Geisha’ leaves its audience lukewarm

“Memoirs of a Geisha,” the latest film from “Chicago” director Rob Marshall, is based on the international, best-selling novel of the same name by Arthur Golden. It’s a story about a girl who is sold to a geisha house as a child.

As she rises through the ranks of society, she then becomes one of Japan’s most well-known and famous Geishas.

Rob Marshall puts together a great cast of international stars that is led by Ziyi Zhang (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) as the geisha Sayuri and Ken Watanabe as the man she loves but can never be with because of who she is.

While there is nothing wrong with this movie, there is nothing really outstanding about it either that makes it stand out from the other movies out now.

While it is nice to see such a great cast of actors get the international exposure that many of them deserve, none of them really have a stand-out performance to separate them from the others.

This is the first American-made film for many of the actors, with the exception of Ken Watanabe, who has starred in “Batman Begins” and “The Last Samurai.”

Despite this director, Rob Marshall has done a nice job in putting together an overall good film that is mostly powered by the cast.

Another strong note for the film is the very authentic recreation of Japan in the years leading up to and following World War II, which helps give the film more of a sense of authenticity.

While there is nothing particularly special about “Memoirs of a Geisha,” it’s still worth seeing. Its quality is much better than most of the movies released throughout the year.