Nitta Sayuri reveals how she transcended her fishing-village roots and became one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha.
“Memoirs of a Geisha” is a 2005 American film directed by Rob Marshall, based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Golden. The movie is set in Japan during the 1920s and 1930s, and tells the story of a young girl named Chiyo, who is sold into slavery and trained as a geisha. The film stars Zhang Ziyi as the titular geisha, alongside Ken Watanabe, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, and Suzuka Ohgo.
“Memoirs of a Geisha” was well-received by audiences and received critical acclaim for its cinematography, costume design, and performances by its cast. However, the film was also the subject of some controversy due to its casting of Chinese actors in Japanese roles and the use of yellowface makeup. Despite this, the film was a commercial success and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.