Hollyhood's Asian Romance
Your article on “SAYURI” gave me a whole picture of this amazing movie even though I have yet seen it.
“A fairly tale familiar to every culture: poor girl meets rich man of her dreams.”
“Memoirs of a Geisha is the Cinderella story.”
But your comment on the reason why the three main geishas are played by Chinese women was most striking as well as instructive to me and many Japanese. Namely, as you say, there’s a bald fact that is evident to anyone familiar with today’s East Asian films: China is rich in top actresses, and Japan isn’t.
Apart from my somewhat strange feeling of seeing Chinese geishas on the film, this collaboration led by the U.S. as a good mediator could break off the emotional frictions between China and Japan in other field as well.
"Hollywood's Asian Romance" TIME, Page 42, November 21, 2005