• Publication date: September 23, 2011

A Life Dedicated To Winning One Man Memoirs of a Geisha: An Unforgotten Act Of Kindness

The movie follows the life of Chiyo Sakamoto, a young girl abandoned by her parents and forced by circumstance to transform herself into a geisha. Traditional Japanese geishas are women who perform music, provide conversation, and dance for groups of men. They should not, however, be confused with prostitutes since no sexual acts are involved.

The movie follows the life of Chiyo Sakamoto, a young girl abandoned by her parents and forced by circumstance to transform herself into a geisha. Traditional Japanese geishas are women who perform music, provide conversation, and dance for groups of men. They should not, however, be confused with prostitutes since no sexual acts are involved.

Chiyo was born in the years preceding World War II into a struggling family; her parents were unable to support their new daughter, and subsequently sold Chiyo to the owner of a geisha house. There Chiyo serves as a pseudo-slave to Mother until she compensates for the cost of her purchase.

Life in the geisha house is not easy and, at the tender age of 9, her future seems bleak. One day sadness overwhelms Chiyo as she roams the city�s streets. A businessman referred to as The Chairman notices her, and attempts to console the crying girl by buying her some shaved ice. While with Chiyo The Chairman notices her beautiful bluish-gray eyes; this sight is implanted in his mind, and for years he never forgets their uniqueness.

The Chariman�s random act of kindness deeply touches Chiyo�s heart. Though she resided at a geisha house, she was not necessarily expected to become one herself. This changed after meeting the Chairman, and the young girl devotes her time to becoming a geisha, hoping to one day reunite with the kind man.

Soon after making her decision Chiyo is taken under the wing of Mameha, a famed geisha who renames the child Sayuri Nitta. Sayuri excels in her studies of music, dance, art, and conversation. Still, she faces fierce competition from her heartless rival, Hatsumomo. At the same time she battles with traditional teachings, which forbid a geisha from falling in love with a client � in this case The Chairman.

�Memoirs of a Geisha� performed remarkably well in theaters across the globe, earning a total of $162 million. Its soundtrack features the work of cellist Yo Yo Ma and is composed by the legendary John Williams. The picture earned 3 Oscars and a Golden Globe.

This movie is rated PG-13 for mature subject matter and some sexual content.

Year: 2006

Runtime: 145 mins

Genre: Drama/ Romance

Starring:

Ken Watanabe

Ziyi Zhang

Mako

Gong Li

Koji Yakusho

Michelle Khan

Directed by: Rob Marshall