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The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)

Approved | | Comedy | December 1956 (USA)
In post-WWII Japan, an American captain is brought in to help build a school, but the locals want a teahouse instead.

Director:

Daniel Mann

Writers:

John Patrick (screenplay), Vern J. Sneider (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlon Brando ... Sakini
Glenn Ford ... Capt. Fisby
Machiko Kyô ... Lotus Blossom (as Machiko Kyo)
Eddie Albert ... Capt. McLean
Paul Ford ... Col. Wainwright Purdy III
Jun Negami Jun Negami ... Mr. Seiko
Nijiko Kiyokawa Nijiko Kiyokawa ... Miss Higa Jiga
Mitsuko Sawamura Mitsuko Sawamura ... Little Girl
Harry Morgan ... Sgt. Gregovich (as Henry {Harry} Morgan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Chung Jane Chung ... Woman
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Storyline

This comedy-drama is partially a gentle satire on America's drive to change the world in the post-war years. One year after World War II, Captain Fisby is sent to the village of Tobiki in Okinawa to teach the people democracy. The first step is to build a school -- but the wily Okinawans know what they really want. They tell him about their culture and traditions -- and persuade him to build something they really want instead: a teahouse. Fisby has a hard time breaking this news to his superiors. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

All The Riotous Fun Of The Prize-Winning Stage Comedy!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La casa de té de la luna de agosto See more »

Filming Locations:

Nara, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,926,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,550,000, 31 December 1957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,925,000, 31 December 1957
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo | Stereo (Perspecta Sound)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55:1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The original Broadway production of "The Teahouse of the August Moon" by John Patrick opened at the Martin Beck Theater in New York on October 15, 1953, ran for 1027 performances and won the 1954 Tony Award for the Best Play. Paul Ford recreated his stage role in the movie version. See more »

Quotes

Sakini: Pain make man think. Thought make man wise. Wisdom make life endurable.
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Connections

Referenced in Mao's Last Dancer (2009) See more »

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Mashunko-Bushi
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Written and Arranged by Kikuko Kanai
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Brando great!
14 April 2005 | by wiggy3056See all my reviews

For a guy who had some heavy duty roles,Waterfront,Sreetcar etc. this role was a real challenge for Brando and he is fabulous and steals movie although Glenn Ford is great too. This shows Brando's brilliance as an actor not that there was ever any doubt but this early in his career to take this comedic challenge shows his versatility. Is Glenn Ford ever bad? I don't think he gets the credit for all his talent. This movie probably could not be made today a victim of PC. Must have Asian play Asian and don't offend the the Japanese although the only people made to look like fool were the Americans which is fine with me because it's a comedy and people are suppose to look foolish. Never on, but caught on TCM.


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