"In 1929 an impoverished nine-year-old named Chiyo from a fishing village is sold to a geisha house in Kyoto's Gion district and subjected to cruel treatment from the owners and the head geisha Hatsumomo. Her stunning beauty attracts the vindictive jealousy of Hatsumomo, until she is rescued by and taken under the wing of Hatsumomo's bitter rival, Mameha. Under Mameha's mentorship, Chiyo becomes the geisha named Sayuri, trained in all the artistic and social skills a geisha must master in order to survive in her society. As a renowned geisha she enters a society of wealth, privilege, and political intrigue. As World War II looms Japan and the geisha's world are forever changed by the onslaught of history."
Sayuri Nitta - played by Zhang Ziyi, Chinese actress.
Mameha - played by Michelle Yeoh, Chinese actress (by way of Malaysia). (They also considered Maggie Cheung, Chinese actress, for the part.)
Hatsumomo - played by Gong Li, Chinese actress.
(For those fans of Lost, Yoon-jim Kim, the Korean woman on the flight, turned down a leading role.)
Director - Rob Marshall, white, I guess. They all look the same to me.