In the bushland surroundings of a Jervis Bay eco-resort last month, she joined the Danish filmmaker behind Italian for BeginnersLone Scherfig, the American screenwriter of Memoirs of a GeishaRobin Swicord, and the Australian director of Romper StomperGeoffrey Wright, at an intensive workshop for scripts approaching production. Hothousing, it's called. It's one of the ways in which the film industry is responding to concerns that scripts are too often weak or underdeveloped.
Based upon the critically acclaimed novel by Arthur Golden, this much-anticipated film tells the tale of Chiyo, a nine-year-old girl from an impoverished family whose father sells her and her sister into indentured servitude to a Kyoto geisha house inearly in the reign of Emperor Hirohito. Life is unbearably hard for Chiyo at first, as she is separated from her beloved sister and harshly treated by the wicked geisha Hatsumomo. However, it soon becomes apparent to Hatsumomo's rival Mameha that Chiyo has the makings of a fine geisha herself, and with Mameha's mentorship, she begins her maiko training, a process that involves many years of practicing transcendent social skills and mastering the refined arts of music, poetry, dance and calligraphy.
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Narrator Sayuri as an elderly woman : A story like mine should never be told. For my world is as forbidden as it is fragile; without its mysteries it cannot survive. Narrator Sayuri as an elderly woman : At the temple, there is a poem called "Loss", carved into the stone. It has three words
Like you, i felt an obligation to see the film because I'm an American Oriental actor as well. However, unlike you, I pull no punches with my opinion. It is a piece of garbage that had no business getting out of the editing bay.
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Unfortunately, it's one of the most empty-headed, as well. They've also included a ridiculous, contrived ending created specifically for this film adaptation. And unfortunately, the climactic sequence undercuts the rest of the movie. As for complaints about the casting of Chinese actresses in the roles of Japanese characters, that really isn't the issue.