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and for the umpteenth time...
 
Saturday, January 14, 2006  
watched memoirs of geisha, it's a good movie, good story, good scenes, nice clothes, good marketing. but as a lot of people have said before, somehow the movie failed to protray the essence of geisha. it's more than not having any leading geisha roles played by japanese, it has to do with the whole plot and script. you would expect there'll a few hundred japanese advising on the details (even though there are places that went wrong, how the kimono was supposed to wear the other way round instead of how dead people have theirs put on, and how it was folded) it is the same story, but the director (who is not even an asian) chooses what and what not to show you; what he has put on the screen washed out a great deal of the whole geisha exoticism.

same reason why MissionImpossible2 was very disappointing.

photography is nice, but don't expect anything you'd see from crouchingThiddenD, you would be seeing a nice setting of a Japanese-like city, and landscape that looks more like samples from Alaska on Windows Vista screen than honshu. you won't feel the Ki (qi) as you would have in other asian-directed movies (look at the korean bi-cheon-mu, or even Hero)

the movie cannot compare to a documentry; but that's ok, because it's not supposed to be one anyway. if you are a die-hard national geographic reader you would have noticed how inaccurate it seems. i could only see geisha as some hardworking wining pretty girls with the weirdest job on earth. if you treat the movie no more than a Gwen Stefani singing Harajuku Girls, then you'd probably think it's out of this world.

in any case, nice try.
find an asian to direct an asian story next time.

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