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January 03, 2006

I think I'm missing the point…

I read Memoirs of a Geisha back when I was around 17 or 18 I think and yeah I enjoyed the book a lot. I'm looking forward to the movie (come the 14th of January) and like any other hot-blooded non-Chinese Male*, I enjoy the visual presence of Zhang ZiYi.

Anyhow, the film's director seems to have felt that it would be a great idea to make the majority of the cast English-speaking Chinese. Now, I don't have a problem with this, because I'm a great fan of Chinese cinema – the more the better – but what I do have a problem with is shoring up everyone's English and then getting them to do the English dialogue in a Japanese accent… WTF?

If you're going to set the movie in English (and not Japanese), fine. The book was written in English. But you're not creating anymore of an illusion by getting everyone to speak English in a Japanese accent.

*A lot of Chinese men don't consider Zhang Ziyi attractive. And a lot of Chinese women hate her because she and Zhang Yimo "You Yi Tui". Ie because it's rumoured she's a slut.


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