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Sayonara (1957)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 20 December 1957 (Japan)
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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Colonel Crawford (as Douglas Watson)
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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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Trivia

In 1956, more than 10,000 American servicemen had defied regulations and married Japanese women, as indeed had the novel's author, James A. Michener. See more »

Goofs

Several times during the movie salutes are improperly exchanged between officers and between officers and enlisted. Military protocol requires the salute of the junior officer to be held until returned by the senior officer. The same thing applies when an enlisted man salutes an officer of any rank. See more »

Quotes

Hana-ogi: [watching a traditional Japanese puppet performance about two doomed lovers] It is custom for lovers to die together when they can no longer face life.
Katsumi: [dreamily] It is so beautiful...
Joe Kelly: "Beautiful"? They're gonna' die, aren't they?
Katsumi: [dreamily] They will live in another world, on a beautiful lake, floating always together, like water lily.
Joe Kelly: [makes a face] Sure.
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

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Narukami
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Words and Music by S. Oka
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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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