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Sayonara (1957)

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A US air force major in Kobe confronts his own opposition to marriages between American servicemen and Japanese women when he falls for a beautiful performer.

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Major Gruver
Patricia Owens ...
Eileen Webster
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Joe Kelly
Miiko Taka ...
Hana-Ogi
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Nakamura
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Mrs. Webster
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Captain Bailey
Kent Smith ...
General Webster
Douglass Watson ...
Colonel Crawford (as Douglas Watson)
Reiko Kuba ...
Fumiko-San
Soo Yong ...
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Storyline

Major Lloyd Gruver, a Korean War flying ace reassigned to Japan, staunchly supports the military's opposition to marriages between American troops and Japanese women. But that's before Gruver experiences a love that challenges his own deeply set prejudices... and plunges him into conflict with the U.S. Air Force and Japan's own cultural taboos. Written by alfiehitchie

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Worlds apart...theirs was the daring love affair violating every rule, every custom, every centuries-old belief! See more »

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20 December 1957 (Japan)  »

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Sayonara - Elveda  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film debuts of Miiko Taka and Miyoshi Umeki. Umeki, for this debut performance, won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. See more »

Goofs

When Eileen and Major Gruver visit Nakamura backstage, Gruver says he thought the kabuki performance could have used Marilyn Monroe, and Nakamura allows that he too is a fan of Miss Monroe. In 1957, when the movie was filmed, this conversation would have made sense. But it takes place in 1951, at a time when Marilyn Monroe was still a small-part player, little known to the public. It is highly unlikely that even Gruver would have known who she was, and impossible that Nakamura would have, that early in her career. See more »

Quotes

Major Gruver: Are you gonna sit there with your bare face hangin' out and tell me you never heard of Tanabata?
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Hanayome Ningyo
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Words and Music by Haseo Sugiyama and Koji Fukiya
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Post-war attempt to re-humanize the Japanese
26 May 2004 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Showing that we needed them to such an extent in the fight against communism that it might even be permissible to fall in love with one.

The movie is memorable for some great lines from Brando: "Hell, I ain't got nothing against the Japanese... well, not now anyway." and for the astonishing casting of Ricardo Montalban as Kabuki grandmaster Nakamura Jakoemon II (actually he was pretty good in the part except for the Spanish accent).

The young Brando is excellent in his fidgeting, distracted way. Scenes of 1950s Japan are also interesting. But the film predictably suffers from a romanticized vision of Japanese women (delicate, doll-like creatures who wish for nothing more than to scrub their husbands' back in the tub), and of Japanese life (the 'little house down by the canal' that Kelly and his Japanese wife move into is a museum-quality example of the Japanese wooden and paper-wall house, complete with internal Zen garden).


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