Sunday, January 01, 2006

Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha reminds you of just that at the end of the film. It is not the memoirs of a princess or a queen, but a Geisha. Though a little slow in the beginning, this is the story of a girl in pre-war Japan, whose parents die, and she is sold to a Geisha house. She grows up there, and is ultimately trained to be a Geisha. The dynamic of the business has drama and politics. We learn of the culture and traditions, but in the end, the true themes are honor, loyalty, patience and love. Rob Marshall uses light, wind and water to it's full visual advantage. A strong holiday film.

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