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  Memoirs Of A Geisha Review  

Sayuri remembers how she was sold into servitude and misery as a child, trained and moulded by her mentor Mameha into a celebrated geisha, and sustained against both her rival Hatsumomo's treachery and the vicissitudes of war by her love for a man she could not have.

Based on the Arthur Golden bestselling novel from the late 90's, director by Rob Marshall (Chicago) brings together some of the best stars Eastern cinema has to offer.

The film is visually stunning (both costume and loctions) with a cast including Ziyi Zhang (Rush Hour 2, Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Michelle Yeoh (Tomorrow Never Dies, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Batman Begins), and Li Gong (Farewell My Concubine, 2046) and an award winning musical score from John Williams (Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark).

Although the casting of Chinese leading actors has raised some criticism, this doesnt take anything away from the movie itself. Filmed entirely in English (not a subttitle in sight) the movie is obviously aimed firmly at the Oscars audience, and it deserves to win something.

At a little over 2 hours long the film seemed to drag a little at times. Having not read the book I can't comment on how closely the film follows the original novel, but is still worth watching if you get the chance.

Review by Paul