“It is not for geisha to want. It is not for geisha to feel.”
Though I really loved the book, the film remains lackluster and poorly casted. Despite the film revolving very crucially around Japan and Japanese culture, very few of the characters were played by Japanese people. Apart from that, the movie itself was a bit more simplistic than its novel counterpart. Though the vulnerability of Chiyo comes across readily and vividly, the rest of the characters and interactions rely more on aesthetics than substance. When more emphasis is put on atmosphere and prettiness in general, film plots suffer. Overall, if you want more of a vibe than an experience, go for the movie. However, if you want plot and more than cherry blossom scenary, read the book.