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The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 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.


Daniel Mann


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




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


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


Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


Louis Calhern died during the shooting of a heart attack. His wife left him just before and he was drunk very often. See more »


Captain Fisby: I used to worry a lot about not being a big success. I've made peace with myself somewhere between my ambitions and my limitations...
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Referenced in Mao's Last Dancer (2009) See more »


Sakura Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
Written and Arranged by Kikuko Kanai
Sung by Lotus Blossom
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Brando was amazing
11 September 2006 | by cherokeecfgSee all my reviews

Marlon Brando was amazing in this film. I saw the comments made on TCM before they started the film and they said he saw the stage play and begged Paramount (?) to let him have a part in it when they made the film. They said he could have any part he wanted and he picked Sakini, the translator. As a Japanese teacher I want to tell you that I was stunned at his perfect accent! He spoke English exactly as a native Japanese person would. If I hadn't been told ahead of time that it was Marlon Brando, there is no way you could have convinced me that it wasn't a native Japanese actor doing the part. I could see that an attempt was made to make the natives look uneducated and doltish, but having lived in Japan for a year and a half, I simply couldn't see them that way. All you have to do is take a few minutes to watch any people and see the intelligence in their eyes and in their mannerisms and you can see how intelligent they really are whether YOU understand their language or not!

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Teahouse of the August Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Nara, Japan See more »


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$3,926,000 (estimated)
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