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by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:18 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Hoshi: Yes, it totally does! I think you nailed it, Yuna-chan! Now I'll never see it the same way again :P I like the variety of posters Japan had for the movie (the one of Chiyo's my favorite :) ). It reminds me of what sometimes happens with big action flicks here in the US that are based on game...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:15 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Yuna-chan: I think what I've heard they don't concentrate on other characters very much at all. Did they at all even explain why Mameha wanted Hatsumono out of the picture... :? Which poster do you prefer. Here are some: http://www.michelleyeoh.info/Movie/Mg/mgposters.html I actually have a small v...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:14 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Hoshi: You know, it's so weird that I don't even remember that part from the book. It was such a quick scene in the movie, and because it was, I don't think viewers had the chance to digest it. Sure, I saw their eyes get all big when Pumpkin ate the squid, but I could tell that by later on the movi...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:12 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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setsumomo: I am very surprised no one has commented on the part with Pumpkin and the squid on a stick. I especially loved that section in the book and was a little disappointed when they dedicated all of 2 seconds to it in the film. While reading about it in the book, I could just see her running h...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:11 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Samurai Soul: China cancels release of 'Memoirs of a Geisha' NEW YORK -- The Chinese government has canceled the release of "Memoirs of a Geisha" -- a decision made amid speculation that officials are worried the sight of Chinese actresses playing Japanese geisha would stir a backlash. The film ori...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:10 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Brandeana: I'll proudly announce that I've paid $9.25 three times to go see Memoir's and my last time was paid in quarters, dimes and nickles out of my change jar. One of the biggest points that drew me into the movie is how they made the colors very poignant. When it was snowy, it was white, and w...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:09 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Tomoe: I finally watched the film last 20th January! Well, I think it is very well done, I love the film because it follows the book version a lot, but I think they could have added something about Sayuri's future, when she lives in New York and so... Well, and Pumpkin's photograph ( Hoshi' s post)...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:08 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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setsumomo: I really liked how Gong Li portrayed the evil nature of Hatsumomo. She always seemed to me like a poisonous snack about the strike. Especially when she would get in Sayuri's face. She had so much anger and hate towards everyone and everything, that you could almost feel the descent into ...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:07 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Hoshi: You know, you're right about that. They did keep her gradual descent into insanity in there, but at times that seemed to be the main characteristic of Hatsumomo as opposed to her manipulative streak, which I think they only emphasized when Sayuri was making her debut and Hatsumomo and Pumpki...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:06 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Yuna-chan:

