TOEI Studios plan to boycott Memoirs of a Geisha, as most of the cast in the movie are Chinese and not Japanese, and portrays the stereotypical Western view that Geisha are prostitutes, which, is not the case. In Japan, Geisha's are seen as artists and entertainers and are respected as such.
Also, after reading this website, I have to say I kind of agree. I suppose it is strange, that this movie, supposedly set in Japan (but actually filmed in America, bit like The Last Samurai which was filmed in New Zealand), and supposedly consisting of Japanese actors and actresses (well, they are oriental I guess.... - american way of thinking), you;d think that the movie would be spoken in Japanese to give it the kind of authenticity that it is lacking. Obviously, authenticity is not highly regarded in this movie.
Maybe you think Im a hypercrite, after all, the book is written by a American white man's fantasies of a Geisha, a stereotypical view of Japan. But, I enjoyed reading the book because of its story, lets hope the film dont lose sight of everything.
Memoirs of a Geisha is being released in America in Autumn this year.