Nitta Sayuri reveals how she transcended her fishing-village roots and became one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

Director:

Rob Marshall

Writers:

Robin Swicord (screenplay), Arthur Golden (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzuka Ohgo ... Chiyo
Togo Igawa ... Tanaka
Mako ... Sakamoto
Samantha Futerman ... Satsu
Elizabeth Sung ... Sakamoto's Wife
Thomas Ikeda Thomas Ikeda ... Mr. Bekku
Gong Li ... Hatsumomo
Tsai Chin ... Auntie
Kaori Momoi ... Mother
Zoe Weizenbaum ... Young Pumpkin
David Okihiro David Okihiro ... Shamisen Teacher
Miyako Tachibana Miyako Tachibana ... Dance Teacher
Kotoko Kawamura Kotoko Kawamura ... Granny
Karl Yune ... Koichi
Eugenia Yuan ... Korin
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Storyline

In the 1920s, 9-year-old Chiyo gets sold to a geisha house. There, she is forced into servitude, receiving nothing in return until the house's ruling hierarchy determines if she is of high enough quality to service the clientele -- men who visit and pay for conversation, dance and song. After rigorous years of training, Chiyo becomes Sayuri, a geisha of incredible beauty and influence. Life is good for Sayuri, but World War II is about to disrupt the peace. Written by Jwelch5742

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A world of mystery threatened by destruction. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature subject matter and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The theatrical trailer briefly uses a piece of musical score from The Last Samurai (2003), which was composed by Hans Zimmer. See more »

Goofs

Sayuri is the Year of the Monkey, not the Rooster. See more »

Quotes

Mameha: [explaining sex to Sayuri] Every once in a while, a man's "eel" likes to visit a woman's... "cave."
Sayuri Nitta: Yes, I know.
Mameha: You do?
Sayuri Nitta: I live with Hatsumomo.
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No studio logos are shown at the beginning. They however appear shortened after the end credits and are accompanied by the film's score. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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Tsugaru Yosare Bushi
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Performed by Tateo Takahashi
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No Style no Substance
13 June 2020 | by Dexter-hangaeSee all my reviews

Took a mainstream book full of falsehoods and fantasy, which is fine after all it is fiction, changed it for the worse, cast a bunch of Chinese actresses and put them in a kimono and sold to Western audiences as Japanese!!!!! Voila millions of people now feel they know Japanese culture and admire it. Shame on all the Chinese pretending they are Japanese. I guess they have no right to complain about racism now. The scene where the child is crying is crowded with half a dozen Chinese actors and actresses. Come to think of it is no different than all the Chinese sushi restaurants.


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Country:

France | Japan | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

23 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Memoirs of a Geisha See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$682,504, 11 December 2005

Gross USA:

$57,490,508

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$162,242,962
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2.39 : 1
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