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'Geisha' Touches the Heart

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Danielle Thomas
Arts & Entertainment Editor

   “Memoirs of a Geisha,” a Golden Globe winner for best score by John Williams, just came out on DVD.

   The story line and awesome soundtrack draws in the viewer from the beginning. In 1929, Chiyo (Ziyi Zhang) must leave her home in a fishing village for the life of a geisha. Sold to a geisha house in Kyoto, Japan, Chiyo must separate from her sister and accept her fate.

   Hated by the head geisha, Hatsumomo (Li Gong), Chiyo gets into trouble and gets told she will never be a geisha; she will remain a slave to the owner of the geisha house.

   Chiyo meets the chairman (Ken Watanabe) and he shows her kindness she has never known. She prays to meet him again someday soon.

   Taken in by Hatsumomo’s rival, Mameha (Michelle Yeoh), Chiyo becomes the well-known geisha, Sayuri.

   When World War II strikes Japan, the geisha’s world is turned upside down. In the face of danger and destruction, Sayuri must continue to struggle through life.

   “Memoirs of a Geisha” tells of a girl that grows into a woman. Sayuri narrates and tells about her incredible journey through life as a geisha and the pain she endures.

   This movie, full of romance and heartache, will touch your heart. The writer, Robin Swicord, uses tons of emotions to tell Chiyo/Sayuri’s story. I would recommend this movie to everyone that likes a good, heart-wrenching story.

Grade: A+
Rated PG-13 for mature subject matter and some sexual content.

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