Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Director
Rob Marshall

Main cast
Zhang Ziyi; Gong Li; Youki Kudoh; Tsai Chin; Suzuka Ohgo

Genres
Drama, History, Romance

Description
Based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha is a sweeping romantic epic set in a mysterious and exotic world that still casts a potent spell today. The story begins in the years before WWII when a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.


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