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Film Review: Memoirs of a Geisha

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This Month's Film: Memoirs of a Geisha
Cuisine: Japanese

Based upon the critically acclaimed novel by Arthur Golden, this much-anticipated film tells the tale of Chiyo, a nine-year-old girl from an impoverished family whose father sells her and her sister into indentured servitude to a Kyoto geisha house in 1929, early in the reign of Emperor Hirohito. Life is unbearably hard for Chiyo at first, as she is separated from her beloved sister and harshly treated by the wicked geisha Hatsumomo.

However, it soon becomes apparent to Hatsumomo’s rival Mameha that Chiyo has the makings of a fine geisha herself, and with Mameha’s mentorship, she begins her maiko training, a process that involves many years of practicing transcendent social skills and mastering the refined arts of music, poetry, dance and calligraphy.

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