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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlon Brando ... Major Lloyd Gruver
Patricia Owens ... Eileen Webster
James Garner ... Captain Mike Bailey
Martha Scott ... Mrs. Webster
Miiko Taka ... Hana-Ogi
Miyoshi Umeki ... Katsumi
Red Buttons ... 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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Hana-ogi: [pointing to some large rocks right off the seashore] You see the rope between the rocks?
Major Gruver: Yeah?
Hana-ogi: That is a Shinto sign, showing they are married.
Major Gruver: [slightly confused] What, the rocks?
Hana-ogi: 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?
Major Gruver: Yeah, they make a handsome little couple!
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Soundtracks

Shinju Tenno Amijima Hashi Zukushi
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Words and Music by Bunraku Mitsuwa Kai, Monzaemon Chikamatsu and Enjiro Toyosawa
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Colorful Japan
27 January 2010 | by MarkJGarciaSee all my reviews

Released in December of 1957, Sayonara went on to earn 8 Oscar nominations and would pull in 4 wins. Red Buttons won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in his role as airman Joe Kelly who falls in love with a Japanese woman while stationed in Kobe during the Korean War. Oscar nominated for Best Leading Actor, Marlon Brando plays Major Lloyd Gruver, a Korean War flying ace reassigned to Japan, who staunchly supports the military's opposition to marriages between American troops and Japanese women and tries without any success to talk his friend Joe Kelly out of getting married. Ironically Marlon Brandos character soon finds love of his own in a woman of Japanese descent. This movie highlights the prejudices and cultural differences of that time. Filmed in beautiful color and with stunning backgrounds I found this movie to be well worth watching just for these effects alone. Good movie, gimme more...GimmeClassics


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