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A wonderful story, well told.
on 23 April 2011
I have always looked in films for that ability to allow you to escape utterly into its world. This film is a perfect example of a film which has that ability in ample qualities. From the opening music, courtesy of John Williams, with it poetic narration, 'Memoirs of a Geisha' takes us into the heart of life as a geisha in 1930s Japan with great ease and beauty. The cinematography is wonderful throughout as well as the costumes and lighting.
The acting is very good although it errs on the side of caution rather too much which sometimes lends the performances a slightly stiff quality. Ken Watanabe is by far the strongest in the cast with a very sensitive and charismatic portrayl as the Chairman. Also, Gong Li is fantastic as the tortured geisha Hatsumomo.
The real strength of this film, in my opinion, is that it tells the story so clearly and confidently. So many films have no sense of momentum or direction and it makes a change to have a film that is simply a great tale well told.