Memoirs of a Geisha


2h 24m 2005

Brief Synopsis

In the years before World War II, a Japanese child is torn from her penniless family to work as a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri. Beautiful and accomplished, Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the one man beyond her reach.

Film Details

Also Known As
En geishas memoarer, Mémoires d'une geisha
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
2005
Distribution Company
AMBLIN PARTNERS/SONY PICTURES RELEASING
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 24m

Synopsis

In the years before World War II, a Japanese child is torn from her penniless family to work as a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri. Beautiful and accomplished, Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the one man beyond her reach.

Crew

Nicole Abellera

Casting Assistant

Tsutomu Adachi

Production Manager

Tsutomu Adachi

Production Coordinator

Merry Alderman

Casting Assistant

Trish Almeida

Hair Stylist

Deborah Ambrosino

Costumer

H. Leah Amir

Craft Service

Emilio Aramendia

On-Set Dresser

Amy Arnold

Costumer

Colleen Atwood

Costume Designer

Noriko Awaya

Song Performer

Paul Babin

Camera Operator

Morgan Bailey

Production Assistant

Karen Baker

Production Assistant

Gary Barber

Executive Producer

Michael Barrere

Best Boy Grip

Matt Barrie

Production Assistant

Ron Bass

Other

Ron Bass

Screenplay (Uncredited)