I wished they would have made Hatsumono more they way she was in the book(manipulative) now it seems she just is a jealous drunk.
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:06 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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kabuki_callgirl: Stuff that you have probs already heard before Watching it right now ITS ALL SO WRONG Make up all wrong for a Maiko Nobu has both arms Too many white collars for the Maiko But Ken Wantabe rocks (Its the sumo scene right now) But Gong Li Is so beautiful I havent seen much...this is ...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:05 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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kugepoet: A little background history might help here. Kyoto was originally known as Heiankyo and was the Imperial capital of Japan from 794 CE until 1868 CE with the Meiji Restoration and the renaming of Edo as Tokyo (literally "Eastern Capital.") In 1192 after the Genpei wars, a military governme...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:04 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Hoshi: Miyako means "capital," which used to Kyoto until 1868 when the capital was formally moved to Edo/Tokyo during the restoration. Given that this story took place many years later makes me curious about why they kept calling their city Miyako, but I don't know the history of that time well eno...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:56 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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setsumomo: I saw the movie when it opened nationwide on 23Dec2005. Last night, me and a friend who had lived 7 years in Japan went to see it. I wanted his perspective since he would understand my complaints over details a little more than the average person. Here is what I thought The hairsytles ki...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:55 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Yuna-chan: I read that article and it alsom said that she would be wearing the kimonos to the japanese premiere. But some people said that that news was never confirmed to be true. Yes, it seems that Pumpkin is the only one who looks like a real maiko, sadly but I thought that one of Gong Li's hair...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:55 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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orastella: Ok, so now we know they could have done an accurate maiko look. I wish I knew why they did not. The movie would stand the test of time better if it were accurate to the actual geisha look. I know the plot is right out of Cinderella, but they could have at lease been honest to the geisha ...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:54 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Tomoe: I watched that picture a month ago and I got surprised! :tayuu Because Pumpkin looks like a real maiko, wow! 8O The thing that makes me wonder is why Sayuri, Hatsumono and another geisha characters aren't like that. What do you think about it? Maybe is true what Hoshi said. I haven't watched...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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AutumnCherryBlossom: I saw this movie last week and while I loved the scenery and settings, I really missed the full white makeup and the true geisha and maiko hairstyles. Not that the ones they had were awful, just not correct. My guesses for their reasons for not doing the full makeup and hairsty...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Yuna-chan: That is what I also find a bit odd when Rob Marshall seems to think that all asians look alike. But I believe he should just have stepped up and said that he did not care for any japanese actresses for the roles instead of saying that he auditioned all over Japan and could not find a act...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:50 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Jilara: Just that Japan isn't all of Asia... I think mister Marshall needs lessons in history. That's actually one of my biggest issue with it. I's like "If it looks Asian it's all the same" yuck... I think that makes it a tad bit racist and arrogant towards other, foreign, cultures. It's like sayi...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:49 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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SayuriWhispers: It was a nice escape for an evening and is a beautifully executed fantasy that hovers between the fantasy created by Golden and the expectations of misguided hollywood intentions. It is neither the first or last inaccurate glimps of a cultural enigma that I still love to watch. It r...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Hoshi: Those are very good points. I find it sorta amusing and disheartening to know that there are still people out there who see all Asians as "looking alike," but will cop an attitude the moment Mel Gibson is cast as a Scotsman in Braveheart (okay, that was his film, so he could do whatever he w...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:47 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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ardhanariswar: I honestly don't think its that big of a deal. I mean, seriously, there are plenty of american actors who took on roles of other ethnicities. Like brad pitt in troy. But we all say, yeah well he's white. Well its the same case for asians. One part that many people do not consider tha...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:47 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Musashi: Agreed, you can't put everything into the movie (that goes for any book and any movie). But the way I see it, Sayuri as movie is like... Saving Private Ryan with American soldiers carrying M-16s assault rifles and riding on M1 tanks instead of Shermans... It's the little details. [Broken l...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:46 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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user112588: i rather liked gong li as hatsumomo. she has a very beautiful face, very strong and angular but seductive-exactly how i pictured hatsumomo. when you first see her in the movie she looks fantastic-decending down the steps of the okiya, the lights illuminating her face. i suppose they ton...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:45 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Mizuhana: Well, I do somewhat understand why they didn't put everything from the book into the movie, having don my Bachelor's Degree in film study. What the director looks for is to captivate the audience, to have all their attention, to keep them on edge. Therefore, you have to keep everything mo...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:44 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Hoshi: If I recall correctly, Pumpkin's geisha name was Hatsumiya in order to show her relation to her "sister" Hatsumomo. The whole thing in the novel (and in other resources) about the importance of choosing auspicious names was really interesting, and I was disappointed that the movie didn't mak...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:44 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Mizuhana:

Oh I loved Pumpkin too! Zoe Weizenbaum as well as Youki Kudoh. I loved how Youki Kudoh was able to portray both shy pre WWII Pumpkin as well as loud americanized Pumpkin. Plus I like the nickname. It's really cute.

