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
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General Webster
Douglass Watson ...
Colonel Crawford (as Douglas Watson)
Reiko Kuba ...
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Teruko-San
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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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"I am not allowed to love. But I will love you if that is your desire..." Marlon Brando and an exquisite new Japanese star. They LIVE James A. Michener's story of defiant desire. It is called "Sayonara" See more »

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Drama | Romance

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20 December 1957 (Japan)  »

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Trivia

The "Matsubayashi Girls Revue" stage shows in the film were performed by the Shochiku Kagekidan Girls Revue. See more »

Goofs

After the doctor examines him, Maj. Gruver buttons the left coat sleeves and after the right sleeve, keeping his left hand handling the right sleeve. In the next shot he is handling the left sleeve with his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Hana-ogi: I'm so frightened and confused. I cannot think. I cannot even understand your thinking.
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Referenced in Domo Arigato (1972) See more »

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Hanayome Ningyo
(1913) (uncredited)
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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