Hollywood Themes Utilized to Create Sympathy from Western Audiences


The life of a geisha was not one of choice but of necessity for girls who had been sold to different okiya, or homes. With their other options being slavery or prostitution, the life of a geisha, where a wealthy patron would pull you from poverty, is desirable. However, the lifestyle required strict instruction in […]

Memoirs of a Geisha – Story of Another Kind

Chiyo's Eyes

Introduction Memoirs of a Geisha (Rob Marshall, 2005) is a Hollywood production which tells the life story of a geisha called Chiyo/Sayuri. An adaptation, the movie was based on the historical novel of the same name written by American author Arthur Golden, whose story was based on interviews with real geisha Mineko Iwasaki. The film […]

Memoirs of Geisha: Orientalism and the Limited Transformation of Chiyo


Memoirs of a Geisha Introduction Memoirs of a Geisha is a Hollywood film that was produced in 2005 based on a novel written by Arthur Golden. The film follow the main character, Chiyo, as she is sold to an okiya, separated from her sister, and through a strike of good fortune, transformed into the artful […]

Chinese 208 Memoirs of a Geisha

Section 1 Analysis