* AwesomeMusic: Creator/StevenSpielberg was aiming to direct the movie; [[Film/{{Chicago}} Rob Marshall]] ultimately did so, but Spielberg remained on board as one of the producers - and his regular composer JohnWilliams rose to the occasion.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Many people find Hatsumomo the best thing in TheMovie.
* UnintentionallySympathetic:
** Pumpkin's revenge against Sayuri is meant to be a major KickTheDog, but as she points out to Sayuri, Sayuri took Pumpkin's life goal of becoming officially adopted by the okiya and becoming one of the most successful geisha in Gion, and she ''didn't really even want that''; it was all just "a stepping stone" to get to the Chairman. Under those circumstances, it's easy to feel like Pumpkin's revenge was justified, even if Sayuri hadn't ''meant'' to ruin Pumpkin's life.%%* UnfortunateImplications: ''Several.'' Let's just say that Arthur Golden didn't do much research on several fronts [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement and leave it at that.]]
** Similarly to the Pumpkin situation, Nobu's reaction to Sayuri could be seen as extreme, but she did make him believe she loved him, under instruction from Mameha, so his feelings of betrayal when she and the Chairman get together is pretty justified, especially as the Chairman pretty much orchestrated the whole thing.
* TheWoobie: Pumpkin. Not as ''pretty'' as Sayuri, not as ''talented'' as Sayuri, not as ''smart'' as Sayuri, not as ''lucky'' as Sayuri, and browbeaten by her [[NoHeroToHisValet supposed mentor]] Hatsumomo into the bargain. Oh, and Sayuri is unwittingly responsible for Pumpkin's downfall.
** Chiyo, at least until Mameha decides to take her on.