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Sayonara

Released Dec 5, 1957 2h 27m Drama List
82% Tomatometer 57 Reviews 79% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
Stationed in Japan during the Korean War, U.S. Air Force Major Lloyd "Ace" Gruver falls for the beautiful Japanese actress Hana-ogi (Miiko Taka). However, he is hesitant to pursue the relationship due to the unfortunate example of his crew chief, Airman Joe Kelly (Red Buttons). Kelly, against official military advice and the prejudices of his commanding officers, married a Japanese woman, Katsumi (Miyoshi Umeki), and his military career has suffered ever since. Read More Read Less
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As sumptuously staged as it is ponderously paced, Sayonara flutters by on the strength of its touching story and solidly assembled cast.

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Kate Cameron New York Daily News A "must" for moviegoers. Rated: 4/4 Mar 3, 2023 Full Review Marjory Adams Boston Globe This is a memorable presentation. Mar 3, 2023 Full Review Jean Yothers Orlando Sentinel There is much of beauty in the setting. And the story is touching and sympathy-inspiring. Mar 2, 2023 Full Review Buck Buchwach Honolulu Advertiser [Miyoshi Umeki] is the real star of Sayonara. If she doesn't get an Academy Award for her performance, the judges should be charged with grand larceny. Mar 17, 2023 Full Review Florence Epstein Modern Screen Sayonara means goodbye, but you won't be forgetting this movie for a long, long time. Mar 3, 2023 Full Review John Bustin Austin American-Statesman Seldom has this subject been presented with as delicate a touch or in as attractive a mounting as in "Sayonara." Mar 3, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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Franky L Superb performances by this outstanding cast. Marlon Brando shows his acting superiority, against Red Buttons' Oscar performance. Set in post WWII Japan, this movie touches on prejudice against interracial marriages. Brilliantly shot and acted. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/24 Full Review Ash P Y'know, once in a while, I'll watch a movie way back in the mid-1900's for the fun of it and this movie was free to view on YouTube currently so I'd popped it on and I friggin love it. Balanced character development, balanced story telling, even the performances were well balanced. Sure a couple of parts do get me but honestly, I was glad enough to love it all from start to finish even when the period takes place after the second World War especially when both sides would still bicker and some would let it all go and move on. If it comes to some old movies, I do recommend this. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 08/24/23 Full Review Marc K One of my favorite movies, a must see Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/14/23 Full Review Leaburn This film was not good 👎 Rated 2 out of 5 stars 12/16/22 Full Review Audience Member U: The Japanese are better than US. Just look at their automobile production! UDad: They can't make decisions. U: Seems they can on cars. UDad: When I worked with them, they gotta all consult each other and go through lots of team communication- U: Sounds good. UDad: No. Just make a freaking decision. They treat their managers like God as he always makes the final decision, but it's really the team's decision. U: What's wrong with that? UDad: (waves hand away) And everything is so deep to them. U: So? UDad: This guy hands me a kanji of my name and went over how deep everything was in it (imitates badly) This is a very sacred letter... U: That sounds beautiful. UDad: Who cares. U: The Japanese do! UDad: Then this one guy spends at least a few minutes talking about his zen garden every time I just needed numbers (imitates badly) Oh how the sunrise on my coy pond made me connect with the entire universe! U: That sounds really nice, Dad. I think you're jealous. UDad: (drinks beer) It ain't my thing, my dear. U: You just can't handle they are better than US. UDad: They do have better toilets. U: Yeah, I know... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member I have to admit even though I didn't like the submissive Japanese women demonstration, this is a beautiful story with some sad and happy moments. The movie is beautiful to watch and at least tries to show some light on Japanese culture. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Stationed in Japan during the Korean War, U.S. Air Force Major Lloyd "Ace" Gruver falls for the beautiful Japanese actress Hana-ogi (Miiko Taka). However, he is hesitant to pursue the relationship due to the unfortunate example of his crew chief, Airman Joe Kelly (Red Buttons). Kelly, against official military advice and the prejudices of his commanding officers, married a Japanese woman, Katsumi (Miyoshi Umeki), and his military career has suffered ever since.
Director
Joshua Logan
Producer
William Goetz
Screenwriter
Paul Osborn
Distributor
Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Co
Pennebaker Productions, William Goetz Productions
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 5, 1957, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 1, 2018
Runtime
2h 27m