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Sayonara (1957)

Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

Joshua Logan

Writers:

Paul Osborn (screen play), James A. Michener (based on the novel by)
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlon Brando ... Major Lloyd 'Ace' Gruver
Patricia Owens ... Eileen Webster
James Garner ... Captain Bailey
Martha Scott ... Mrs. Webster
Miiko Taka ... Hana-Ogi
Miyoshi Umeki ... Katsumi
Red Buttons ... Airman Joe Kelly
Kent Smith ... General Mark Webster
Douglass Watson Douglass Watson ... Colonel Crawford (as Douglas Watson)
Reiko Kuba Reiko Kuba ... Fumiko-San
Soo Yong Soo Yong ... Teruko-San
Shochiku Kagekidan Girls Revue Shochiku Kagekidan Girls Revue ... Theatrical Revue
Ricardo Montalban ... Nakamura
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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

20 December 1957 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Сайонара See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyoto, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$26,300,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Art Direction. See more »

Goofs

Most of the movie was filmed in Kyoto, not Kobe. See more »

Quotes

Hana-ogi: I'm so frightened and confused. I cannot think. I cannot even understand your thinking.
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Connections

Referenced in Domo Arigato (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Sayonara
("Goodbye") (1957)
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Performed by Miiko Taka (uncredited)
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BRANDO'S MASTERPIECE
11 December 2001 | by diegosanttiSee all my reviews

Personally, I think Sayonara was the greatest movie he ever made. It touched every emotion from anger to romance to complete tragedy. And Brando should have won for best actor. Anyway, the movie is awesome, the man is attractive to BOTH MEN AND WOMEN and now you have no reason not to see it! Do so, and fall in love.


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