Memoirs of a Geisha

2005 PG-13 PT2H25M Blu-ray / DVD

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Memoirs of a Geisha

2005 PG-13 PT2H25M Blu-ray / DVD
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When 9-year-old Chiyo is sold to a geisha house, she endures harsh treatment from the owners and the haughty head geisha, who's envious of Chiyo's beauty. Chiyo eventually blooms in her role, but World War II threatens to change her life forever.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
English, French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Chinese Simplified, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral), Thai
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: PCM Surround
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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Reviews

age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that while this film is beautiful, it's slow-moving and occasionally scary, not designed for young children. The film includes some images of streets under siege (China and Japan are at war), as well as tensions inside the geisha house (one character sets fire to the house, leading to some frightening images). The film begins with the traumatic scene of a young girl sold to a geisha house by her poor parents, and shows her upset when she's forcibly separated from her sister, who works at another house.

Sexual Content

Geishas do not technically sell sex, but rather, the idea of it: their "exotic" displays are seductive; a young woman is assaulted by a wealthy man.

Violence

Young sisters are violently separated (leading to tears and loneliness); scenes of war and invasion; characters argue and fight (some slapping); a woman tries to burn down the geisha house.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

Geishas compete ruthlessly, by embarrassing rivals or ruining reputations; geishas are expected to sell their virginity.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters drink and smoke cigarettes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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