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Memoirs of a Geisha just landed on Netflix! This Oscar-winning film tells the story of a little girl sold to the landlady of a geisha house. If Rob Marshall’s feature film caused a sensation all over the world, it was censored in China and shunned in Japan… Find out why.

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Netflix continues to enrich its catalog of new films and series every day! Recently, the streaming giant added Memoirs of a Geisha, released in 2005 in the United States. This film by Rob Marshall tells the story of Chiyo, a little Japanese girl sold, at the age of 9, by his miserable family to a house of geishas. Separated from her sister, she will have to face the difficulties of life alone. Employed as a servant, the child suffered bullying and humiliation. A few years later, she is the most coveted of the geishas, ​​to whom it is forbidden to love. Having become the legendary Sayuri, she fascinates men, the powerful, which provokes the fury of her main rival, Mameha. For this feature film, which spawned over $160 million worldwide at the box officethe filmmaker and his cast have been rewarded with prestigious awards.

Memoirs of a Geisha on Netflix: a film rewarded with multiple Oscars

When it came out, Memoirs of a Geisha has been a success all over the world. At the Academy Awards, he received the titles of Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design. For her part, the Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi was entitled to a nomination for the Golden Globes and one for the 2006 BAFTA Awards, in the Best Actress category, for her role as Chiyo. However, Memoirs of a Geisha quickly created controversy in China and Japan, to the point to be censored by one and shunned by the other. What happened ?

Why Memoirs of a Geisha was it censored in china?

Rob Marshall’s feature film looks at the history and culture of geisha from a Japanese perspective. There, a geisha is not considered a prostitute, while in China, it is approaching. But that’s not really the subject that pissed off the Chinese people: what literally offended the country’s leaders is that the director chose Chinese actresses to play the Japanese courtesans. It must be said that relations between China and Japan have been rather stormy since the Second World War, during which Japanese military personnel were accused of sexual slavery of Chinese women. Memoirs of a Geisha thus reignited the tensions between the two peoples. Result of the races: it did not even see the light of day in China while Japanese spectators clearly shunned it. If you still haven’t seen it, Memoirs of a Geisha is currently available on Netflix and is already part of most viewed movies of the moment !

Article written in collaboration with 6medias

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