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Memoirs of a geisha - Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li, Rob Marshall

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Set in a mysterious exotic world, which still casts a potent spell today, Sayuri Nitta (Ziyi Zhang) tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a 9-year-old girl with unusual blue-grey eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate make-up, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that goes with it. Despite the treacherous Hatsumomo (Gong Li) who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into a legendary geisha under the guidance of her mentor Mameha (Michelle Yeoh). 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, the mysterious Chairman (Ken Watanabe).

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Japan geisha child adult kimono dance music slavery biography

Persons of interest

  • Tsai Chin .... Auntie
  • Li Gong .... Hatsumomo
  • Togo Igawa .... Tanaka
  • Yôki Kudô .... O-Kabo
  • Kaori Momoi .... O-kami
  • Faith Shin .... Little Kiko
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa .... The Baron
  • Kenneth Tsang .... General
  • Ken Watanabe .... The Chairman
  • Zoe Weizenbaum .... Young Pumpkin
  • Kôji Yakusho .... Nobu
  • Michelle Yeoh .... Mameha
  • Karl Yune .... Koichi
  • Ziyi Zhang .... Sayuri Nitta
  • Arthur Golden .... Author
  • Akiva Goldsman .... Screenwriter
  • Ron Bass .... Screenwriter
  • Robin Swicord .... Screenwriter
  • Doug Wright .... Screenwriter
  • Rob Marshall .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Memoirs of a geisha is long, slow, romantic, tragic, bitter, vile, sumptuous and petty. Or, to put it another way, it is very human. And very good.

Security censorship classification

M (Moderate sexual references, moderate themes)

Surveillance time

145 minutes (2:25 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 19 January 2006

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