History Literature / MemoirsOfAGeisha

25th May '16 5:24:42 AM mitsumii
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* HollywoodHistory: Despite how the book gives the impression of being a biography and based on real life, it's pure fiction and contains many inaccuracies and inconsistencies. The one most aficionados would name first is the auctioning of the virginity of maiko about to graduate as geiko.
**In fact, the book was "inspired" by the life of the real geisha [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineko_Iwasaki Mineko Iwasaki]]. After ''Memoirs'' was published, Iwasaki lost friends, received criticism and even death threats. She got so upset at the author, Arthur Golden, that she sued him for breach of contract and defamation of character and then wrote her own book (Geisha of Gion) to counter all the fictionalization.



* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: Though it's made clear that geisha are not prostitutes, they do traditionally lose their virginity to the highest bidder. In Sayuri's case, her thoughts during the procedure run along the lines of her attempts to "put all the force of my mind to work in making a sort of mental barrier between [the man] and me… I searched the shadows on the ceiling for something to distract me."

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* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: Though it's made clear that geisha are not prostitutes, they do traditionally at the time the movie is set in, it's known that some greedier okiya forced them to lose their virginity to the highest bidder.bidder (a practice more common amongst [[HighClassCallGirl Oiran]]). In Sayuri's case, her thoughts during the procedure run along the lines of her attempts to "put all the force of my mind to work in making a sort of mental barrier between [the man] and me… I searched the shadows on the ceiling for something to distract me."
28th Apr '16 3:20:40 AM K
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** Sayuri relates an anecdote about a party she and Mameha attended at a man's house. On their way out, the man's wife paid each of the geisha, and asked Mameha the favor of passing along another geisha's share, since she had "gone home earlier with a headache." Sayuri explains that the geisha in question was actually the man's mistress and was keeping him company in another wing of the house, and the man's wife knew it just as well as they did.
5th Dec '15 9:49:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* EnforcedMethodActing: MichelleYeoh's unexpected exit, following "If you are found to be worthless...!" according to the director's commentary. They told her to leave the room after delivering the line, but Ziyi Zhang wasn't told that she would do so. It worked — after shouting in reply "I am not worthless!", she started crying before tearfully repeating the line to the now empty room.



* FakeNationality: The three lead actresses are Chinese; Ziyi had to not only learn English for the role, but learn to speak it with a Japanese accent.
** While the actress who played the young Pumpkin is of Japanese origin she lives in America and had to learn how to speak in an Japanese accent as well.



* [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey, It's That Guy!]]: [[Series/{{Monk}} Captain Stottlemeyer]]. Or if you prefer, [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs Buffalo Bill]].
5th Dec '15 9:48:46 AM Morgenthaler
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23rd Aug '15 9:03:02 PM nombretomado
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* [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey, It's That Guy!]]: [[{{Monk}} Captain Stottlemeyer]]. Or if you prefer, [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs Buffalo Bill]].

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* [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey, It's That Guy!]]: [[{{Monk}} [[Series/{{Monk}} Captain Stottlemeyer]]. Or if you prefer, [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs Buffalo Bill]].
28th May '15 9:29:36 PM K
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* FatalFlaw: Hatsumomo wasn't able to destroy Sayuri and preserve her popularity in Gion due to her bad character that has alienated people who could be useful to her (such as Mother or proprietaress of the Ichiriki teahouse), and her own admirers. Sayuri specifically points out that Hatsumomo was successful enough that most okiya would still have wanted her after she bit the kabuki actor, but because she was also known to be cruel enough to do something like that again, no one would think it was worth the trouble.

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* FatalFlaw: Hatsumomo wasn't able to destroy Sayuri and preserve her popularity in Gion due to her bad character that has alienated people who could be useful to her (such as Mother or proprietaress of the Ichiriki Mizuki teahouse), and her own admirers. Sayuri specifically points out that Hatsumomo was successful enough that most okiya would still have wanted her after she bit the kabuki actor, but because she was also known to be cruel enough to do something like that again, no one would think it was worth the trouble.
12th Feb '15 12:01:47 AM K
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* CrypticBackgroundReference: Sayuri makes vague references to many other geisha, actors, and politicians she's known, but didn't play a huge part in her life. Two of the most intriguing are "Mamemitsu back in the 1890s" and "the great Mamekichi." She says at another point that Mameha's name is derived from her older sister, Mametsuki, and Nobu wonders why Sayuri's name isn't "Mame-something," which begs the question-- are Mamemitsu and Mamekichi sisters of Mameha or Mamestuki? Sayuri makes vague references to Mameha's other younger sisters being at her debut ceremonies, but that's all.
11th Feb '15 11:54:55 PM K
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* TheCollectorOfTheStrange: Doctor Crab. Not only does he spend all of his money on teenage girls' virgnities, he likes to keep a sample of their blood from when the hymen breaks.
7th Feb '15 11:52:01 AM K
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* NiceToTheWaiter: Mameha makes a point of being kind and respectful to even the lowest maids, because she understands that she owes her success to everyone who thinks well of her.
1st Feb '15 8:14:02 AM Prfnoff
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''Memoirs of a Geisha'' is an 1997 novel by Arthur Golden -- later [[TheFilmOfTheBook adapted into a 2005 film]] -- about the life of a famous {{geisha}}, Sayuri (formerly Chiyo), who was sold to a geisha house by her father at a young age to be trained in the profession. One day, she meets a man who becomes her main motivation to pursue a career as a geisha, although she soon starts to realize that he is unobtainable. Meanwhile, Sayuri becomes a pawn in an intrigue between two of the most successful geisha in the district. The plot is set in Japan, mainly in the decades around the [[WorldWarII Second World War]].

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''Memoirs of a Geisha'' is an 1997 novel by Arthur Golden -- later [[TheFilmOfTheBook adapted into a 2005 film]] -- about the life of a famous {{geisha}}, Sayuri (formerly Chiyo), who was sold to a geisha house by her father at a young age to be trained in the profession. One day, she meets a man who becomes her main motivation to pursue a career as a geisha, although she soon starts to realize that he is unobtainable. Meanwhile, Sayuri becomes a pawn in an intrigue between two of the most successful geisha in the district. The plot is set in Japan, UsefulNotes/{{Kyoto}}, mainly in the decades around the [[WorldWarII Second World War]].
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