Ken Bazal

Assistant Camera

Cheryl Beasley-blackwell

Costume Supervisor

Dion Beebe

Director Of Photography

Dion Beebe

Dp/Cinematographer

Ramiro Belgardt

Music Editor

Madeline Bell

Assistant Location Manager

Jennifer Bender

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Takashi Bernhardt

Assistant

Greg Berry

Assistant Art Director

Aiko Bingo

Song Performer

Roger Birnbaum

Executive Producer

Kate Biscoe

Makeup

Kathleen Tomasik Black

Casting Associate

Valerio Bonelli

Assistant Editor

Richard J Bosner

Production Assistant

Bill Bowles

Production Assistant

Valery Bremier

Production Assistant

Steven Brennan

Dresser

Michael Broomberg

Foley Artist

Francie Brown

Dialect Coach

J. C. Brown

Graphic Artist

John Buckley

Chief Lighting Technician

Raymond Burns

Hairdresser

Kim Buttlar

Coordinator

George F. Caccamise

Dolly Grip

Sammy Cahn

Song

Denny Caira

Transportation Captain

Marta Camer

Makeup Artist

Christine Cantella

Costumer

Eugene Caputi

Production Assistant

Susannah Carradine

Production Assistant

John Carroll

Props

Ted Castrellon

Construction

Sarah Catizone

Medic

Clete Cetrone

Foreman

William Chalk

Dresser

Saul Chaplin

Song

Jay Cheng

Costumer

George Kee Cheung

Stunts

Catherine Childers

Hairdresser

Sue Chipperton

Animal Trainer

Phil Chong

Stunts

Seth Clark

Assistant Editor

Chad Cleven

Production Assistant

Bobby Cohen

Executive Producer

David Cohen

Models

Harry Cohen

Sound Effects Editor

Debra Coleman

Makeup Artist

Doug Coleman

Stunt Coordinator

Eliza Coleman

Stunts

Anthony Cope

Models

Peter Costelli

Assistant Location Manager

Connie Criswell

Contact Lenses

Harry Da Costa

Song

Gary Dahlquist

Chief Lighting Technician

Liza Dalby

Consultant

Nour Dardari

Production Accountant

Craig H Davidson

Stunts

Scott Davis

Stunts

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

John Deluca

Choreographer

John Deluca

Unit Director

John Deluca

Coproducer

Fred Deyoe

Props

Kaylin Dodge

Production Assistant

Jon Dorflinger

Production Assistant

Jessica Drake

Dialect Coach

Bob Drwila

Apprentice Editor

Cameron Duncan

Loader

Lou Economides

Construction

E B Edwards

Song

Toshinori Egawa

Best Boy Electric

Linda Emmons-cunningham

Assistant Location Manager

Jann Engel

Set Designer

Scot Erb

Production Assistant

Jonathan Eusebio

Stunts

Roel Failma

Stunts

Mike Fantasia

Location Manager

Ryan Faust

Production Assistant

Denise Faye

Choreographer

Robert Fechtman

Set Designer

Julie Feiner

Dialogue Editor

Emily Ferry

Property Master

Lucy Fisher

Producer

Scott R. Fisher

Special Effects Coordinator

Scott R. Fisher

Special Effects

Linda Folk

Adr Editor

Julia Frey

Visual Effects Producer

Shogo Fujii

Property Master

Emi Fukuda

Assistant Director

Kazumi Fukushima

Location Manager

Kate Galbraith

Production Assistant

John Gazdik

Assistant Camera

Mickey Giacomazzi

Stunts

Hector Gika

Sound Effects Editor

Raymond Ginther

Plasterer

Asako Takeuchi Glendenning

Assistant

Cellin Gluck

Unit Production Manager

Darek Gogol

Illustrator

Arthur S Golden

Source Material

Akiva Goldsman

Other

Akiva Goldsman

Screenplay (Uncredited)

Paul Graff

Compositing Supervisor

Donnie Grant

Painter

Noelle Green

Production Coordinator

John Grillo

Assistant Camera

Hannah Ha Joo

Stunts

Theodore Hardwick

On-Set Dresser

Barbara Harris

Voice Casting

Laura Harris

Dialogue Editor

Hiromi Hashibe

Soloist

Ryoichi Hattori

Song

Nancy Hayes

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Shawheen Hazrati

Production Assistant

Gary Hecker

Foley Artist

Eric Heffron

Assistant Director

Michael Hertlein

Dialogue Editor

Yuji Higashida

Gaffer

John W Hoskins

Construction Coordinator

Luis Hoyos

Set Designer

Don J Hug

Production Supervisor

Makoto Ibuki

Carpenter

Masayo Ishigure

Soloist

Jacob Jacobs

Song

David James

Photography

Saisie M Jang

Assistant Location Manager

Henry John

Foreman

Kent Jones

Painter

Melissa Judd

Production Assistant

Eddie Karam

Original Music

Kenneth Karman

Music Editor

Eli Kauffman

Production Assistant

Brian Keaulana

Stunts

Barry Kellogg

Costumer

Colleen Kelsall

Assistant Costume Designer

Daniel Kemp

Location Manager

Rinshoue Kida

Song

Dave Kilby

Plasterer

Jay B King

Special Effects Technician

Jon W. Kishi

Stunts

Michelle Maria Kitagawa

Production Assistant

Natasha Klibansky

Assistant

Rick Kline

Sound Mixer

Hiro Koda

Stunts

Paul Koene

Production Assistant

Masao Koga

Song

Danika Kohler

Assistant Production Coordinator

Mia Kovero

Hair Stylist

Noriko Koyanagi

Production Manager

Keiko Kurauchi

Song

Haruo Kurawaka

Song

Kinko Kurosawa

Song

Brenda Laidlaw

Set Costumer

Robert Lambert

Foreman

D J Larocca

Song

Kevin Leghorn

Production Assistant

Will Leong

Stunts

Anna Leung

Assistant

Jimmy Leung

Production Assistant

Howard London

Adr Mixer

Sharon Lopez

Production Secretary

Dwight Lowell

Foreman

Emma Ludbrook

Assistant

Tayler Macniven

Production Assistant

Francine Maisler

Casting

Jeff Markwith

Set Designer

Donny Martino Jr.

Assistant Location Manager

Masako Masuda

Set Designer

Jeanette L Mcduffie

Assistant

Troy Mcgatlin

Accounting Assistant

Todd Mcintosh

Makeup

Kerry Lyn Mckissick

Script Supervisor

Sandra Mcneill

Instructor

Patrick Mendez

Production Assistant

Sion Michel

Camera

Sion Michel

Director Of Photography

Sion Michel

Camera Operator

Sion Michel

Dp/Cinematographer

James Miller

Sculptor

Meg Mimura

Interpreter

Robert M Misetich

Painter

Film Details

Also Known As
En geishas memoarer, Mémoires d'une geisha
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
2005
Distribution Company
AMBLIN PARTNERS/SONY PICTURES RELEASING
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 24m

Award Wins

Best Art Direction

2006

Set Decoration

2005

Best Cinematography

2005

Best Cinematography

2006
Dion Beebe

Best Costume Design

2005

Best Costume Design

2006

Award Nominations

Best Score

2005

Best Sound

2005

Best Sound Editing

2005

Articles

Memoirs of a Geisha: A Portrait of the Film - In Bookstores Now!


