their parents are forced to two of the children as domestic help to a geisha house in Kyoto – selling a so-called okiya – to. Chiyo is only in the eyes of the stern head of the house of mercy and inclusion, they recognize the potential of the little girl with blue eyes and she wants to train for the geisha. But Chiyo suffers from homesickness and the small peaks of Hatsumomo (Gong Li) who will soon feel that the girl will make her a serious competitor. Only when Chiyo encountered while trying to escape a wealthy businessman (Ken Watanabe), who is accompanied by two stunning geisha, she takes courage and now is eager to fulfill its intended role. With a lot of discipline and the energetic support of the geisha Mameha (Michelle Yeoh), she finally has a coveted promotion to the society lady Sayuri (Ziyi Zhang). But the mysterious stranger who once bought her an ice cream, she can not forget.

Rob Marshall saves either in colorful costumes, nor of intoxicating images to capture the exotic world of the geisha on film. Its diverse strategies of the overwhelming success also be done if you do not expect a lot of depth, or even historical accuracy. And so it remains in the end remains a fairly entertaining film, which is somewhere between a Far Eastern Cinderella adaptation and a dolled-Musical, dealing with the real life of a geisha, but precious little to have – a fairy tale movie, nothing more.

Title: of a Geisha Original Title: Memoirs of a Geisha Country of production: USA Year of production: 2005 Length: (# ) 144 (min) of material: Warner Bros.

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