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New Art of Geisha in Hollywood

December 22 2005
12:04

"After reading the book, I realized that this story is just bursting onto the big screen!" - Producer Douglas Wick (Gladiator)

These words have been said about the bestselling Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha "1997 - the fascinating history of the fate of one of the most famous geishas of the twentieth century Nitto Sayyuri.

It is now based on the novel the film is considered one of the main contenders for the Academy Award - 2006. He has already has two nominations for a Golden Globe Award: Zhang Ziyi - for Best Actress in a drama movie "and John Williams - for best soundtrack.

The film takes place before the Second World War. Pretty little girl from a poor Japanese families give in the service of a geisha house. Over the years, pretty blooms and knows all the mysteries of their profession. The most influential men become locked in a famous geisha named Sayuri, has reached perfection in his art. But in the heart Sayuri lives for love to over which it spells no control. The secret of his passion of love she trusts only the pages of the diary.

Zhang Ziyi (leading lady): "I have left a strong impression on the novel by Arthur Golden. Hard to believe that man, and especially American, is able to so sensitively and in detail to convey the little-known features of the Japanese subculture. "

Directed by Rob Marshall: "This story is very touching. It struck me how it describes the history of girls who managed to survive and find true love, which was taboo for her, after she was virtually sold into slavery. "

Producer Steven Spielberg: "Memoirs of a Geisha" - one of the most impressive books I have ever read! I touched on themes of love, rivalry between Sayuri and Hatsumomo and friendship between the Chairman and Nobu. I think that this story will attract the attention of moviegoers around the world, as it represents not only a historical fact about the history of certain people, but also close to people from different countries, and close, of course, me. "

Eight years ago, Spielberg bought the film rights to the novel "Memoirs of a Geisha." In 1998, he announced that he decided to shoot a movie on this novel, but being engaged in numerous projects, will make no director, and producer of the picture. Staging engaged Rob Marshall, the famed movie "Chicago."

Wrote the soundtrack to the owner of the five Oscar statuettes, a famous composer John Williams.

Shooting pictures of the past in California, as Filmmakers decided that Gion - the geisha district in Kyoto (the place of Arthur Golden's novel) - too modern and not suitable for transmission of the atmosphere 20 - 30-ies.

Some scenes were filmed at the famous Japanese garden, Hakone, a tea cafe, where the crew managed to spoil an impressive amount of expensive and rare Japanese handmade carpets.

Briefly about the film:

Romantic drama
USA, 2005, 144 min.
Budget: $ 90 million
Director: Rob Marshall ("Chicago")
Screenwriter: Robin Suikord ("Practical Magic", "Matilda", "Perez Family")
Producers: Steven Spielberg ("The Legend of Zorro," "The Terminal", "Catch Me If You Can," "Men in Black - 2", "Jurassic Park - 3") and Lucy Fisher ("Peter Pan," "Stuart Little - 2), Douglas Wick ("Gladiator," "Hush!")

Starring:Zhang Ziyi ("2046", "House of Flying Daggers", "Hero"), Ken Watanabe ("Batman: Begins, The Last Samurai", "Tampopo"), Gong Li ("2046", "Zhou Yu Train" "Shanghai Triad," "Chinese Box"), Michelle Yeoh ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Tomorrow Never Dies"), Koji Yakushi ("eel", "Healing," "Taxi kamikaze"), Paul Adelshtayn ("Intolerable Cruelty", "Collateral")

Soundtrack: John Williams (5 Oscar and 41 nominations for various festival awards)


Artists - cellist Yo-Yo Ma ("7 Years in Tibet") and violinist Yitzhak Perlman ("Oscar" for best soundtrack for the film "Schindler's List")

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Константин Дятлов

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