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Sayonara (1957)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  1957 (Japan)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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 ...
Teruko-San
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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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Drama | Romance

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1957 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Sayonara  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Marlon Brando was not the first choice for the lead role. It was offered to Rock Hudson, but he chose to make A Farewell to Arms (1957) instead. 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

Hana-ogi: The pleasure does not lie in the end itself. It's in the pleasurable steps to that end.
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 1 December 1957 (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Sakura Sakura
(uncredited)
Words and Music by Suifu Kishimoto and Shiro Matsumoto
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BRANDO'S MASTERPIECE
11 December 2001 | by (MIAMI,FLORIDA) – See all my reviews

Personally, I think Sayonara was the greatest movie he ever made. It touched every emotion from anger to romance to complete tragedy. And Brando should have won for best actor. Anyway, the movie is awesome, the man is attractive to BOTH MEN AND WOMEN and now you have no reason not to see it! Do so, and fall in love.


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