Thursday, January 26, 2006

This is my 50th post!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my friends who made writing a truly magnificent experience. Your comments, emails, suggestions, reviews, scolding, visits, ideas, and inspiration is truly both treasured and appreciated.

Thank you all :)

“Memoirs of a Geisha” by Rob Marshall (the movie) seems intresting. I was introduced to the Geisha culture by my many Japanese friends who are now in every part of the world except, Japan! I read the book (same title) and was delighted by the insight.

But, I cant figure out why on earth is a Chinese actress playing the lead role of a Japanese!?!?!

I kid you not! It gets better, the lead actress Michelle Yeoh (oh.. how I had a huge crush on her when I was 20) is Malaysian!

I am happy that the rest of the cast comprised of a significant (no I have not done the stats on this one) number of “real” Japanese. But I find, it an insult to the “Geisha” and their culture, that the roles be played by anyone other than them! Hollywood demands I guess…

Oh well… should I watch the movie?


Alex said...

Wow 50 posts! Champagne is in order :)


astrorat said...

Dear Alex,

Great idea! Bring it on!!! :)

mythsn_legends said...

Wah..50th post!!! You actually keep track of it??? LOL....hip hip...hooray!!! *takes out party hats and balloons* :P

Yeah man, totally agree with you abt the casting of Geisha....I'm pretty sure that there are highly acclaimed Japanese actresses who can take on a role and do just as well (if not better) than the current one....(i can think of one u know who is it too! keke)

Go watch lah and see how good/bad is it.... ;P

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Congrats on your Golden post! Or what I like to call your blogversary.

I just got the book and can't wait to read it.


Anonymous said...

Ooo, excellent! How are we celebrating this Wonderful Moment In Time? How about we celebrate the way ALL 50thposts-are-celebrated...with something sparkly and expensive for me? Hmm? What say you? ;)

Congrats, u. Now let me go read 1-49.. hehehe

*grin, k.

astrorat said...

Dear mythsn_legends,
I don’t usually have to count/keep track. Blogger does it for me. Check your dash board. Oh yes, i could think of an actress too.. its no secret that i am absolutely smitten by Koyuki! *grinz*

Dear Deb,
I have had fun blogging so far thanks to the wonderful comments from people like yourself. enjoy the book! :D

Dear *k,
Were you talking about getting me a gift, or is my eyesight getting poor? you must have been talking about me ;)
Lets make a deal, I will get you that “expensive” gift, once you start blogging and reach your 50! ;)

chase said...

i too wondered why they didn't use a japanese actress...i was also perturbed by the blue eyes on the geisha as well. is there even such a thing? a blue eyed geisha?

congrats on your 50th post :)

astrorat said...

Dear Chase,

i am guessing that beautiful blue eyes is part of the "ideal beauty" of the director rather than a part of reality. I cant remember if the book made any reference to it. Perhaps it just sounds good to most western movie fans (i.e. a blue eyes geisha) but, doubt that its a norm in Japan (i am no expert in cultural genetics and am speculating)

:) Astrorat