November 29, 2005
"Memoirs of a Geisha" might not play well in Japan because the movie's three lead roles are played by Chinese women Ziyi Zhang, Gong Li and Michelle Yeoh, an ethnic Chinese Malaysian.
And don't expect it to be a hit in China, either. Reuters reports that the Chinese, still bitter over the Japanese occupation from 1931 to 1945, bristle at the idea of Chinese women playing geishas. A blogger in China said of Zhang: "She's sold her soul and betrayed her country. Hacking her to death would not be good enough."
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