2 videodiscs (145 min.) : anamorphic, sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Based on the novel by Arthur Golden.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2005.
Director of photography, Dion Beebe ; art directors, Patrick M. Sullivan, Jr., Tomas Voth ; editor, Pietro Scalia ; original music score, John Williams ; costume designer, Colleen Atwood ; production designer, John Myhre.
Ziyi Zhang, Suzuka Ohgo, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Watanabe, Togo Igawa, Mako, Samantha Futerman, Elizabeth Sung, Thomas Ikeda, Li Gong, Tsai Chin.
In 1929, an impoverished nine-year-old named Chiyo is sold to a geisha house in Kyoto's Gion district and subjected to cruel treatment from the owners and the head geisha Hatsumomo. Her stunning beauty attracts the vindictive jealousy in Hatsumomo and she is rescued by Hatsumomo's bitter rival, Mameha. Under Mameha's mentorship, Chiyo becomes the geisha named Sayuri, trained in all the artistic and social skills a geisha must master in order to survive in her society. As a renowned geisha, she enters a society of wealth, privilege, and political intrigue.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for mature subject matter and some sexual content.
DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
English or dubbed French dialogue, English or French subtitles.
Golden Globes, USA, 2006: Golden Globe - Best original score - Motion Picture (John Williams)