Memoirs of a Geisha


Based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Arthur Golden, "Memoirs of a Geisha" is a sweeping romantic epic set in a mysterious and exotic world that still casts a potent spell today. The story begins in the years before WWII when a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri (Ziyi Zhang). Beautiful and accomplished, Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the one man who is out of her reach (Ken Watanabe). Nine-year old Chiyo, a poor fisherman's daughter, is taken from her family and sold to a geisha house. From her start as a common household maid, she blossoms into one of Kyoto's most renowned geishas, surviving the envy and treachery of the competition.

‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ Screenwriter Robin Swicord Discusses Screenplay in Los Angeles

This Wednesday, November 9, 2005 from 11:30pm to 2:00pm, "The Friends of the USC Libraries" present screenwriter Robin Swicord who will discuss her cinematic adaptation of Arthur Golden's best-selling novel Memoirs of a Geisha at a literary luncheon at the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles. The event will take place at the University Park Campus at the "Town & Gown" venue. RSVPs are required. The luncheon cost is $45 for food + parking; the lecture is free.

A literary sensation and runaway best-seller in 1997, this brilliant debut novel presents with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha.

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Early production artwork from ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ goes online Fansite have posted some early artwork from the upcoming Steven Spielberg produced drama, Memoirs of a Geisha.

The film stars Ken Watanabe, Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Youki Kudoh, Koji Yakusho and Karl Yune.

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‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ begins production

Memoirs of a Geisha:Memoirs of a Geisha, a sweeping romantic epic based on the internationally acclaimed best-seller by Arthur Golden, has begun filming in Los Angeles under the direction of Academy Award® nominee Rob Marshall ("Chicago"). In addition to locations in the Los Angeles area, "Memoirs of a Geisha" will film in Japan and Northern California.

The film's stellar ensemble cast includes Ziyi Zhang ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Hero") in the title role, opposite Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe ("The Last Samurai," the upcoming "Batman Begins") as the man she loves. Gong Li ("Raise the Red Lantern"), Michelle Yeoh ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), Koji Yakusho ("Shall We Dance?") and Youki Kudoh ("Snow Falling On Cedars") also star in leading roles.

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