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Memoirs of a Geisha (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition)

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"... a visually stunning adaptation of Arthur Golden's best-selling novel." (Barry Caine, OAKLAND TRIBUNE) The director of Chicago, Rob Marshall, transports us into a mysterious and exotic world that casts a potent spell. A Cinderella story like no other, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA stars Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh and Gong Li. "Gorgeously photographed, meticulously directed and hypnotically acted. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA is luxurious, ethereal and intoxicating. It will leave you breathless." (Rex Reed, NEW YORK OBSERVER)

Additional Features

Given the film's high number of technical Oscar nods, it's not surprising that the DVD's second disc contains a whopping 11 featurettes. Each one covers an aspect of Geisha's lavish production, from set decorations to costume design to musical score (all of which were nominated). Another documentary, entitled "Sayuri's Journey: From Book to Screen," covers the adaptation of Arthur Golden's bestselling novel, while "Geisha Boot Camp" shows the arduous training the actresses went through to inhabit the grace and delicacy of their characters (trivia: their on-set consultant is an American, the only foreigner ever to become a geisha). Also astonishing is footage of Ziyi Zhang learning to walk--much less dance--in 12-inch platform flip-flops for her showstopping "snow" number. The other featurettes range from the in-depth (a profile of director Rob Marshall, including his personal relationship with producing partner John DeLuca) to the baffling (an entire supplement devoted to sumo wrestling, which is only featured in one scene in the film, and sushi recipes from famed Chef Nobu, who makes a cameo appearance in Geisha).

Marshall also weighs in on a detailed feature commentary, one of two for the DVD. In it he defends his controversial choice to cast Chinese actresses ("It's about who's the best actress," he says, mentioning how the search for talented women who could also speak English and dance well was no small feat) and gushes over Gong Li's commitment to her role every time she appears onscreen. But his best behind-the-scenes tale is securing the right to shoot scenes at a Japanese temple because the head monk happened to be a big fan of Chicago. And all that jazz, indeed. --Ellen A. Kim


Special features

  • Commentary by director Rob Marshall and co-producer John DeLuca
  • Production Commentary by Costume Design Colleen Atwood, Production Design John Myhre and Editor Pietro Scalia
  • "Sayuri's Other Journey:  From the Novel to the Screen" featurette - Novelist Arthur Golden and the filmmakers discuss the 8-year journey of turning the best-selling book into an award winning film.
  • "The Road to Japan" featurette - the filmmakers travel to Japan to experience the places in Kyoto that are featured in the book and discuss the challenges of shooting in some of Japan’s most sacred locations.
  • "Geisha Bootcamp" featurette - A behind the scenes look at how the actresses learned the art of becoming geisha.
  • "Building the Hanamachi" featurette - Recreating the entire village of old Kyoto in a pasture in Southern California.
  • "The Look of a Geisha" featurette - The most famous Geisha were considered to be the supermodels of their time, learn the ancient secrets and modern twists to creating their hair, makeup and wardrobe for the film.
  • "The Music of Memoirs" featurette - John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman discuss the creative process of composing the Golden Globe® winning score.
  • "A Geisha’s Dance" featurette - We'll follow the entire process of staging these dances, from research into authentic geisha dance (illustrated with the archival footage that served as inspiration) through conception, casting sessions, rehearsals, on-the-set rehearsals, filming, and the final version in the movie.
  • "The World of the Geisha" featurette - A look at the history of this secret world, from its ancient origins up to the geisha of today.
  • "The Way of the Sumo" featurette - Explore the fascinating history of this ancient sport and meet some of today’s Sumo Wrestling champions.
  • "Rob Marshall" featurette - An in-depth look at Director Rob Marshall
  • "A Day with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa" featurette - World-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa discusses his role in Memoirs and shares some of his favorite recipes.

Product details

  • Actors: Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Suzuka Ohgo, Togo Igawa
  • Directors: Rob Marshall
  • Writers: Arthur Golden, Robin Swicord
  • Producers: Bobby Cohen, Douglas Wick, Gary Barber, John DeLuca, Lucy Fisher
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 931 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000EHRVMY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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