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Memoirs of a geisha

Author: Rob MarshallRobin SwicordLucy FisherDouglas WickSteven SpielbergAll authors
Publisher: [Culver City, California] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2006] ©2006
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English : 2-disc widescreen special editionView all editions and formats
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In 1929, a poor fisherman sells his 9-year-old daughter to a geisha house in Kyoto. Chiyo will be an unpaid servant until it is determined if she is beautiful enough for apprenticeship, and the house's clientèle. Run by Mother, the ruling geisha is Hatsumomo, and little Pumpkin her only friend. Trained under strict discipline for a lifetime of entertaining and flattering wealthy men, Sayuri grows up lovely,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical films
Romance films
Film adaptations
Feature films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Drama
Fiction
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Rob Marshall; Robin Swicord; Lucy Fisher; Douglas Wick; Steven Spielberg; John Williams; Ziyi Zhang; Ken Watanabe; Michelle Yeoh; Suzuka Ohgo; Kōji Yakusho; Youki Kudoh; Kaori Momoi; Tsai Chin; Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa; Li Gong; Yo-Yo Ma; Arthur Golden; Columbia Pictures,; Dreamworks Pictures,; Spyglass Entertainment (Firm),; Amblin Entertainment (Firm),; Red Wagon Entertainment (Firm),; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm),
ISBN: 1404983082 9781404983083
OCLC Number: 63161554
Language Note: In English or French with optional subtitles in English or French; closed-captioned in English.
Notes: Based on the book by Arthur Golden.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2005.
Special features: Disc 1: Commentary with Rob Marshall and John DeLuca [audio only]; Commentary with Colleen Atwood (costumes), John Myhre (production designer) and Pietro Scalia (editor) [audio only]; Previews (8 min.); Disc 2: Featurettes Sayuri's Journey (15 min.); The Road to Japan (6 min.); Geisha Boot Camp (12 min.); Building the Hanamachi (13 min.); The Look of a Geisha (16 min.); The Music of "Memoirs" (10 min.); A Geisha's Dance (8 min.); The Way of the Sumo (6 min.); Rob Marshall, Director (10 min.); A Day with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa (10 min.); Chef Nobu's recipes [text feature]; Behind the scenes photo gallery; Costume illustrations photo gallery.
Credits: Director of photography, Dion Beebe ; production designer, John Myhre ; editor, Pietro Scalia ; costume designer, Colleen Atwood ; music by John Williams ; cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma ; violin solos by Itzhak Perlman.
Cast: Ziyi Zhang (Sayuri), Ken Watanabe (Chairman), Michelle Yeoh (Mameha), Koji Yakusho (Nobu), Youki Kudoh (Pumpkin), Kaori Momoi (Mother), Tsai Chin (Auntie), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (The Baron), Suzuka Ohgo (Chiyo), Gong Li (Hatsumomo).
Awards: Academy Awards, 2006 Best Achievement in Art Direction-John Myhre (art director), Gretchen Rau (set decorator); Best Achievement in Cinematography-Dion Beebe; Best Achievement in Costume Design-Colleen Atwood; Golden Globes, 2006 Best original score-Motion Picture, John Williams.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Rated PG-13; for mature subject matter and some sexual content.
Description: 2 videodiscs (145 min.) : sound, color 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 1; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; widescreen presentation aspect ratio 2.40:1.
Contents: Start --
Hanamachi --
Hatsumomo --
"You are to become geisha." --
Oath --
Search for her sister --
Over the rooftops --
Loss & purpose --
Fifteen --
Most unexpected visitor --
Moving work of art --
One look --
Sayuri --
Sumo --
Eel and the cave --
Every man's fantasy --
Cherry blossoms --
Baron's kimono --
15,000 yen --
Hatsumomo's end --
War years --
Back to the hanamachi --
Entertaining Americans --
Hot springs --
Pumpkin's surprise --
Heart dies --
Forgiveness --
Memoirs of another kind.
Other Titles: Memoirs of a geisha (Motion picture)
Responsibility: Columbia Pictures, Dreamworks Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment present ; an Amblin Entertainment/Red Wagon Entertainment production ; directed by Rob Marshall ; screenplay by Robin Swicord ; produced by Lucy Fisher & Douglas Wick, Steven Spielberg ; a Rob Marshall film.

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In 1929, a poor fisherman sells his 9-year-old daughter to a geisha house in Kyoto. Chiyo will be an unpaid servant until it is determined if she is beautiful enough for apprenticeship, and the house's clientèle. Run by Mother, the ruling geisha is Hatsumomo, and little Pumpkin her only friend. Trained under strict discipline for a lifetime of entertaining and flattering wealthy men, Sayuri grows up lovely, accomplished, and the target of jealous rivals. Love is no part of this cloistered world, although geisha lore hints that even if they fall in love with clients--the operative word is client, and that love is never free.

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