But I have yet to buy the book so her Geisha name is a mystery to me.
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:43 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Hoshi: I saw the movie a few nights ago and I've been mulling over my reaction to it since. I would be lying to myself if I said it was better than "all right." Given all the info that was about it before it came out, combined with all of our shared knowledge here, I went in with lowered expectatio...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:42 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: Memoirs of a Geisha - Movie Review/Article Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 1033

Re: Memoirs of a Geisha - Movie Review/Article Thread

Musashi: Welcome to Kyoto, California By KAORI SHOJI Memoirs of a Geisha Rating: * * (out of 5) Japanese title: Sayuri Director: Rob Marshall Running time: 145 minutes Language: English Currently showing [See Japan Times movie listings] It's a tough job but someone's gotta do it. It all strikes me ...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:41 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Mizuhana: I saw the movie on the 27th. I liked it alright. It was a nice movie, I loved it when little Chiyo and Pumpkin go to Geisha school for the first time. I don't yet know enough about kitsuke to know how off they were. Same for the hair (althought I'm getting a good idea). The kanzashi did l...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:40 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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ardhanariswar: Actually they did use white make up on sayuri and hatsumomo in some scenes. Sayuri did have her face painted while she formally entertained, but that was only during a few scene. You also have to realize that geisha don't wear their white make up all day; so when sayuri is practicing...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:39 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Tomoe: Hi! I'm reading your opinions about Memoirs of a Geisha and I'm confused, because here in Spain we can't watch it yet . :cry: I watched some photographs and I got a lot of information about the movie, but I think it isn't enaugh. I don't like the hairdressing of geisha in the movie in genera...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:38 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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ardhanariswar: I read that and I watched the movie a second time. this only happened when hatsumomo was wearing that red kimono (yukata) with just a simple sash. she goes out into the yard and says to chiyo "she still stinks, of fish!" actually, in the beginning of the book, Chiyo decides to go wit...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:37 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Yuna-chan:

Someone at imdb had noticed while watching the movie that in some parts the kimonos were folded the wrong way like you would dress a person who has died(not that I ever remeber which way)
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:36 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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Shukumei: I saw the film just a couple of weeks ago, and I liked it a lot. Of course, just as Mojuko-san said, I wasn't expecting an accurate documentary either (not that I could point out any of the errors, with my currently almost non-existant knowledge of the subject :cry:), but I rather enjoyed...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:36 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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mojuko: I finally had time to go see the dreaded movie and I was pleasently suprised. I did not expect a movie based on a fictional event to be a documentary, so perhaps it helped. I found the Memoirs movie to be an enchanting vision based on the book. I did find the lack of traditional hair styles...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:34 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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littlebird246: OH MAN! You people don't even know how much I missed this board. iv'e been posting over at gaijin geisha...I love Viviens stuff, and she is my IDOL, but it's just not the same crowd over there. I saw it this last weekend...I could have been very disappointed, but I decided not to be....
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:34 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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lngrid: Thank you for the warm, gracious welcomes. Thank you so much for bringing back the forums! I'm so glad my original post didn't come off trollish. Please don't let my opinons put anyone off of seeing the movie. There is a lot in it that's good. Li Gong, Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh are very ...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:33 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

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kanzashi-san: hi ! long time no see!! i was even more let down than i was expecting to be the only real nihongami that was done properly was for pumpkin on her debut (not even for the main character), but u dont see it for any more than 5 seconds... there were some pretty kimono in the movie, thoug...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:31 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION
Replies: 53
Views: 5001

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA MOVIE -- POST RELEASE DISCUSSION

lngrid: I just saw Memoirs of a Geisha and I had a mixed reaction. Things I liked: * Ken Watanabe. * The movie's faithfullness to the early part of the story. The girls' cries at being separated from their families and each other made me cry! * Ken Watanabe. * Suzuka Ohgo as Chiyo. * Ken Watanabe. ...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:27 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: Memoirs of a Geisha - Movie Review/Article Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 1033

Re: Memoirs of a Geisha - Movie Review/Article Thread

Yuna-chan: This was also interesting: The movie version, directed by "Chicago's" Rob Marshall and written by Robin Swicord, has, frankly, Americanized the story. By this I mean the filmmakers make characters crasser, ignore nuances within geisha tradition and give characters attitudes and dialogue ...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:24 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: Memoirs of a Geisha - Movie Review/Article Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 1033

