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Memoirs of a Geisha is a American epic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Golden ,  produced by Steven Spielberg through production companies Amblin Entertainment and Spyglass Entertainment and Douglas Wick through Red Wagon Entertainment. Directed by Rob Marshall ,  the film was released in the United States on December 9, by Columbia Pictures and Dreamworks Pictures , with the latter receiving studio credit only. The film tells the story of a young Japanese girl, Chiyo Sakamoto, who is sold by her impoverished family to a geisha house okiya in order to support them by training as and eventually becoming a geisha. Despite facing difficulties from both the only geisha living at the okiya - the successful but cruel Hatsumomo - Chiyo eventually graduates to become a geisha, taking on the name "Sayuri" and becoming one of the most celebrated geisha of her time. The film centres around the sacrifices and hardship faced by pre-WW2 geisha, and the challenges posed by the war and a modernizing world to geisha society. Production was split between southern and northern California and a number of locations in Kyoto , including the Kiyomizu temple and the Fushimi Inari shrine.