November 29, 2005

Geisha Controversy

"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."

--I'd highly recommend this book if you haven't read it yet.

Posted by: Lawrenkm at 08:00 AM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 ummmmm... I've never seen a Geisha with blue eyes.

Posted by: Donna at December 01, 2005 01:31 PM (q8QN7)

2 In the book her character has striking gray eyes... this must be their literal translation of that.

Posted by: Silly at December 06, 2005 02:37 PM (HVTOz)

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