QUOTE(penguin|tired @ Jan 17 2006, 04:31 PM) [snapback]339457[/snapback]
btw... the garden scene was filmed about 10mins from where i live at a place called hakone gardens =P
Wow, that garden in the movie is beautiful!!
So, I watched the movie finally, and sadly, I have to agree with penguin|tired
about the casting. I was hoping otherwise, but yeah....
Not that I didn't like the movie.
Actually, I loved the movie, and I'd like to watch it again.
It's a beautifully shot movie, and the love story angle is nicely played, and I liked it.
But, it has that "story based in the exotic country made into a Hollywood movie" feel to it.
And, yes, well known Chinese actresses playing the parts did not help, IMO.
Although I liked Michelle Yeoh in many Chinese movies, I didn't care much for her as Mameha
. She was simply not believable as Geisha to me..
Ziyi Zhang is beautiful in the movie, and I really liked her, but her dancing...
I don't know what to say... it's so Western dancing, and does not look like she is doing Japanese "Mai" dancing (and, I'm not even talking about the "Hirome" dance she performed.)
(Same goes for Michelle Yeoh and her dancing also..)
But, they looked very beautiful doing it.
And, the costumes... Sayori
was "Maiko" untill she got "Uchiage," and Mameha
was "Geiko," and authentic Geisha, such as they were, were supposed to be dressed with very strict traditional dress codes accordingly, from the hair style, to the kind of shoes they wear, how their belts are tied, and the colors of the costumes they wear, and so on and on.
But, in the movie, they aren't followed as such, and that kind of takes away the authenticity of the movie as the story of Geisha.
Nonetheless, it's a beautiful movie, and I enjoyed this one as the Hollywood type adaptation of the story based on the book... (Yes, I love the book very much.)