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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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Complete credited cast:
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Major Gruver
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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Jane Chung
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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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"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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Release Date:

20 December 1957 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Sayonara - Elveda  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Audrey Hepburn was offered the role of a Japanese bride opposite Marlon Brando but turned it down. She explained that she "couldn't possibly play an Oriental. No one would believe me; they'd laugh. It's a lovely script, however I know what I can and can't do. And if you did persuade me, you would regret it, because I would be terrible." See more »

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After Maj. Gruver has dinner with Hana-ogi, he puts the dish and the chopsticks on the table twice. See more »

Quotes

Hana-ogi: I'm so frightened and confused. I cannot think. I cannot even understand your thinking.
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Soundtracks

Mountains Beyond the Moon
(1957) (uncredited)
Words by Carl Sigman
Lyrics by Franz Waxman
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Two Sayonaras
18 March 2002 | by (Sapporo, Japan) – See all my reviews

There are two "Sayonara"s: the James Mitchner book and the

Hollywood adaptation. The Major Llyod Gruver portrayed in the book is

introduced as an army brat, graduate of West Point, no-nonsense air

force pilot and career officer who does not discuss personal matters

with enlisted men. The Ace Gruver introduced in the film is a

brooding Brando who arrives in a fighter jet instead of on a Triumph

motorcycle and whose best friend is Airman Kelly. The Japan portrayed

in the Mitchner book is the everyday Japan of narrow streets, noodle

vendors, ramen shops, yakitori stands, tatami rooms, and futon at bed

time. The Japan portrayed in the film is a land of geisha,

Takarazuka, kabuki, bunraku, pagoda, arched bridges, and a lot of other

Japan stereotypes I have yet to encounter although I have lived in

Japan for the past 31 years and have a masters degree in Far East Asian

Studies from Sophia University, Tokyo. Both "Sayonara"s offer something o value. One is realistic. One

is a beautiful fantasy. Read the book and watch the movie and take

your choice of endings.


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