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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.

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Daniel Mann

Writers:

John Patrick (screenplay), Vern J. Sneider (book) | 1 more credit »
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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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All The Riotous Fun Of The Prize-Winning Stage Comedy!

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Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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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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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

Before the invasion by American troops, the naval bombardment sent almost 400,000 tons of explosive shells onto the island, the most intense naval support for any of the Pacific landings. The native Okinawans called it "the typhoon of steel." See more »

Quotes

Captain Fisby: I have found peace somewhere between my ambitions and my limitations.
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Sakura Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
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Written and Arranged by Kikuko Kanai
Sung by Lotus Blossom
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A great satire of the okinawan experience after WWII
8 December 2004 | by r-silvestriSee all my reviews

I have spent many years on Okinawa and am always amazed at Brando's ability to create a character (Sakini) that is true to the Okinawan character. I have watched it many times over and enjoy it every time. When I'm asked why I visit Okinawa so often, I usually loan them my copy of "Teahouse" and wait for a response. It is a story of a resilient and happy people who have retained their culture, through many invasions. Brando's monologue at the beginning and end of the film masterfully explains it all. The kids will like it and adults should get a laugh while watching the arrogant victors being steered to the Okinawan's needs in a hilarious manner. It's not quite history and it's not quite fantasy, but it's all good fun.


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