• Publication date: June 4, 2013

Memoirs of a Geisha

Chiyo Sakamoto, a poor Japanese girl without many options in life, is sold by her parents at a young age into a life of servitude. Though Chiyo is accepted by the owner of a geisha house, a kind Chairman notices the girls’ tears on the street. He offers her money in his handkerchief, thus Chiyo resolves on becoming a Geisha, that one day she may become a part of this kind man’s life…

Program data

Duration: 150

Production Year: 2005

MBC 2:

November 13, 2016 18:30 (KSA) ~ November 13, 2016 17:30 (CLT)

Young Chiyo Sakamoto (Suzuka Ohgo), a poor Japanese girl without many options in life, along with her sister, is sold by her parents at a young age into a life of servitude. While Chiyo is accepted by ‘Mother’(Kaori Momoi), the proprietress of a geisha house, her sister is sent away to the ‘pleasure district’. Yet a kind Chairman (Ken Watanabe) with his Geisha companions, notices the girls’ tears on the street. Offering her money in his handkerchief, his act of kindness inspires Chiyo to resolve on becoming a Geisha, that one day she may become a part of this kind man’s life.

Years later, Mameha (Michelle Yeoh), one of Kyoto’s most revered Geisha, takes Chiyo (Zhang Ziyi) in, and under her tutelage becomes a maiko and takes the name Sayuri. This brings her closer to the Chairman, yet a rival appears in the form of Hatsumomo (Gong Li), a jealous Geisha…

Starring:

  • Ziyi Zhang
  • Ken Watanabe
  • Michelle Yeoh
  • Koji Yakusho
  • Youki Kudoh
  • Kaori Momoi
  • Gong Li
  • Suzuka Ohgo

Directed by:  Rob Marshall

Rating:  PG-13 for mature subject matter and some sexual content.