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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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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 ...
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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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Drama | Romance

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20 December 1957 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Сайонара  »

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Trivia

Film debut of James Stacy. See more »

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In the last scene, when Major Gruver is leaving with Hana-Ogi and they are making their way to a car, Marlon Brando looks directly at the camera. See more »

Quotes

Hana-ogi: The pleasure does not lie in the end itself. It's in the pleasurable steps to that end.
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Connections

Referenced in The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour: The Ricardos Go to Japan (1959) See more »

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Words and Music by Suifu Kishimoto and Shiro Matsumoto
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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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