Memoirs of a Geisha

ISBN: 1557046832
ISBN 13: 9781557046833
By: Peggy Mulloy David James Rob Marshall Arthur Golden

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About this book

A stunning visual companion to the highly anticipated new film from director Rob Marshall (Chicago), based on the international bestseller by Arthur Golden—a major holiday release from Columbia Pictures.Featuring over 150 full-color photographs and drawings, this lavishly illustrated book 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 Samurai).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.

Reader's Thoughts

Lady Entropy

I usually don't buy movie books, but I opened an exception for this one, and never regretted it. Gorgeous.


I liked the history. The premise of the book not so much. The culture was amazing and I liked that. I would not recommend this to anyone young. It was definitely adult content.


Though I would not categorize this as a "fun, light, beach read," I thoroughly enjoyed the book. This book provides a memoriable portrayal of Gieshas.

Ashley T

I have not read this book, but I have read the original book "Memoirs of a Geisha", and seen the movie, both several times. I can say that you won't regret reading or viewing anything to do with the book or the movie.A wonderful "vacation" to WW2 Japan, into the sizzling and competitive culture of the apprentice and actual "Geisha girls".I had thought I had a grip on what a "geisha" was, but I realize now that I had no earthly idea!A geisha is not simply a girl who dresses up really pretty, like a doll, and goes around with wealthy men, as I erroneously had thought!These women came from all walks of life, both poor and uneducated, and wealthy, privileged families.They were the "chosen ones", because one had to have talent, discipline, intellect, and wit to be a geisha.After WW2, the geisha culture declined, and though I believe it was an exploitation of the female species, I actually grieved right along with the author as the culture dissipated."Now, any girl with make-up and a fan can be a geisha".(the movie shows this decline in detail)If you like "period" movies, and exploring different cultures and traditions, you will absolutely love this book! My husband thought it was a "chick flick" (I know, typical male), but was pleasantly surprised when he watched the movie (he had no choice) with me. LOLI recommend the book and movie to all age groups, and a man OR a woman!


If you are currently reading or about to read "Memoirs of a Geisha" this is a gorgeous visual refrence from the film. True, the movie and pictures kinda blow-it for the imaginative reader, but if you are anything like me who is facinated by the beauty of the ancient japanese culture, you will not be disappointed by these stunning pictures captured from the film. It also puts what is happening in the book into visual perspective.




Read the book before you see the film.

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