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Although this movie has been out for awhile, I saw it for the first time recently...I decided to write about it in my blog because from what I understand now the Geisha were beautiful woman who were not prostitutes but live works of art. A quote from the movie...
"Remember, Chiyo, geisha are not courtesans. And we are not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word "geisha" means artist and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art"
A geisha was to be a woman who was so beautiful that she could stop a man in his tracks with just one look.
The story begins in the years before WWII when a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri. Beautiful and accomplished, Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the one man who is out of her reach.
This movie did not get great reviews but I highly recommend it. I guess I could relate to the geisha in one way with my experiences with AdultFriendFinder because I have been seen and heard and not touched. I longed to be admired because I have felt like I was no longer admired by my husband. Not to have sex with another man but to stop him in his tracks with one look, Ahhhhh that to me is satisfaction!
But I have to be careful not to end up like the lead character in the movie with a secret lover out of my reach or my own heart may break....
6/12/2006 8:00 pm
I love the book and the movie was well done...it is difficult to capture the whole essence of the book into a movie ...yet I felt it was very well done...|
A Geisha really was a sort of "mistress" to the highest bidder who deflowers her...her reward would be for her "nobu" to financially take care of her for the rest of her life...
Although they were highly trained in the art of entertaining their prospective nobu...she nonetheless had to serve him dutifully...much as a mistress, wife, slave, entertainer,and so on...
I loved how a man's penis is described as an "eel" looking for a home "Cave"...the woman's beautiful intimate part...
One of her duties is to let the man "pour out his feelings" much like a water poured from a bucket...be a good listener...conversationalist...she had to be very knowledgeable to the world around her in order to engage in conversation...
I know women's lib would not like the concept of a Geisha but the romantic feminine part of me says...we could learn a lot at how specialized their service were to their "nobu"....love the book...
TY for reminding me...They really are the best in the Art of Pleasing a Man...
6/12/2006 8:09 pm
Ive thought about posting something about this film for a long time. Its beautifully made, but thats all I can say that is good about it. It portrays an aspect of Japanese culture as perceived by an American male writer. The major role was played not by a Japanese actress, but by a Chinese actress. |
Most Japanese people who have seen this film are reluctant to criticise it to westerners, but they think it is truly silly and resent the false impressions that it will continue to spread about the Japanese.
6/12/2006 11:31 pm
Glad to see you're safely back to us hun. We see and hear you through your blog -- and you touch some of us through your words. I have no idea if you could stop me in my tracks but I can tell you it's possible. And there is some admiration for you already. |
There's not a hint of phoney in your posts. It's easy to sense your heart, your strength of character, your struggles, and your passion out here. All of them admirable qualities.
Your man may not notice but many of us will. If he realizes what he's got in you and how precious you truly are ... out here we haven't got a chance. That would make him the exception tho'... and it's a hard lesson for most of us to learn.
I am at a point where I have no idea what I want but a pretty good handle on what I don't want. Geisha sounds nice (the Y chromosome talking)