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Peaches O Malley
11-26-2005, 12:35 PM
Anyone planning on checking this movie out?
I loved the book, but there were some discrepencies regarding true geisha.
I am curious :?

Margaret
11-26-2005, 12:56 PM
Yep, I am going to go and see it.

I really liked the book and hope they adapt it well.

Mistress Lisette
11-26-2005, 02:29 PM
Yes, I'll be seeing it, too. I haven't read the book yet, but the movie definitely interests me. Plus, I like Michelle Yeoh.

~Lisette

Miracle Wench
11-26-2005, 03:08 PM
I liked the book so I would say I would like to go see it as well.

wendyzski
11-26-2005, 06:48 PM
I will be going to see the movie, but I also know there will be stuff they get wrong.

If you are really interested in learnign more about geisha (or geiko as they are called in Kyoto), I recommend the following:

GEISHA - Liza Dalby, the only American ever to train and work as a geisha. A fascinating book!
WOMEN OF THE PLEASURE QUARTERS - Lesley Downer.
GEISHA, A LIFE - Mineko Iwasaki

Peaches O Malley
11-27-2005, 01:40 AM
I have all 3 of those books and they are excellent.
GEISHA, A LIFE by Mineko Iwasaki is actually the source for Memoirs. She wrote her book in an attempt to clear up the misinformation she felt was written in her name by Golden. I believe she even sued him :?

ShawnMarie
11-27-2005, 07:41 PM
I read the book and loved it, despite the inaccurancies and I have plans to see the movie.

It has the potential to be one of those movies that just blows you away on screen by the beauty of it - no matter what it is about. Not sure that makes much sense - Titanic was one, hated the story and acting but it blew me away in terms of beauty and detail.

Here's hoping I won't be disappointed.

Mistress Lisette
11-27-2005, 09:53 PM
I read the book and loved it, despite the inaccurancies and I have plans to see the movie.

It has the potential to be one of those movies that just blows you away on screen by the beauty of it - no matter what it is about. Not sure that makes much sense - Titanic was one, hated the story and acting but it blew me away in terms of beauty and detail.

Here's hoping I won't be disappointed.

Makes sense to me. "House of Flying Daggers" & "Crouching Tiger" were like that for me. I'm biased b/c I absolutely love those movies, especially "Flying Daggers," but I think that's how this movie's going to be, too. Absolutely breathtaking in its beauty.

Can't wait!

~Lisette

nyghtshayde
11-27-2005, 09:56 PM
I'm definately going. I absolutely loved this book, and will be looking for the others mentioned here in the thread as soon as I'm able!! Thanks for the info!

wendyzski
11-27-2005, 10:38 PM
I have all 3 of those books and they are excellent.
GEISHA, A LIFE by Mineko Iwasaki is actually the source for Memoirs. She wrote her book in an attempt to clear up the misinformation she felt was written in her name by Golden. I believe she even sued him :?

That's what I remember too, but wasn't able to find my documentation about it, so I didn't post that part.

Gwenyver Etaine
11-27-2005, 11:17 PM
Lisette - Girl, I think we were separated at birth! LOL....you and I have markedly similar taste in books and movies. I LOVED Flying Daggers...not only the cinematography but the story as well. LOVED IT!

Mistress Lisette
11-28-2005, 12:11 AM
Lisette - Girl, I think we were separated at birth! LOL....you and I have markedly similar taste in books and movies. I LOVED Flying Daggers...not only the cinematography but the story as well. LOVED IT!

:aok:

Every time I see "Flying Daggers," I cry. It's sooooo beautiful and sad!

~Lisette

Emrld
12-02-2005, 03:15 PM
Memoires is a novel /ficton. I have attached the following from Amazon.
With the style in which it was written many people thought it was a true story.



Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com
According to Arthur Golden's absorbing first novel, the word "geisha" does not mean "prostitute," as Westerners ignorantly assume--it means "artisan" or "artist." To capture the geisha experience in the art of fiction, Golden trained as long and hard as any geisha who must master the arts of music, dance, clever conversation, crafty battle with rival beauties, and cunning seduction of wealthy patrons. After earning degrees in Japanese art and history from Harvard and Columbia--and an M.A. in English--he met a man in Tokyo who was the illegitimate offspring of a renowned businessman and a geisha. This meeting inspired Golden to spend 10 years researching every detail of geisha culture, chiefly relying on the geisha Mineko Iwasaki, who spent years charming the very rich and famous.
The result is a novel with the broad social canvas (and love of coincidence) of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen's intense attention to the nuances of erotic maneuvering. Readers experience the entire life of a geisha, from her origins as an orphaned fishing-village girl in 1929 to her triumphant auction of her mizuage (virginity) for a record price as a teenager to her reminiscent old age as the distinguished mistress of the powerful patron of her dreams. We discover that a geisha is more analogous to a Western "trophy wife" than to a prostitute--and, as in Austen, flat-out prostitution and early death is a woman's alternative to the repressive, arcane system of courtship. In simple, elegant prose, Golden puts us right in the tearoom with the geisha; we are there as she gracefully fights for her life in a social situation where careers are made or destroyed by a witticism, a too-revealing (or not revealing enough) glimpse of flesh under the kimono, or a vicious rumor spread by a rival "as cruel as a spider."

Golden's web is finely woven, but his book has a serious flaw: the geisha's true romance rings hollow--the love of her life is a symbol, not a character. Her villainous geisha nemesis is sharply drawn, but she would be more so if we got a deeper peek into the cause of her motiveless malignity--the plight all geisha share. Still, Golden has won the triple crown of fiction: he has created a plausible female protagonist in a vivid, now-vanished world, and he gloriously captures Japanese culture by expressing his thoughts in authentic Eastern metaphors. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.