I am just so over the European perspective of fucking everything and I want something new and real. And so I am eagerly anticipating the release of "Memoirs of Geisha." The trailer looks lush and stunning, and all the usual suspects like Gong Li and Michelle Yeoh are there, but why does Zhang Ziyi have blue eyes? Is that from the novel? I read it, and I might have liked it but it was one of those books that you read that just kind of leaves you, because it isnít a terribly profound story, nor is it a true one, not that it really matters Ė but basically, itís kind of an empty fashion show without pictures.
Still, even if it was in the book, I canít say that it looks right on film. That is weird. I donít know any Asian people with blue eyes, except for that porn star with the blond hair from Hawaii, and that old blind man from Kung Fu. Why do her eyes have to be blue? To make blue eyed people want to see the film? Why do they remain true to a novel which was not even true to begin with? It is just like that grade school experiment that separates the blue eyed people from the brown eyed people in class, and how easy it was for us to condemn the brown eyed people to death or something like that, which was supposed to teach you about racism, but actually did nothing but point out the popular kids in class.
I am still glad about the movie, even though Zhang Ziyiís eyes are much more beautiful in their normal color. I would have preferred if she had just one contact in, aíla Marilyn Manson, but you canít have everything, as we see in "Memoirs of a Geisha." I think it is grand that the actors are not entirely Japanese, and I am delighted to see them all up on the screen, speaking English and looking fine. Itís just the eyes: so politicized, the way we see ourselves, the way others see us. I wish things were different. I wish things would change. But they donít.