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Memoirs of a Geisha
  Release Date: 12/16/05 (Future Release)

Starring: Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Koji Yakusho, Yoki Kudo

Director: Rob Marshall

Rating: (PG-13)
  Drama, Romance
  Running Time
  136 min
  Sony Pictures
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There’s not a moment of surprise or artistic spontaneity in what I presume is a pretty faithful adaptation of Arthur Golden’s best-selling novel about a thirties-era peasant girl, Sayuri (Ziyi Zhang), who’s trained to become a glam geisha. Director Rob Marshall (Chicago) has made a beautiful-looking film that’s emotionally inert and far too long for the slim tale it has to tell: Sweet Sayuri becomes competition for a rival, conniving geisha (Gong Li) while pining for the handsome Chairman (Ken Watanabe). The performances by these fine actors are hemmed in and halting, as though every scene had been so overdesigned and overthought that all cinema life has been drained out of them.— Reviewed by Ken Tucker, New York Magazine