Production took place in southern and northern California and in several locations in Kyoto , including the Kiyomizu temple and the Fushimi Inari shrine. The film tells the story of a young Japanese girl, Chiyo Sakamoto, who is sold by her impoverished family to a geisha house called an okiya. Chiyo is eventually transformed into a geisha and renamed "Sayuri", and becomes one of the most celebrated geisha of her time. But with this success, Sayuri also learns the secrets and sacrifices of the geisha lifestyle. The film was released to mixed reviews from western critics, but was a box office hit and was nominated for and won numerous awards, including nominations for six Academy Awards , and eventually won three: Best Cinematography , Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.
Memoirs of a Geisha quotes Movie Quotes Database
Narrator Sayuri as an elderly woman : A story like mine should never be told. For my world is as forbidden as it is fragile; without its mysteries it cannot survive. Narrator Sayuri as an elderly woman : At the temple, there is a poem called "Loss", carved into the stone. It has three words
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A poor Japanese family is forced to make a heartbreaking decision: to sell their young daughters into servitude. Chiyo Suzuka Ohgo and her sister are sent to a far away hanamachi geisha district as virtual slaves. Remarkably, American-born Goldman gave us a terrifically detailed view of the exotic and graceful life of Chiyo as she blossoms into one of the most beautiful, desirable and talented geisha, Sayuri. The result is a lushly crafted, beautiful to look at work that is faithful to its source material. But, if you consider the international acclaim of star Ziyi Zhang, Gong Li and Michelle Yeoh and their familiarity to American and other audiences - versus the lack of any internationally famous Japanese actresses - then the decision makes sense, especially to the bean counters.
Chiyo tells the story of how, when their mother became ill, their father threw the day's catch back into the sea and let his daughters go hungry. So they would learn the feeling of emptiness, he said. Water can carve through stone, Chiyo's mother told her. And when trapped, "water makes a new path. Chiyo is chosen because of her good looks and blue-grey eyes.