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A beautiful film,
This review is from: Memoirs of a Geisha [DVD] (DVD)
As the story begins, young Chiyo (Suzuka Ohgo) and her sister and sold by their poor parents to be servant girls in a geisha house far away. The girls are separated, and Chiyo's life is one of constant work and punishment, until the day she meets the Chairman (Ken Watanabe). The handsome businessman is kind to the miserable little girl and from that moment, she vows to become a geisha so she can see him again. Chiyo escapes the jealousy of head geisha Hatsumomo (Li Gong), and becomes the prot' of Mameha (Michelle Yeoh) who helps her become the most celebrated geisha in the city. And then WWII changes everything.
I enjoyed every minute of this film. The costumes and scenery are exquisite, the acting is excellent, and script is powerful and touching. The story contrasts the harsh life of little Chiyo with the graceful elegance of the geishas, and it's a visual feast. The best scenes were those with Ken Watanabe, whose confidence and charisma are very appealing. Heartily recommended for its story and breathtaking beauty.