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Aro Recommended Memoirs Of A Geisha


USA 2005, 145 minutes
Dir. Rob Marshall
In English, Japanese
Genres: Drama

Topics: Biopic, Period 1930s, Period 1940s.


Aroview: The ravishing Zhang Ziyi takes the lead in this exotically pleasing, if contentious adaptation of Arthur Golden's 'insider' novel, as a young woman inducted into the closed world of a Japanese geisha household in the years before WW2.

Although controversial for its pan-Asian casting and stumbling accents, dir. Marshall (CHICAGO) inscribes the essential lines of Zhang's difficult upbringing, maturing confidence and yearnings for romance with a sure hand for its 'Cinderella story' dynamics. Visually opulent - the film is almost a study in silk and brocade - and infused with a certain Hollywood razzle, this should prove a satisfying glimpse into a lost world for most viewers.

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DVD Features

  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • extra stuff
  • 2-disc set

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