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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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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

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

Quotes

Hana-ogi: [watching a traditional Japanese puppet performance about two doomed lovers] It is custom for lovers to die together when they can no longer face life.
Katsumi: [dreamily] It is so beautiful...
Joe Kelly: "Beautiful"? They're gonna' die, aren't they?
Katsumi: [dreamily] They will live in another world, on a beautiful lake, floating always together, like water lily.
Joe Kelly: [makes a face] Sure.
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Referenced in Rhoda: The Weekend (1977) See more »

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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Good filming of famous Michener novel
1 May 2012 | by dave13-1See all my reviews

James Michener, himself a U.S. veteran of the Pacific war and married to a Japanese, wrote one of his earliest novels on the then controversial subject of romance among the former enemies. The novel follows two Americans who romance Japanese women, one with tragic results. The film gives a nice colorful richness to life in Kabuki theatre, post-war Japan and the USAF. Production design and costuming are first rate and lend the appropriate note of exoticness to the culture clash plot line. It is interesting that the script balances American bigotry toward the Japanese off against Japanese attitudes toward Americans. Miiko Taka lacks some credibility in the role of a famous entertainer - she neither dances nor sings particularly well - who in the book is almost a national treasure, leading to a scandal when she gets involved with an Air Force officer, Brando, who is very good here in a rare straight romantic role.


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