In the meantime, Spielberg's DreamWorks partner David Geffen had tried to persuade him not to take on the project, feeling it was "not good enough for him". Wick and Fisher approached Rob Marshall , who was interested in doing a non-musical after Annie and Chicago. This brought a third company into Memoirs of a Geisha, as Marshall was still signed to release his next film through Chicago distributors Miramax. Production[ edit ] The orange gateways at the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto , used in a scene wherein a young Chiyo runs through them Production of the film took place from September 29, to January 31, It was decided by the producers that contemporary Japan looked much too modern to film a story which took place between the s and s and it would be more cost-effective to create sets for the film on soundstages and locations in the United States, primarily in California. The majority of the film was shot on a large set built on a ranch in Thousand Oaks , California  which was a detailed recreation of an early twentieth-century geisha district in Kyoto , Japan.
This immensely satisfying book got a tepid adaptation by Robin Swicord and Doug Wright, and it begs for a better screen play than what was chosen to be shown on the screen. Director Bob Marshall's next venture after his successful and popular "Chicago" seemed, at least on paper, like the right candidate to be in command of the film version of the book, but what he has created seems to have become an oriental soap opera, at best. The story is narrated in the first person by Sayuri who has been sold by their impoverished father. The novel is a chronicle of how Sayuri learns to become a geisha and her rivalry with the queen of them all, Hatsumomo.
Putting on the Ritz 01 Sep Becoming a geisha is a notoriously long and difficult process. In the past, girls could be bonded to a geisha house or okiya as children, and training today can still last for over five years. Apprentices, known as maiko, are trained in the traditonal Japanese arts, as well as in social skills such as tea-serving and conversation. Strangely enough, it was once again the shamisen which tipped the balance in her favour. It was only because I already knew how to play the shamisen that I was allowed to do it.
Perceived as less attractive in looks and demeanor, Satsu is not sold into the okiya and is instead traded into the Tatsuyo House and is forced into becoming a prostitute in Kyoto's pleasure district. She promptly takes to disliking Chiyo, whom she sees as a potential future rival who may threaten her place in the okiya and Gion, as well as Mother's financial dependence upon her earnings. Hatsumomo begins to go out of her way to get rid of Chiyo, even withholding the knowledge of Satsu's whereabouts in the pleasure district to make her do her dirty work and get blamed for it. Auntie warns Chiyo against both angering and trusting Hatsumomo, knowing the ill-mannered geisha's true nature very well.