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Hoshi: Oh gawd, the Rotten Tomatoes article was brutal, but I enjoyed it. It's sad that the film only a 35% fresh rating, but there's something to that. Some of the positive reviews they posted aren't necessarily positive, either. The same thing happened with Fantastic Four --bad thing to compare o...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:23 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: Memoirs of a Geisha - Movie Review/Article Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 1033

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Lady Luck: That was a good article and despite my not being the "know-all" of geisha culture, I couldn't agree more. The movie met all my low expectations--from the acting(which was at once dull and phony) to the lack of authenticity. I wanted a movie that was far more faithful to details and could...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:19 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: Memoirs of a Geisha - Movie Review/Article Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 1033

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I found this interesting one this morning: Geisha's 'memoirs' have serious flaws FILM REVIEW SARAH KAUFMAN SHIZUMI Manale is kneeling in a sea of brilliant silk. Yards and yards of costly hand-tinted and embroidered kimonos are spread before her on tatami mats. She unfolds them with devotional care;...
by IG Team
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: Memoirs of a Geisha
Topic: Memoirs of a Geisha - Movie Review/Article Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 1033

Memoirs of a Geisha - Movie Review/Article Thread

Have you read a review or article about Memoirs of a Geisha movie? It doesn't matter if it was good or bad - post a link to it here.

Eventually I'll have all of these put up on the Memoirs of a Geisha Movie info page and the FAQ.
by IG Team
Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:47 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Fukuharu - Gion Higashi - Okatome Okiya
Replies: 1
Views: 866

Re: Fukuharu - Gion Higashi - Okatome Okiya

Minarai:

ID by muhvi: Miharu and Tsunekazu with Fukuharu

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by IG Team
Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:37 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Tanekazu - Miyagawacho - Takayoshi Okiya
Replies: 0
Views: 757

Tanekazu - Miyagawacho - Takayoshi Okiya

Minarai:

ID by muhvi: Tanekazu and perhaps Tanefumi (not sure about this)

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by IG Team
Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:32 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Taneju - Miyagawacho - Takayoshi Okiya [Retired]
Replies: 10
Views: 1310

Re: Taneju - Miyagawacho - Takayoshi Okiya [Retired]

Minarai:

ID by muhvi: Toshiyui on the left I guess, others are Taneju and Fukumari.

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by IG Team
Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Geisha and Maiko
Topic: Artisan or Courtesan? Prostitute or mistress? Opinions...
Replies: 2
Views: 909

Re: Artisan or Courtesan? Prostitute or mistress? Opinions...

littlebird246: My personal interpretation of the difference is that a Geisha is "free", while a courtesan is basically a "slave", indebted to her patron to the point she may never be free. I know it's much more complicated than that, but I got this opinion from reading "Women of the Pleasure Quarte...
by IG Team
Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: Geisha and Maiko
Topic: Artisan or Courtesan? Prostitute or mistress? Opinions...
Replies: 2
Views: 909

Re: Artisan or Courtesan? Prostitute or mistress? Opinions...

Ikumatsu: Hm... well I don't really consider a courtesan a prostitute per-say. I consider a courtesan to be a woman who is in a relationship with one high ranking man such as a king or emperor, and usually not out of choice. The Topkapi harem is a perfect example of this. Courtesans play an importa...
by IG Team
Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Geisha and Maiko
Topic: Artisan or Courtesan? Prostitute or mistress? Opinions...
Replies: 2
Views: 909

Artisan or Courtesan? Prostitute or mistress? Opinions...

