Sayuri (Zhang) remembers how she was sold into servitude and misery as a child, trained and moulded by her mentor Mameha (Yeoh) into a celebrated geisha, and sustained against both her rival Hatsumomo’s (Gong) treachery and the vicissitudes of war by her love for a man (Watanabe) she could not have.
A beautiful, exotic and well-acted cultural hybrid, but it’s never as moving as it ought to be.
Reviewed by Angie Errigo
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