At the party where Sayuri, the heroine, makes her debut as a geisha, she has an encounter with the Alpha Bitch, Hatsumomo:
Hatsumomo: "Sayuri"... a name as sweet as she is. I'm afraid these days even a common chambermaid can call herself a geisha. So it's nice to see such a sincere young maiko, isn't it? General: Why yes! Mameha: Surely you would like to thank Hatsumomo for her gracious compliments? Sayuri: There is so much I would like to say to Hatsumomo. Hatsumomo: Sometimes the smartest remark is silence. Sayuri: What better advice to follow than your own? Mameha: Sayuri... Hatsumomo: Ah, a maiko. I was one myself, once. Sayuri: Of course... but it's been such a very long, long, long, long time.
There's a scene with the Mameha (Michelle Yeoh) teaching the protagonist, Sayuri (Zhang Zhiyi) that a true geisha can stop a man with her eyes. She demonstrates and then asks Sayuri to do so, which Sayuri does to a passer by riding a bicycle, causing him to crash.