Musashi: I don't think you can say "a geisha is definitely ***". I'd say, it really depends on what era we're talking about and what level of "geisha-arts". A lower skilled geisha would more likely step towards pillowing with a customer than a higher skilled one. Though, even the star of the Edo pl...
by IG Team
Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Book and Documentary Reviews
Topic: Three Geisha - Kikou Yamata
Replies: 4
Views: 830

Re: Three Geisha - Kikou Yamata

Koumitsu: Well, I found a few books in Japanese, but most of them are out of print. If you are interested, I'll post links to them, but I figured no one wanted to read Japanese. There weren't many web pages in Japanese about her that I could find after a brief search either... [Broken picture remov...
by IG Team
Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Book and Documentary Reviews
Topic: Three Geisha - Kikou Yamata
Replies: 4
Views: 830

Re: Three Geisha - Kikou Yamata

Rogue Angel: Tsumakichi's story almost made me cry. Surely there must be more biographies of her, since it sounded like the tragedy she was involved in was very big news at the time. Probably all the books about her are in Japanese. :( Thanks for the links, Koumitsu! I thought the brief glimpses of...
by IG Team
Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Book and Documentary Reviews
Topic: Three Geisha - Kikou Yamata
Replies: 4
Views: 830

Re: Three Geisha - Kikou Yamata

setsumomo:


Excerpt from one of those links.....

...In 1905, when Junkyo was seventeen years old, her foster father went berserk, murdered six people with a sword, and chopped off Junkyo's arms....

Oh My! How awful!!!!!

Setsumomo
:wink:
by IG Team
Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Book and Documentary Reviews
Topic: Three Geisha - Kikou Yamata
Replies: 4
Views: 830

Re: Three Geisha - Kikou Yamata

Koumitsu: I agree with Rogue Angel...I really couldn't tell how much of this was fact or fiction either. There were numerous typos...I think many are from the translation (French to English, some mistakes are from the fact that the translator did not know any Japanese...sometimes titles are used as...
by IG Team
Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:28 pm
Forum: Book and Documentary Reviews
Topic: Three Geisha - Kikou Yamata
Replies: 4
Views: 830

Three Geisha - Kikou Yamata

Rogue Angel: All the posting about geisha books has reminded me to post about Three Geisha , a book I recently read. This nice old book was written by Kikou Yamata and contains the short biographies of three geisha: Okichi, Okoi, and Tsumakichi. You may have already heard of the first two, as Okich...
by IG Team
Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: Arts
Topic: Crown Hougaku Buyou Kyoukai Kadai Kyoku Buyou Shuu [Video]
Replies: 0
Views: 745

Crown Hougaku Buyou Kyoukai Kadai Kyoku Buyou Shuu [Video]

Koumitsu: It is called "Crown Hougaku Buyou Kyoukai Kadai Kyoku Buyou Shuu." I mentioned it in the "Dance and Music" post in the Culture section and I finally got around to watching it :) It's all Japanese Classical Dance. It's new choreographies to new Enka music. (So you won't find any of the old...
by IG Team
Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: Arts
Topic: Nihon Buyo
Replies: 1
Views: 727

Re: Nihon Buyo

Koumitsu: I found a dance teacher! Her name is Mitsuhiro Bando :) Let me know if anyone else wants to take dance (Nihon Buyou) on the West Coast :) She teaches in LA, San Diego, Monterey, (<- that's all in CA) and in Tacoma, WA! I found a teacher for NY people (it was the only person I could find o...
by IG Team
Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: Arts
Topic: Nihon Buyo
Replies: 1
Views: 727

Nihon Buyo

Koumitsu: I know, I know...old thread...oh well, I like reading them :) Yeah, another super long post... I have some things that might help you get started...erm...what Japanese dance is called in Japanese is "Nihon Buyou" (This will probably help you on your search.) There are different styles, su...
by IG Team
Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:21 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Ichiteru - Pontocho - Masunoya Okiya
Replies: 1
Views: 626

Ichiteru - Pontocho - Masunoya Okiya

Minarai:

Ichiteru on the left, Ichinana on the right.

