Memoirs of a Geisha

On saturday, we went to see 'Memoirs of a Geisha'. This is quite a gentle film overall, set against some quite unpleasant events - for example the selling of a small girl to a Geisha house, oh yes, World War 2 as well.

I'm no slouch when it comes to movie plots, but even so there were a few points in the film where I became a little lost at sea - 'What is going on here?' This was temporary and it did become clear. Part of the confusion could have been the lack of familiarity with the world of Geisha, and the clarity arrived as more pieces fell into place.

There are still a few aspects that are unclear, for example, the Geisha is bonded to one client for 'intimate' purposes, so what are the other clients paying for? Tea? (For detail on this question, see The Immortal Geisha website) However, things were made clear enough for the essential story to be followed. The film had the seemingly ever present Michelle Yeoh, who seems to be in a lot of East Asian Cinema (yes, this one was filmed in LA but nonetheless)

The Academy will like this one, I think.