History Literature / MemoirsOfAGeisha

25th Sep '16 6:36:23 PM tv1995
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* ButtMonkey: Pumpkin.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Chairman, the Baron, the General. The Chairman is an odd case, because Mameha ''does'' refer to him by his real name (Iwamura Ken) at one point but Sayuri, who's in love with him, does not.

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Chairman, the Baron, the General. The Chairman is an odd case, because Mameha ''does'' refer to him by his real name (Iwamura Ken) at one point but Sayuri, who's in love with him, does not. Pumpkin to. Though her geisha name is Hatsumiyo, everyone just calls her Pumpkin.
18th Aug '16 10:44:04 PM Scabbard
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* KimonoFanService: all three kinds.

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* KimonoFanService: all All three kinds.
9th Aug '16 7:59:46 PM fireheart
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** Hell, Sayuri is this to her older biological sister, Satsu. Before they get separated, people are constantly remarking how much prettier Chiyo is than Satsu, quite often when Satsu is within earshot.

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** Hell, Sayuri is this to her older biological sister, Satsu.Satsu, although not intentionally. Before they get separated, people are constantly remarking how much prettier Chiyo is than Satsu, quite often when Satsu is within earshot.



* CostumePorn: Have you ''seen'' those kimono? But given the importance of kimono - well-made kimono and lots of them were expected of geisha - this is hardly unexpected. In the movie, this is an EnforcedTrope: the directors didn't want the costumes to be perfect replicas. Rather they wanted them to look good on screen, and purposefully changed them slightly.

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* CostumePorn: Have you ''seen'' those kimono? But given the importance of kimono - well-made kimono and lots of them were expected of geisha - this is hardly unexpected. In the movie, this is an EnforcedTrope: the directors didn't want the costumes to be perfect replicas. Rather they wanted them to look good on screen, and purposefully changed them slightly. It was also explained that the designs of the kimono reflected each character in subtle ways.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Chairman, the Baron, the General. The Chairman is an odd case, because Mameha ''does'' refer to him by his real name (Iwamura Ken) but Sayuri, who's in love with him, does not.

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Chairman, the Baron, the General. The Chairman is an odd case, because Mameha ''does'' refer to him by his real name (Iwamura Ken) at one point but Sayuri, who's in love with him, does not.



* {{Jerkass}}: Hatsumomo, who gets away with it because she's the okiya's breadwinner.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Hatsumomo, who gets away with it because she's the okiya's breadwinner. This gradually gets subverted in the novel however, as Mother's patience starts to wear thin.



* 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.

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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. Sayuri also acts in a similar manner, although it's less clear whether she was taught this or if it's because she can empathise with them.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Pumpkin, in a way. [[spoiler:She plays the drunk bimbo when Sayuri asks her for help, but winds up completely screwing her over.]]

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Pumpkin, in a way. [[spoiler:She plays the drunk bimbo when Sayuri asks her for help, but winds up completely screwing her over.]]]] Mameha also encourages this behaviour in Sayuri at first, purely to avoid Hatsumomo's abuse.
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.
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