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by IG Team
Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:08 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Shouko - Gion Kobu - Nishimura Okiya
Replies: 0
Views: 727

Shouko - Gion Kobu - Nishimura Okiya

Gikuyu:

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L ---> R
Geiko Chisako, Maiko Shouko, Geiko Sakiko and Geiko Yukako ^^
by IG Team
Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:05 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Sakiko - Gion Kobu - Nishimura Okiya
Replies: 2
Views: 660

Re: Sakiko - Gion Kobu - Nishimura Okiya

Gikuyu:

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L ---> R
Geiko Chisako, Maiko Shouko, Geiko Sakiko and Geiko Yukako ^^
by IG Team
Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:04 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Yukako - Gion Kobu - Nishimura Okiya
Replies: 3
Views: 769

Re: Yukako - Gion Kobu - Nishimura Okiya

Gikuyu:

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L ---> R
Geiko Chisako, Maiko Shouko, Geiko Sakiko and Geiko Yukako ^^
by IG Team
Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:00 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Chisako - Gion Kobu - Nishimura Okiya
Replies: 0
Views: 754

Chisako - Gion Kobu - Nishimura Okiya

Gikuyu:

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L ---> R
Geiko Chisako, Maiko Shouko, Geiko Sakiko and Geiko Yukako ^^
by IG Team
Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:32 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Teru - Gion - ? [Showa]
Replies: 2
Views: 750

Re: Teru - Gion - ? [Retired]

GoldenPhoenix: Thanks Jaki-san ! I think that black and white photo is more helpful than it seems. I can see the tonal changes in the obi a little better in black and white, and I don't believe the two obi match. In the photo, the obi has seigaiha that are outlined in a darker tone, a detail that d...
by IG Team
Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:31 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Teru - Gion - ? [Showa]
Replies: 2
Views: 750

Re: Teru - Gion - ? [Retired]

Jaki-san:

Her name's Teru, I've got these two postcards of her, unfortunately not an obi shot, perhaps someone else on Flickr has the back view?

One
Two

*Edit:

Here she is again:
Teru with different mon to that of your obi, but rules were more relaxed back then I guess..
by IG Team
Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:30 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Teru - Gion - ? [Showa]
Replies: 2
Views: 750

Teru - Gion - ? [Showa]

GoldenPhoenix: Hello everyone, I'm hoping to get your help. I found this vintage postcard on ebay and I *think* this maiko may be wearing my antique darari. Unfortunately I can't see her crest, but I'd love to find out who she is if its possible. Here's the maiko: http://i103.photobucket.com/albums...
by IG Team
Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:24 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Kocho - Gion Kobu - Masuume Okiya [Retired]
Replies: 1
Views: 667

Re: Kocho - Gion Kobu - Masuume Okiya [Retired]

Hisayakko:

Her geimyo is Kochō and her real name is Fujika. She has a blog called Life at Night. You can see some photos of her geisha life pop in from time to time ;)
by IG Team
Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:23 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Kocho - Gion Kobu - Masuume Okiya [Retired]
Replies: 1
Views: 667

Kocho - Gion Kobu - Masuume Okiya [Retired]

Torahime: http://revolutionarygeisha.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/3/0/10304190/2944729_orig.jpg I'm so embarrassed, but I cannot remember her name for my life. I even went back 6 or 7 pages looking for her, and unless I missed it, it hasn't been asked in awhile. (Fine way to show someone's your favorite ...
by IG Team
Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:28 pm
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Kayo - Gion - ? [Meiji]
Replies: 3
Views: 950

Re: Kayo - Gion - ? [Meiji]

Hisayakko: Of course I don't mind! :lol: I also found another picture of her and some more information! As you said, she is lovely! :lovelove http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9b3cwtGRl1qedijlo1_500.jpg Kayo was a famous Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) during the early Meiji period (1870s) in the Gion d...
by IG Team
Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Kayo - Gion - ? [Meiji]
Replies: 3
Views: 950

