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
"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"
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Did You Know?
Also according to Turner Classic Movies, Marlon Brando
insisted on playing Ace Gruver with a Southern accent, against the will of the director and producers. Brando adopted a nondescript Southern accent for Gruver, despite the objections of director Joshua Logan
, who didn't think that a general's son who was West Point-educated would speak that way. See more
Most of the movie was filmed in Kyoto, not Kobe. See more
The pleasure does not lie in the end itself. It's in the pleasurable steps to that end.
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Performed by Miiko Taka
(uncredited) See more