Geisha trouble?

Now this is interesting.... Blogger Jeffrey Wells writes on "Hollywood Elsewhere" on some trouble concerning Memoirs of a Geisha. (I found this thanks to angry asian man. Excerpts:

09/11/2005 6:06 AM

There's apparently some concern at Sony/Columbia about Rob Marshall's Memoirs of a Geisha (Columbia, 12.9).....(...) The story is about how a young girl (Zhang Ziyi) "transcends" her fishing-village roots and becomes one of Japan's most celebrated geishas. Research has apparently indicated that the exotic story elements (the film is set in Japan in the 1930s and '40s) aren't being understood and/or absorbed as clearly as Sony would like, so Cold Mountain director Anthony Minghella has been brought in to write some voice-over narration. Adding narration to a film... (...) -- it usually means trouble. Then again, it could mean that the test audiences who've seen it are perhaps a tad too provincial and could use a bit more schoolin' about other cultures.



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