Featuring over 150 full-color photographs and drawings, Memoirs of a Geisha: A Portrait of the Film (Newmarket Press) is a lavishly illustrated book that captures the artistry and romance behind the exquisite new film from Rob Marshall, the director of the Oscar®-winning film Chicago, starring Ziyi Zhang (House of Flying Daggers) and Ken Watanabe (The Last Samura).

Directed by Academy Award®-nominee Rob Marshall (Chicago) and produced by Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick, and Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Robin Swicord and Doug Wright, Memoirs of a Geisha features an all-star Asian cast including Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Koji Yakusho (Shall We Dance?), Youki Kudoh (Snow Falling on Cedars), and Gong Li (Raise the Red Lantern).

Based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha is a sweeping romantic epic set in the mysterious and exotic world that still casts a potent spell today. The story begins in the years before WWII when a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a servant in a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri (Ziyi Zhang). Beautiful and accomplished, Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the one man who is out of her reach (Ken Watanabe).

The Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook explores the intricate process of re-creating the period and world of the geisha. Special sections showcase production design, makeup, choreography, and costumes, featuring kimonos created especially for the movie by five-time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Colleen Atwood. Sidebars throughout also provide fascinating historical background on the geisha culture.

To order Memoirs of a Geisha: A Portrait of the Film, use this link to Barnes and Noble.
Memoirs Of A Geisha: A Portrait Of The Film - In Bookstores Now!

Memoirs of a Geisha: A Portrait of the Film - In Bookstores Now!

Featuring over 150 full-color photographs and drawings, Memoirs of a Geisha: A Portrait of the Film (Newmarket Press) is a lavishly illustrated book that captures the artistry and romance behind the exquisite new film from Rob Marshall, the director of the Oscar®-winning film Chicago, starring Ziyi Zhang (House of Flying Daggers) and Ken Watanabe (The Last Samura). Directed by Academy Award®-nominee Rob Marshall (Chicago) and produced by Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick, and Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Robin Swicord and Doug Wright, Memoirs of a Geisha features an all-star Asian cast including Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Koji Yakusho (Shall We Dance?), Youki Kudoh (Snow Falling on Cedars), and Gong Li (Raise the Red Lantern). Based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha is a sweeping romantic epic set in the mysterious and exotic world that still casts a potent spell today. The story begins in the years before WWII when a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a servant in a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri (Ziyi Zhang). Beautiful and accomplished, Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the one man who is out of her reach (Ken Watanabe). The Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook explores the intricate process of re-creating the period and world of the geisha. Special sections showcase production design, makeup, choreography, and costumes, featuring kimonos created especially for the movie by five-time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Colleen Atwood. Sidebars throughout also provide fascinating historical background on the geisha culture. To order Memoirs of a Geisha: A Portrait of the Film, use this link to Barnes and Noble.

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2005 Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay by the International Press Academy (IPA).

Winner of the 2005 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Feature Film - Dialogue and Automated Dialogue Replacement by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE).

Winner of the 2005 award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

Winner of the 2005 award for Excellence In Production Design For A Feature Film by the Art Directors Guild (ADG).

Winner of the 2005 award for Excellence in Period/Fantasy Costume Design for Film by the Costume Designers Guild (CDG).

Winner of the 2005 award for Best Supporting Actress (Gong Li) by the National Board of Review (NBR).

Limited Release in United States December 9, 2005

Released in United States Winter December 9, 2005

Released in United States on Video March 28, 2006

Based on the novel "Memoirs of a Geisha" written by Arthur S Golden; published by Knopf September 23, 1997.

Spike Jonze was previously attached to direct.

Steven Spielberg was previously attached to direct.

Kimberly Peirce was previously attached to direct.

Spyglass and DreamWorks are financial partners with Columbia on the film adaptation of Arthur Golden's novel. Spyglass holds international distribution rights, Columbia markets the film, with DreamWorks and Sony sharing domestic distribution in addition to handling some international territories.

Limited Release in United States December 9, 2005

Released in United States Winter December 9, 2005

Released in United States on Video March 28, 2006

Winner of three 2005 awards including Best Film Music, Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).