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SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS


RELEASED -- March 28, 2006

“… an emotionally sumptuous love story” - Richard Corliss, TIME
“A stunning motion picture experience in the grand tradition!” - Pete Hammond, MAXIM

NOMINATED FOR SIX ACADEMY AWARDS®,
THE UNFORGETTABLE BEST-SELLING NOVEL COMES TO LIFE STARRING
ZIYI ZHANG, KEN WANTANABE, MICHELLE YEOH AND GONG LI

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (February 6, 2006) – The romantic epic and six-time Academy Award® nominated film Memoirs of a Geisha debuts March 28, 2006 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment as a two-disc DVD and for PSP. Born from the creative vision of Academy Award®-nominated director Rob Marshall (Chicago) comes this beautiful adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel by Arthur Golden. Starring Golden Globe®* and SAG** Award nominee Ziyi Zhang (House of Flying Daggers), Ken Wantanabe (The Last Samurai), Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Gong Li (2046), the film has been nominated for six Oscars®, including Best Art Direction, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Original Score and Costume.

Memoirs of a Geisha was awarded a 2006 Golden Globe® for Composer John Williams’ “Best Original Score.” The DVD will be available for an SLP of $28.96 and includes a rich line up of bonus features, such as audio commentaries with Director Rob Marshall and Choreographer John DeLuca, as well as 11 in-depth featurettes which capture the mesmerizing Japanese culture, including, “Sayuri’s Other Journey: From the Novel to the Screen,” “Geisha Bootcamp,” “The Music of Memoirs” and more.

Memoirs of a Geisha will also be released on the Universal Media Disc (UMD™) format that plays on the PSP™ (Playstation Portable) handheld entertainment system. The UMD™ of Memoirs of a Geisha is compatible with the Sony Playstation Portable ™ (PSP™), the first truly integrated portable entertainment system designed to provide consumers with a comprehensive mobile entertainment experience and to support multiple lifestyle applications including games, music, movies, communication and wireless gaming.

Synopsis:
Set in a mysterious and exotic world which still casts a potent spell today, Memoirs of a Geisha begins in the years before World War II when a young Japanese girl, Chiyo (Suzaka Ohgo) is torn from her penniless family to work as a servant in a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival, Hatsumomo (Gong) who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri. Beautiful and accomplished, Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the man, known as Chairman (Wantanabe), who is beyond her reach.

Memoirs of a Geisha was produced by Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick and Steven Spielberg and written by Robin Swicord (screenplay; Little Women). The film’s Academy Award® nominations include Best Achievement in Art Direction – John Myhre (Art Direction) and Gretchen Rau (Set Decoration), Best Achievement in Cinematography – Dion Beebe, Best Achievement in Costume Design – Colleen Atwood, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) – John Williams, Best Achievement in Sound Editing – Wylie Stateman and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing – Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Rick Kline and John Pritchett.


DVD BONUS FEATURES
Accurately displaying the exotic culture of Japan and the Geisha lifestyle, the DVD contains the following added value.

* 11 Featurettes

o Sayuri’s Other Journey: From the Novel to the Screen – Novelist Arthur Golden and the filmmakers discuss the eight year journey of turning the best-selling book into an award winning film.

o The Road to Japan – The filmmakers travel to Japan to experience the places in Kyoto that are featured in the book and discuss the challenges of shooting in some of Japan’s most sacred locations.

o Geisha Bootcamp – A behind the scenes look at how the actresses learned the art of becoming a geisha

o Building the Hanamachi – Recreating the entire village of old Kyoto in a pasture in Southern California o The Look of a Geisha – The most famous geishas were considered to be the supermodels of their time. Learn the ancient secrets and modern twists to creating their hair, makeup and wardrobe for the film.

o The Music of Memoirs – John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman discuss the creative process of composing the Golden Globe ® winning score.

o A Geisha Dance – Follow the entire process of staging the geisha dances, from research through conception, casting sessions, rehearsals, filming and the final version of the movie.

o The World of Geisha – A look at the history of this secret world, from its ancient origins up to the geisha of today.

o The Way of the Sumo – Explore the fascinating history of this ancient sport and meet some of today’s Sumo Wrestling champions.

o Rob Marshall – An in-depth look at Director Rob Marshall

o A Day with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa – World renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa discusses his role in the film and shares some of his favorite recipes.

* Director Rob Marshall and Choreographer John DeLuca Audio Commentary

* Production Audio Commentaries – featuring Colleen Atwood (Costume Design), John Myhre (Production Design), Pietro Scalia (Editor)

Memoirs of a Geisha has a run time of 145 minutes and is rated PG-13 for mature subject matter and some sexual content. Artwork is available at SPHEPublicity. Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on the Web at www.sonypictures.com.

Widescreen Memoirs of a Geisha/Little Women DVD 2-pack Catalog #: 14692 Full Screen
Memoirs of a Geisha/Little Women DVD 2-pack Catalog #: 14694 Widescreen Memoirs of a
Geisha/Seven Years in Tibet DVD 2-pack Catalog #: 14696 Full Screen Memoirs of a
Geisha/Seven Years in Tibet DVD 2-pack Catalog #: 14695 Widescreen DVD Catalog #: 11159
Full Screen DVD Catalog #: 14241
UMD Catalog #: 12492
Widescreen Memoirs of a Geisha/Little Women DVD 2-pack UPC Code: 0-43396-14692-1
Full Screen Memoirs of a Geisha/Little Women DVD 2-pack UPC Code: 0-43396-14694-5
Widescreen Memoirs of a Geisha/Seven Years in Tibet DVD UPC Code: 0-43396-14696-9
Full Screen Memoirs of a Geisha/Seven Years in Tibet DVD UPC Code: 0-43396-14695-2
Widescreen DVD UPC Code: 0-43396-11159-2
Full Screen DVD UPC Code: 0-43396-14241-1
UMD UPC Code: 0-43396-12492-9
DVD Order Date: 2/23/06
UMD Order Date: 2/23/06
DVD 2-pack SLP: $36.96 SLP
DVD SLP: $28.96 SLP/$19.95 MAP
UMD SLP: $28.95 SLP/$19.95 MAP

About Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. SPE is a division of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital contest creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at www.sonypictures.com.



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