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

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Burt Reynolds auditioned for this movie. 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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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 1 December 1957 (1957) See more »

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Hanayome Ningyo
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Words and Music by Haseo Sugiyama and Koji Fukiya
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Beautiful film.
30 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Sayonara is one of my special favorites. I love rediscovering this beautiful film. Personally I disliked the book; I found it cowardly. Brando is apparently responsible for the courageous ending of the film and I bless him for it. I find he was extraordinarily brave way back in 1957 when Sayonara was made. Strong, wonderful cast are a delight; James Garner, Patricia Owens and the two Oscar winners, Buttons and Umeki support Brando and Miiko Taki. The soundtrack is also lovely.


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