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Sayonara

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Sayonara takes its own sweet time to unfold; in so doing, it permits us to make intimate acquaintance with its characters, so as to better understand their multitextured motivations. The film is set in Japan during the Korean War. While on leave, pugnacious American soldier Red Buttons falls in love with Japanese maiden Miyoshi Umeki. Given the army's official policy against interracial marriage, Buttons is courting a court-martial. His best friend, major Marlon Brando, tries to talk Buttons out of "ruining" his ...
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Sayonara takes its own sweet time to unfold; in so doing, it permits us to make intimate acquaintance with its characters, so as to better understand their multitextured motivations. The film is set in Japan during the Korean War. While on leave, pugnacious American soldier Red Buttons falls in love with Japanese maiden Miyoshi Umeki. Given the army's official policy against interracial marriage, Buttons is courting a court-martial. His best friend, major Marlon Brando, tries to talk Buttons out of "ruining" his life. Brando himself is about to marry Patricia Owens, the daughter of general Kent Smith. Fighting back his own prejudices, Brando agrees to be Buttons' best man at the latter's wedding to Umeki. Later, Brando himself falls for Miiko Taka, a beautiful Kabuki dancer. This sparks an all-out onslaught of racial bigotry from the Army brass, and an official edict sending American soldiers back to the states without their Japanese wives. Buttons cannot bear being parted with Umeki; as a result, the two commit suicide. The tragedy compels the army to soften its attitudes towards miscegenation. Brando is reunited with Taka, who in a parallel situation has had to ward off the inbred prejudices of her people. Nominated for ten Academy Awards, Sayonara won five, including "Best Supporting Actor" Red Buttons, whose moribund career was revitalized herein and "Best Supporting Actress" Miyoshi Umeki. And yes, that is Ricardo Montalban in Japanese makeup as a Kabuki actor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/4/2000
  • UPC: 027616798138
  • Original Release: 1957
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlon Brando Maj. Lloyd Gruver
Red Buttons Joe Kelly
Ricardo Montalban Nakamura
Miyoshi Umeki Katsumi
Patricia Owens Eileen Webster
Miiko Taka Hana-ogi
Martha Scott Mrs. Webster
James Garner Capt. Mike Bailey
Kent Smith Gen. Webster
Douglas Watson Col. Craford
Reiko Kuba Fumiko-san
Soo Yong Terukosan
The Shochuku Kagekidan Girls Revue
Harlan Warde Consul
Technical Credits
Joshua Logan Director
Philip W. Anderson Editor
Irving Berlin Songwriter
Ellsworth Fredericks Cinematographer
William Goetz Producer
George Groves Sound/Sound Designer
Edward S. Haworth Production Designer
Norma Koch Costumes/Costume Designer
James Michener Screenwriter
Paul Osborn Screenwriter
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Arthur P. Schmidt Editor
Franz Waxman Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    I noticed that there was a new release date of October 2013 last

    I noticed that there was a new release date of October 2013 last
    time I had someone look it up at Barnes and Noble store.  Does
    this mean they will be re-releasing it?

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