Memoirs of a geisha

Memoirs of a geisha (Motion picture)

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  • In 1929, an impoverished nine-year-old named Chiyo is sold to a geisha house in Kyoto's Gion district and subjected to cruel treatment from the owners and the head geisha Hatsumomo. Her stunning beauty attracts the vindictive jealousy in Hatsumomo and she is rescued by Hatsumomo's bitter rival, Mameha. Under Mameha's mentorship, Chiyo becomes the geisha named Sayuri, trained in all the artistic and social skills a geisha must master in order to survive in her society. As a renowned geisha, she enters a society of wealth, privilege, and political intrigue.


  • Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
  • Based on the book by Arthur Golden.
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 2005.
  • "Special features: 11 behind the scenes featurettes including: the look of a geisha (inside the wardrobe and make-up), the music of the film, geisha bootcamp (see how the actresses became geishas), a geisha's dance and more; Director Rob Marshall and co-producer John Deluca audio commentary; Production audio commentary (costume designer, production designer, editor)"--Container.
  • DVD.
  • In English with optional language soundtrack in French; optional subtitles in English or French.


  • Special features : Disc 1: Optional audio commentary from Director Rob Marshall and Co-Producer John DeLuca -- optional audio commentary from Colleen Atwood (costumes), John Myhre (production designer) and Pietro Scalia (editor) ; Disc 2: Featurettes: Sayuri's journey: from the novel to the screen -- The road to Japan -- Geisha bootcamp -- Building the Hanamachi -- The look of a geisha -- The music of 'Memoirs' -- A geisha's dance -- The world of the geisha -- The way of the sumo -- Director Rob Marshall's story -- A day with chef Nobu Matsuhisa -- Chef Nobu's recipes ; Photo galleries: Behind the scenes -- Costume illustrations
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