Beautiful and refined a dying tradition or prostitution? This history about Japanese geisha — the words of their clients and themselves through the mouth of the ladies. The world came under the special influence of geisha. Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden rank high on the lists of best-sellers, and the usual image of a geisha in a white with dark make-up and hair borrowed many of the stage action. This movie throws all the stereotypes to tell the real story of the geisha. Indescribably difficult braided into the social fabric Land of the Rising Sun, the film covers a period of two world wars and the terrain in three mainland.