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    In 1929 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. Her stunning beauty attracts the vindictive jealousy of Hatsumomo, until she is rescued by and taken under the wing of Hatsumomo's bitter rival, Mameha. Under Mameha's mentorship, Chiyo becomes the geisha named Sayuri, trained in all the artistic and social skills a geisha must master in order to survive in her society. As a renowned geisha she enters a society of wealth, privilege, and political intrigue. As World War II looms Japan and the geisha's world are forever changed by the onslaught of history.

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    Damn! Zhang Ziyi is fucking pretty. And not to mention Michelle Yeoh, the first Malaysian to be nominated the Oscars. You made us proud girl!
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    im looking forward to this... but it has been a bit dimmed afer i saw an interview from the movie

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    Damn, I posted this book years ago in the "books that would make great movies" thread. I guess it was only a matter of time
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    this is a book that requires a film done in a particular way. i know that sounds stupidly generalised, but i hope that people who've read the book understand. it's so poetic, yet really really intense at times too, and i think that will be a difficult feeling to recreate. it needs to be directed by sofia coppola or something. actually, this would have been perfect for kurosawa to end with...
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    *fixing the spelling btw*
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    Thanks 1234
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    I cant wait to see this movie. I'm absolutely in love with Zhang ziyi as well. And Memoirs of a Geisha (the book)is practically a STAPLE among all the females i went with in freaking highschool....lol. I've read parts of it...im more excited to see the movie to be honest.
    One bone of contention tho: Why the f*ck does Zhang ziyis character have BLUE EYES?
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    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.
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    Anyone seen this yet ? It looks amazing.
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    I hear bad things.
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    I dont.
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    I have a 1024/786 version of the first picture in the thread as my desktop picture. Beautiful.
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    i read the books and quite liked it, and can't wait for this film.
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    In the book, the lead character actually has grey eyes. They did play a pretty big role in the story as the geisha were superstitious and Chiyo's eye color had an impact on her personality. Kinda hard to explain if you haven't read the book.
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    Can't wait to see this! LOVED the book.
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    Chibi u are right I just got a bit worked up because of margaret cho lol but yes I do see how integral it is to the story.
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    Here's Manohla Dargis' review of the movie.

    http://movies2.nytimes.com/2005/12/0...es/09geis.html

    By the way, 2046 is great.
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    i love her


    [mod note: pic is too big!!! please scale down and re-post. thanks.]
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    Quote Originally Posted by posner
    Here's Manohla Dargis' review of the movie.

    http://movies2.nytimes.com/2005/12/0...es/09geis.html

    By the way, 2046 is great.

    Ouh! I'm glad to hear some feedback about 2046... I want to see it so badly.
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    Personally, I think Michelle cannot act but I am proud of her as she is the first Malaysian to appear big time in Hollywood.
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    ^^lol are u kidding? i think Michelle yeoh is quite a good actress
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    ^^Noooo, I love Zhang Zi Yi more!!!!
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    Just saw this on DVD. Beautiful direction, stunning cinematography and set design but the entire thing seemed flimsy at best. (yes I've read the novel which was quite mediocre , not something that moved me in anyway) Movie was the same .... lots of eye candy but no real meat and so thus I was left strangely unsatisfied. Ultimately, the geisha aspire to be transparent, transient beings, useful only for pouring tea for their clients or laughing at their awkward jokes. They call themselves artists, but this seems as arbitrary a line as the distinction between ďdancerĒ and ďstripper.Ē Being Asian I understand how the novelty of this book/movie would seem very interesting and appealing to other people, but for me, bleah.

    PS.I did love seeing how the costumes turned out tho ...If you've read the novel there are a few pages devoted to the proper geisha attire, and the layers of kimono. Like I said, very good production values deserving of an award .
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    I got ordered this movie off of digi cable when I was so ripped, I thought it was going to be a Jet-Li style kung fu movie (my digi cable company offers abstracts on the films with about as much detail as neolithic artwork). It was just about the exact opposite, but was still a cool movie. I got a nice little dose of anthropology. At times I felt it was trying way too hard, and came across as corny, but overall it was really good. The more objective cinematic qualities were excellent, and all the characters were very realistic and well developed. I loved a lot of the scenery and other imagery.
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    damn, mcwigga still has my "special" copy of this film. It's special because the english subtitles are completely wrong. They're from some war or cop movie. It's gonna be a riot watching it completely while drunk.
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    I really wanted to like this film because I'd LOVED the book... but unfortunately I found it quite tedious in parts... visually stunning, but overwinded and drawn out. My butt hurt sitting on the seat and I noticed it, which doesn't happen with movies that completely absorb me.

    that said, it *is* a visually stunning film, and perhaps I'd give it another watch on DVD in the comfort of my couch to truly appreciate it.
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