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John Patrick (screenplay)
Vern J. Sneider (book)
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Release Date:
December 1956 (USA) See more »
All The Riotous Fun Of The Prize-Winning Stage Comedy!
This comedy-drama is partially a gentle satire on America's drive to change the world in the post-war years... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 3 nominations See more »
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Brando great! See more (41 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... Sakini

Glenn Ford ... Capt. Fisby

Machiko Kyô ... Lotus Blossom (as Machiko Kyo)

Eddie Albert ... Capt. McLean

Paul Ford ... Col. Wainwright Purdy III
Jun Negami ... Mr. Seiko
Nijiko Kiyokawa ... Miss Higa Jiga
Mitsuko Sawamura ... Little Girl

Harry Morgan ... Sgt. Gregovich (as Henry {Harry} Morgan)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Chung ... Woman
Carlo Fiore ... Soldier (uncredited)
John Grayson ... Soldier (uncredited)
Harry Harvey Jr. ... Soldier (uncredited)
Miyoshi Jingu ... Old Woman on Jeep (uncredited)
Roger McGee ... Soldier (uncredited)
Dansho Miyazaki ... Sumata's Father (uncredited)
Minoru Nishida ... Mr. Sumata (uncredited)
Aya Oyama ... Daughter on Jeep (uncredited)
Kichizaemon Sarumaru ... Mr. Hokaida (uncredited)
Shichizo Takeda ... Ancient Man (uncredited)
Frank Tokunaga ... Mr. Omura (uncredited)
Raynum K. Tsukamoto ... Mr. Oshira (uncredited)
Yosan Tsuruta ... Judge (uncredited)

Directed by
Daniel Mann 
Writing credits
John Patrick (screenplay)

Vern J. Sneider (book)

John Patrick (play)

Produced by
Jack Cummings .... producer
Original Music by
Saul Chaplin (uncredited)
Cinematography by
John Alton (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
Art Direction by
William A. Horning 
Eddie Imazu 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Hunt 
Edwin B. Willis 
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Keester Sweeney .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
William Shanks .... assistant director
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert E. Relyea .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... construction (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Alexander Kelly Jr. .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Lipow .... sound editor (uncredited)
Milo B. Lory .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Russell Harlan .... director of photography: Japan (uncredited)
Music Department
Saul Chaplin .... musical supervisor
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Maurice Evans .... stage presenter
Masaya Fujima .... choreographer
Bob Okazaki .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Masaichi Nagata .... grateful acknowledgment (as Mr. Masaichi Nagata)
Crew verified as complete

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123 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | 4-Track Stereo
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (certificate #18243)
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There were roughly 400,000 civilians on Okinawa at the time of the bombardment and invasion by American soldiers and Marines. Many thousands of them died.See more »
Sakini:Socks up boss!See more »
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Referenced in Cantinflas (2014)See more »
Sakura Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)See more »


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22 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Brando great!, 14 April 2005
Author: wiggy3056 from Philadelphia, Pa.

For a guy who had some heavy duty roles,Waterfront,Sreetcar etc. this role was a real challenge for Brando and he is fabulous and steals movie although Glenn Ford is great too. This shows Brando's brilliance as an actor not that there was ever any doubt but this early in his career to take this comedic challenge shows his versatility. Is Glenn Ford ever bad? I don't think he gets the credit for all his talent. This movie probably could not be made today a victim of PC. Must have Asian play Asian and don't offend the the Japanese although the only people made to look like fool were the Americans which is fine with me because it's a comedy and people are suppose to look foolish. Never on, but caught on TCM.

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