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Sayonara (1957)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  20 December 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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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
Shochiku Kagekidan Girls Revue
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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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Also Known As:

Сайонара  »

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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 »

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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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One of Brando's best
9 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie about the relationships that sometimes developed between American servicemen and Japanese women in post-war Japan--as well as the obstacles that prejudices created for them. Brando goes from having contempt for the Japanese (which is natural considering WW2) to falling in love with a Japanese woman and wanting to marry her. His performance is okay (I am not a major fan of his acting style) and the movie is marvelous throughout. Red Buttons received an Oscar for his touching performance of another GI who falls in love in Japan (though the Japanese women who plays opposite him also did a remarkable job).

I don't want to spoil it but the movie is a good one to watch with a box of tissues.

This movie manages to say SOMETHING and be entertaining at the same time. A mostly underrated gem.


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