Memoirs of a Geisha
I thought the headline of thisthis New York Times article about the upcoming film version of Memoirs of a Geisha
was a bit misleading. "Memoirs of a Chinese-American Geisha" almost implies that the title actress is Chinese American
, when she is not--in the starring role is the PRC's Zhang Ziyi, of Crouching Tiger
, and Flying Daggers
fame. It doesn't really matter, except that would have been rather remarkably odd in its own right; instead the title refers to the fact that this is a story written by Americans and produced and directed by Americans, starring mostly Chinese stars, about the Japanese Geisha culture before and during the War.
I was taken aback by the still the Times published--Zhang Ziyi is almost unrecognizable in profile. The difference is particularly notable since, in the last film I saw of hers, The House of Flying Daggers
, she basically opens up as an ancient Chinese version of a Geisha. So the difference isn't the fact that she's actually smiling and graceful, but that she's caked in white make-up. It will be interesting to see her in a movie where she doesn't try to kill anyone. Unless they changed the story considerably to better suit her repertoire.