Memoirs of A Geisha

Memoirs of A Geisha

DVD - 2006
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Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2006.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781424807826
1424807824
9781404983083
1404983082
Branch Call Number: MEM
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (145 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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PaoloUWS Sep 24, 2015

Problem playing the DVDs :-(

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lvmuyot
Feb 06, 2015

Watched the movie 4x - looking forward to the 5th! I like the story a lot. Geisha or not - Strength and perseverance, steadily focused on one's goals and dreams despite all the sufferings, and struggles to find fulfillment, and the heart to find a home towards the end - that is gratifying!

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caroline789
Dec 16, 2014

dropped back in the drop box late last night dec 15

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iwontletyougoaway
Mar 08, 2014

The movie is nice. However I think the book is much better.

K_ROK Oct 13, 2013

I felt that the movie was no where near as good as the book. The film leaves out some key moments that are in the book and I found the movie to be a bit rushed. It was still good so if you loved this movie then you will really love the book.

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rslade
Aug 10, 2013

Somewhat depressing as a reminder that woman are put down in every culture. Weak as a romance. Not really clear about the cultural aspects and reasons.

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velloxal
May 09, 2013

Fantastic movie. Luckily Geisha tradition is over.

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akirakato
Jul 26, 2012

To the eyes of a Japanese, the film seems quite authentic.
I thought at first the film was made based on a real story told by a real geisha.
When I looked into the behind-the-scenes materials, however, I've found out that the movie was made based on the book of the same title written by Arthur Golden---a non-Japanese.
What a surprise!
How could he have possibly written such an authentic novel?
Then I learned that the author was sued for breach of contract and defamation of character by Mineko Iwasaki, a retired geisha he had interviewed for background information while writing the novel.
After the author revealed her identity, Iwasaki had received criticism and even death threats for violating the traditional geisha code of silence.
After all, the author didn't realize how important the code of silence was.
It is indeed difficult for a non-Japanese to understand the Japanese traditional culture.

Nissiekins Jun 10, 2012

I read the book and absolutely loved it! I've been looking for the DVD for about a year now on netflix. Thank goodness for the NYPL!

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haploU5
Apr 09, 2012

Great depictions of mid-20th century Japan’s cultural heritage. Having listened to the audiobook first, I was a bit apprehensive as to the quality of the movie but was not disappointed; it holds mostly true to the book. Characters are fabulous, scenery is amazing and even though I knew the ending, I found myself holding my breath. Loved it!

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Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Sayuri Nitta: [anguish] I want a life that is mine!

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Auntie: [with Chiyo, folding kimono's] Only reason Mother tolerates Hatsumomo is because she brings in good money. Never forget, it is Hatsumomo who pays for your supper, the clothes on your back. By the time she was twenty, she had already earned back her purchase price. Unheard of! She has been the talk of the hanamachi ever since.

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Mother: [to Chiyo, dressed as a geisha] Hurry up! You're not making money standing there gawking at yourself.

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Mameha: [while teaching Sayuri] You cannot call yourself a truse geisha until you can stop a man in his tracks with a single look.

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

“Mameha: [in voiceover] Remember, Chiyo, geisha are not courtesans. And we are not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word "geisha" means artist and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art.”

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Sayuri Nitta: She paints her face to hide her face. Her eyes are deep water. It is not for Geisha to want. It is not for geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances, she sings. She entertains you, whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret.”

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Hatsumomo: [suggesting that Mameha used immoral methods to gain Sayuri the lead role in the dances] What did Mameha do, speak with the Director in *private*?

Sayuri Nitta: Not *all* geisha use that kind of currency.

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Sayuri Narration: A story like mine should never be told. For my world is as forbidden as it is fragile. Without its mysteries it cannot survive. I certainly wasn't born to the life of a geisha. Like so much in my strange life, I was carried there by the current.

Siloam_Fields Jun 08, 2013

Mameha: [in voiceover] Remember, Chiyo, geisha are not courtesans. And we are not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word "geisha" means artist and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art.

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

Auntie: Geisha needs an elegant wardrobe, just like an artists needs ink. If she is not properly dressed, than she is not a true geisha.

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iwontletyougoaway
Mar 08, 2014

iwontletyougoaway thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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jpchong
May 04, 2013

jpchong thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 10, 2010

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 10, 2010

Sexual Content: Some brief scenes and implied content

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ladytigressa
Jun 11, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

Nitta Sayuri reveals how she transcended her fishing-village roots and became one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

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