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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.

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Joshua Logan

Writers:

Paul Osborn (screen play), James A. Michener (based on the novel by)
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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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Worlds apart...theirs was the daring love affair violating every rule, every custom, every centuries-old belief! 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Marlon Brando was not the first choice for the lead role. It was offered to Rock Hudson, but he chose to make A Farewell to Arms (1957) instead. See more »

Goofs

When Eileen and Major Gruver visit Nakamura backstage, Gruver says he thought the kabuki performance could have used Marilyn Monroe, and Nakamura allows that he too is a fan of Miss Monroe. In 1957, when the movie was filmed, this conversation would have made sense. But it takes place in 1951, at a time when Marilyn Monroe was still a small-part player, little known to the public. It is highly unlikely that even Gruver would have known who she was, and impossible that Nakamura would have, that early in her career. See more »

Quotes

Hana-ogi: I'm so frightened and confused. I cannot think. I cannot even understand your thinking.
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Featured in The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) See more »

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Words and Music by S. Oka
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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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