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The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)

Approved | | Comedy | December 1956 (USA)
This comedy-drama is partially a gentle satire on America's drive to change the world in the post-war years. One year after World War II, Captain Fisby is sent to the village of Tobiki in ... See full summary »

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This comedy-drama is partially a gentle satire on America's drive to change the world in the post-war years. One year after World War II, Captain Fisby is sent to the village of Tobiki in Okinawa to teach the people democracy. The first step is to build a school -- but the wily Okinawans know what they really want. They tell him about their culture and traditions -- and persuade him to build something they really want instead: a teahouse. Fisby has a hard time breaking this news to his superiors. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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All The Riotous Fun Of The Prize-Winning Stage Comedy!

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La casa de té de la luna de agosto  »

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Trivia

Production began with Louis Calhern playing Col. Purdy, but Calhern died after more than a month of filming. His scenes were reshot with Paul Ford. See more »

Quotes

Captain Fisby: I have found peace somewhere between my ambitions and my limitations.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 29 January 1956 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Lyrics by June Hershey
Music by Don Swander
Sung by Captains Fisby and McLean at the Teahouse
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A great satire of the okinawan experience after WWII
8 December 2004 | by (port orchard, wa. USA) – See all my reviews

I have spent many years on Okinawa and am always amazed at Brando's ability to create a character (Sakini) that is true to the Okinawan character. I have watched it many times over and enjoy it every time. When I'm asked why I visit Okinawa so often, I usually loan them my copy of "Teahouse" and wait for a response. It is a story of a resilient and happy people who have retained their culture, through many invasions. Brando's monologue at the beginning and end of the film masterfully explains it all. The kids will like it and adults should get a laugh while watching the arrogant victors being steered to the Okinawan's needs in a hilarious manner. It's not quite history and it's not quite fantasy, but it's all good fun.


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