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Book Review: 'Memoirs of a Geisha'

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Memoirs of a Geisha

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
144 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/09/05
Wide Release Date:
12/23/05
performer:
Ken Watanabe, Ziyi Zhang, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh
director:
Rob Marshall
Producer:
Steven Spielberg
distributor:
Sony Pictures Entertainment
author:
63199
genre:
Romance

We gave it a B+

Lady Murasaki, classic novelist of courtly love, haunts this deft, fast-paced tale set in the closed world of Kyoto geishas two generations ago. So does Judith Krantz. A fisherman’s daughter transforms herself into the confident consort of powerful men, but she soon finds herself feuding with a scheming competitor. The arcane lore fascinates: What does a geisha wear beneath her kimono? Who may remove it and what will it cost him? Golden, a Japanese scholar, offsets the detail with high-toned prose. Our geisha thinks in haiku-like images: ”I felt as the waves of the ocean must feel when clouds have blocked the warmth of the sun.” An artful study of a dying art. B+

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