Geisha May Be Blocked By Chinese Censors

Memoirs of a Geisha has China censors stumped, with officials and state press saying yesterday the film may be banned due to concerns that it could rouse anti-Japanese sentiments. Several state newspapers reported that the movie… was scheduled for general release on Feb. 19 but that had now been scrapped. The main issue of concern is that two leading actresses who play geishas are Chinese, which could evoke memories of Japanese wartime aggression toward mainland women.”