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.
"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"
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The medal ribbons worn by some of the characters are as follows (reading left to right, top to bottom): Major Gruver Silver Star, (unknown). Air Medal, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal (??), American Campaign Medal., Medal for Humane Action, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Korea Medal. On his right he wears a blue ribbon in a gold frame - a Presidential Unit Citation for the Air Force,
Joe Kelly Korean Service Medal, United Nations Korea Medal
General Webster Distinguished Service Medal?, Silver Star, (unknown), Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Navy Expeditionary Medal (??), (unknown), Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, (unknown), American Campaign Medal., European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with three stars), National Defense Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, (unknown), Order of the British Empire (for services during World War II?), (unknown), (unknown) It is interesting to note that General Webster has no medals for service in Korea. (Source: Wikipedia) See more
When Maj. Gruver is lying on a bent tree, we see him putting his right hand in his pocket. The next shot shows him with his both hands on his belly. See more
[pointing to some large rocks right off the seashore
You see the rope between the rocks?
That is a Shinto sign, showing they are married.
What, the rocks?
Yes... they've been together so long, our people thought it was time they should get married. They look well together, don't you think?
Yeah, they make a handsome little couple!
Shinju Tenno Amijima Hashi Zukushi
Words and Music by Bunraku Mitsuwa Kai
, Monzaemon Chikamatsu
and Enjiro Toyosawa See more