The award-winning drama film that was censored and is available on Netflix
Viewers often find themselves in front of the screen with no idea what to watch. However, a boom movie from 2000 that caused controversy has now arrived on Netflix. “The world needs humor,” says Jennifer Aniston, who believes Friends would be considered “offensive” today. The movie in question is an award-winning drama film that was censored and is now available on the Netflix catalog.
A Controversial Film
Memoirs of a Geisha is a film that was controversial in the 2000s and did not escape censorship, despite the support of its producer, the renowned director Steven Spielberg. The production withstood the blows and won three Oscars. It was directed by Rob Marshall and premiered on December 9, 2005. The cast boasted renowned actors such as Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, Randall Duk Kim, Youki Kudoh, and Suzuka Ohgo. It was recorded in California and Tokyo, and Steven Spielberg himself produced the film.
Plot and Controversy
The film’s plot revolves around a light-eyed girl who is delivered to a geisha house. Her sister did not have the same luck, and she ended up in a brothel. The film tells the misadventures of the little girl who suffered an ordeal for her peculiar beauty. Everything changes for the protagonist when she meets the president. Ultimately, it is a love story in the middle of World War II with the seasonings of Japanese culture.
Despite its success, Memoirs of a Geisha faced controversy for its casting choices. Many were disgusted with Chinese actresses who played Japanese roles, and the Chinese were upset that most Chinese actresses only played prostitutes. The role of the geisha was also called into question because she did not exactly fit into Japanese culture; it was said that she was a “Westernized geisha.”
The Netflix synopsis describes the story as follows: “After being sold as a child, Chiyo, the daughter of a fisherman, becomes the most sought after geisha in Kyoto, but rivalries threaten the destiny she desires.”
The film lasts 145 minutes, leaving viewers with plenty of time to immerse themselves in the story.