Re: Kayo - Gion - ? [Meiji]

gingerbread: Hmm, the face proportions look close! The eyebrows seem different, but she's tilting her head down in that armor photo. Thanks! Do you mind if I post this info on my Tumblr? I'm trying to counter the misinformation. :) Here's another one of her. Yep, looks like our girl! She's really l...
by IG Team
Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Kayo - Gion - ? [Meiji]
Replies: 3
Views: 950

Re: Kayo - Gion - ? [Meiji]

Hisayakko: I assume this is a geisha dressed as a samurai. Her name might be Kayo http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5124/5310485681_df6162e3d7_z.jpg Kayo 江良加代 was a popular Geiko (Geisha) in Gion, Kyoto during the early Meiji period (1870s). At one time she became the mistress of Saionji Kinmochi (1849...
by IG Team
Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Kayo - Gion - ? [Meiji]
Replies: 3
Views: 950

Kayo - Gion - ? [Meiji]

gingerbread: This image is making the rounds on Tumblr with a 'misleading' description claiming it's a female samurai, when the original source says it's from a series of photographs of geisha and kabuki actors. Anyone know who it is, exactly? The source says the photos are from the 1870's. http://...
by IG Team
Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Koai - Gion Kobu - Hiroshimaya Okiya
Replies: 5
Views: 972

Re: Koai - Gion Kobu - Hiroshimaya Okiya

attackofdameepits: I did find it in English on youtube! :katana: Koai: 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD_soR5XnoQ 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k4owTQooHI 3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMA6CXZEJ4s 4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0QMfbTtTEQ 5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUAG5tUIrF...
by IG Team
Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:13 pm
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Koai - Gion Kobu - Hiroshimaya Okiya
Replies: 5
Views: 972

Re: Koai - Gion Kobu - Hiroshimaya Okiya

Tahanala:

Yes indeed, 2003.
by IG Team
Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Koai - Gion Kobu - Hiroshimaya Okiya
Replies: 5
Views: 972

Re: Koai - Gion Kobu - Hiroshimaya Okiya

attackofdameepits:

I am calling Yuiko & Koai. Loved both their documentary's!
by IG Team
Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Koai - Gion Kobu - Hiroshimaya Okiya
Replies: 5
Views: 972

Re: Koai - Gion Kobu - Hiroshimaya Okiya

Hisayakko:

The maiko is Koai and the geiko looks like Manami or maybe Yuiko..

It was taken during Miyako Odori between 2003 and probably 2005
by IG Team
Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Koai - Gion Kobu - Hiroshimaya Okiya
Replies: 5
Views: 972

Re: Koai - Gion Kobu - Hiroshimaya Okiya

Gikuyu:

Looks like its now Geiko Koai..
by IG Team
Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Koai - Gion Kobu - Hiroshimaya Okiya
Replies: 5
Views: 972

Koai - Gion Kobu - Hiroshimaya Okiya

wisteriaobi: Does anybody happen to know who this maiko is? I saw the art print of this picture at the local sushi resturant and then i search for on the internet using the term (Geisha tea ceremony) and this picture come up. It was like almsot a couple of years ago and I do not knwo what is maiko ...
by IG Team
Sun Aug 14, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Fukumi - Miyagawacho - Horiyae Okiya [Retired]
Replies: 1
Views: 710

Fukumi - Miyagawacho - Horiyae Okiya [Retired]

utsusemi:

I tagged her photo because of its unusual dragonfly kanzashi, but now I like her face so much that I would like to know who she is.

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from here
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9gl9 ... o1_250.jpg
by IG Team
Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Umematsu - Kamishichiken - Ichi Okiya [Retired]
Replies: 0
Views: 769

Umematsu - Kamishichiken - Ichi Okiya [Retired]

muhvi:

[Moved from identification thread]

Umematsu and Umechika

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Picture from here.
by IG Team
Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Katsuyakko - Gion Kobu - Odamoto Okiya [Retired]
Replies: 0
Views: 802

Katsuyakko - Gion Kobu - Odamoto Okiya [Retired]

utsusemi:

[Moved from identification thread]

Katsutomo and Katsuyakko

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