Movie Reviews: The Interview and The Memoirs of a Geisha

For the last few weeks, I did not feel like writing and even if I wanted to, I couldn’t muster enough will to actually do it. Was it a writer’s block? I don’t know.. Writer’s blocks are for actual writers and I am your ordinary blogger. Whatever it was, the end result was an ignored blog and I have had to brush away the dust and sweep away the cobwebs on the walls (and this is not the only wall with cobwebs insert sly grin but I digress) before I could begin writing.

I will review two movies that I have had the pleasure of eyeballing in the last few weeks that I have been on holiday. A lot has happened, including a heartbreak (sob sob but they say better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all, no further details to be divulged though), new friendships, I finally got my Japanese driving license (I have to do a separate post for this!), an English test (sometimes I get a flare of anger because they made me prove my English proficiency, after receiving at least 18 years (8 primary-4 secondary-4 undergraduate-2 master’s) of education in the language, people should learn how the world works. Half of Africa speaks English, the other half speaks French with a few exceptions like Ethiopia, Angola etc (deep breath, namaste,deep breath namaste) Okay I have calmed down..  But let us get on with the movies, shall we? Enough segue, sexy as it was.

The Interview

The Interview

The Interview

I wouldn’t have watched this movie had it not caused such uproar among some people; who seriously threatened to blow up theaters if the movie was shown in the said theaters; and who were possibly so offended that they hacked into the Sony network revealing emails among executives, movie plans, costs and such other information. I must confess I don’t understand their outrage, unless they view Kim Jong Un as their god which they perhaps they do.

An American journalist finally gets an interview with the dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. (By the way Kim Jong Un if you are reading this, you can hack my blog but please stop firing test missiles into the Japan sea; I quite live near the said sea.) This could be the great interview that makes the journalist’s career, a break from interviewing celebrities like Eminem who confesses that he is gay which explains his homophobic lyrics. So off he goes to North Korea but of course the CIA uses this chance to give him poison with which to kill the dictator and save the people of North Korea. What follows is a tragic comedy of events, the interview finally happens.. but does he kill the dictator like planned? Things go wrong horribly but in a stupid and comical way, if you have 112 minutes to spare, please yourself. But if you don’t have time, you will not have missed anything if you never watch this movie. Trust me.

The Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha

I am living in Japan and had never watched this movie until 3 or so weeks ago. I have seen some women dressed in kimono and with powdered faces and guessed they were Geishas but I had no insight into the culture. According to Wikipedia, Geisha (芸者 ?), geiko (芸子) or geigi (芸妓) are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music, dance, games and conversation, mainly to entertain male customers. Everything entertainment except anything sexual.

Memoirs of a Geisha follows the pre-world war II story of a young girl in Japan whose family has “sold her off” together with her sister because the family is unable to take care of them. Sayuri is trained as a Geisha and joins this admired yet lonely profession; a Geisha is not permitted to marry. She falls in love with a man whom she cannot marry but carries on her life, becoming the most sought after Geisha in the city. This happy setting does not last, the war soon sets in and everything changes.

With American soldiers full in the city streets, and with the harshness of war, many women claim to be Geishas but sleep with the soldiers for favours, money.. in short prostitutes. The Geisha profession is no longer respected. Sayuri has to do manual labour during the war; until the man she’s in love with finally comes looking for her, he needs a favour from her. Would she take up the shamisen (traditional musical instrument) once more, wear the kimono and make up once again, and be a hostess to one of the Americans who could possibly finance his business that had collapsed in the war?

It is an engrossing story, watch it if you have the time.

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9 Responses to Movie Reviews: The Interview and The Memoirs of a Geisha

  1. Mackel9 says:

    We live we love we get heartbroken we sulk we live again… Life!

    Like E. Mazrui would put it:

    I offered you sweet blossom

    With tantalizing fragrance



    Sign of love

    Sign of hope

    You took my blossom

    Gazed long at it

    Slowly crushed it

    And returned it to me

    Bruised beyond recognition

    Mutilated beyond repair

    My tears flowed freely

    Pain tore away my core

    You asked why the tears

    When all you did

    Was release its fragrance

    The essence of its being

    Pain lacerated my being

    At this mutilation

    Asking if you set free

    Its spirit lovingly

    Or you wickedly

    Smothered its life force

    Token of my love.

    Don’t look for the figurative message, look at it literally :-). You will survive Savvy, you will survive,

    I loved the interview, as for the Geisha, I have the book on my waiting list and now I am torn, because if I watch it will never be read….


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  3. woolie says:

    Hey Savvy! Welcome back! Actually I must say that I read this post a while back and then I lost my disqus password. 🙂
    It is better to have loved and lost, eh? I find it is better to have found and loved. :-D.
    The road of love is rocky and full of twists and turns.Without a doubt, our hearts will be broken by true loves, good friends, football teams(I don’t get that one) and much loved pets. This will happen many times before we get a coronary that finally elevates us to the next world. I shall look for the Memoirs book. The North Korean film was, like you said, a waste of time.

    Stay well.


    • savvykenya says:

      Well the North Korea movie had more hype surrounding it than it is worth, it is actually a good comedy but the expectations were set too high because of the bombings and all. As for love and what not, it is amazing what time can do. With time everything is finally forgotten, and even memories are like watching a movie, looking from the outside like a third party!


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