History Film / Sayonara

1st Dec '16 4:41:03 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* {{Yellowface}}: Part of the FairForItsDay ethic motif that this film reeks of. Averted in the case of the two Japanese women that Gruver and Kelly fall in love with. However, apparently it was asking too much of audiences in 1957 to have an Asian man romance a white woman, so Ricardo Montalban, a Mexican, was cast as Eileen's love interest Nakamura.

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* {{Yellowface}}: Part of the FairForItsDay ethic motif that this film reeks of. Averted in the case of the two Japanese women that Gruver and Kelly fall in love with. However, apparently it was asking too much of audiences in 1957 to have an Asian man romance a white woman, so Ricardo Montalban, Creator/RicardoMontalban, a Mexican, was cast as Eileen's love interest Nakamura.
16th Jul '15 12:32:18 AM mlsmithca
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By today's standards, the film largely comes off as dated--perhaps even racist--, between the [[TastesLikeDiabetes 50s melodrama]] and [[ThirtySecondsOverTokyo stereotypical portrayal of Japan and Japanese women]]. [[FairForItsDay In 1957, however, a film portraying Japan and interracial marriages in a sympathetic light was a risque rarity]], especially considering that director JoshuaLogan had initially wanted '''''Creator/AudreyHepburn''''' for Taka's role, and that the book it was based on ended with Gruver and Taka deciding that they would never be compatible and breaking up.

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By today's standards, the film largely comes off as dated--perhaps even racist--, between racist--between the [[TastesLikeDiabetes 50s melodrama]] and [[ThirtySecondsOverTokyo stereotypical portrayal of Japan and Japanese women]]. [[FairForItsDay In 1957, however, a film portraying Japan and interracial marriages in a sympathetic light was a risque rarity]], especially considering that director JoshuaLogan had initially wanted '''''Creator/AudreyHepburn''''' ''Creator/AudreyHepburn'' for Taka's role, and that the book it was based on ended with Gruver and Taka deciding that they would never be compatible and breaking up.
29th Jun '14 1:29:10 AM mongol
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* GoingNative: Kelly starts adopting Japanese dress and Japanese customs after marrying Katsumi.



* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: As noted in the introduction, one of the most iconic examples, as Gruver and Kelly both take up with Japanese women. Somewhat subverted in the case of Kelly, who starts taking on more Japanese customs after marrying Katsumi.

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* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: As noted in the introduction, one of the most iconic examples, as Gruver and Kelly both take up with Japanese women.women, who are both subservient to their men. Somewhat subverted in the case of Kelly, who starts taking on more Japanese customs after marrying Katsumi.
29th Jun '14 1:16:29 AM mongol
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Lloyd Gruver (MarlonBrando), a United States Air Force Major stationed in Korea whose father is a four-star general and who is prejudiced against Asians, is irritated that many of his friends and associates are marrying Asian women (something which the U.S. Military as a whole strongly disapproves of). He is transferred to a desk job in Kobe, Japan, under command of his father's friend--three-star general Webster (Kent Smith). Lyold is engaged to Webster's daughter, Eileen (Patricia Owens), but he doesn't seem particularly attracted to her. Reluctantly, he serves as the best man at the wedding of his crew chief Joe Kelly (RedButtons) to local woman Katsumi (MiyoshiUmeki). Gruver finds his prejudices challenged when he himself falls in love with the beautiful Takarazuka actress/dancer Hana-ogi (Miiko Taka)...

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Lloyd Gruver (MarlonBrando), (Creator/MarlonBrando), a United States Air Force Major stationed in Korea whose father is a four-star general and who is prejudiced against Asians, is irritated that many of his friends and associates are marrying Asian women (something which the U.S. Military as a whole strongly disapproves of). He is transferred to a desk job in Kobe, Japan, under command of his father's friend--three-star general Webster (Kent Smith). Lyold Lloyd is engaged to Webster's daughter, Eileen (Patricia Owens), but he doesn't seem particularly attracted to her. Reluctantly, he serves as the best man at the wedding of his crew chief Joe Kelly (RedButtons) to local woman Katsumi (MiyoshiUmeki). Gruver finds his prejudices challenged when he himself falls in love with the beautiful Takarazuka actress/dancer Hana-ogi (Miiko Taka)...
29th Jun '14 1:15:19 AM mongol
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* ShellShockedVeteran: Gruver, to an extent. He's rattled after he sees the face of the last enemy pilot that he shot down.
29th Jun '14 1:12:01 AM mongol
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* AcePilot: Gruver.

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* AcePilot: Gruver. He is annoyed when he's taken off combat duty in Korea to ride a desk in Japan while getting married to TheGeneralsDaughter.



* DisposableFiancee: It doesn't take very much for Gruver to dump Eileen. Justified in that from the beginning, it seems like he's marrying her only because he's supposed to.



* MalignedMixedMarriage: Both the U.S. goverment and the USAF strongly disapprove of servicemen marrying Japanese women, so Kelly gets in a lot of trouble when he marries Katsumi.



* SceneryPorn

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* SceneryPornMightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: As noted in the introduction, one of the most iconic examples, as Gruver and Kelly both take up with Japanese women. Somewhat subverted in the case of Kelly, who starts taking on more Japanese customs after marrying Katsumi.
* SceneryPorn: Some really lovely color photography of Japan.



* {{Tearjerker}}: [[spoiler:Kelly and Katsumi's suicide.]]
* ThirtySecondsOverTokyo
* TitleDrop: The very last line in the movie. [[spoiler: When reporters hound Gruver to comment on the backlash he is expecting from his superiors for marrying a Japanese woman, he answers, "Tell 'em I said 'Sayonara.'"]]
* [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath]]: One of the definitive cinematic examples.

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* StupidSacrifice: Kelly's been ordered back to the States by his vengeful, racist, petty CO. Due to America's racist immigration laws and the racism endemic to the USAF, he can't take his pregnant Japanese wife home with him. So...Kelly will ride out his enlistment and then return to Japan, right? Send money via Western Union until he's out of the Air Force, right? Right? No, he and his wife will kill themselves instead.
* {{Tearjerker}}: [[spoiler:Kelly Kelly and Katsumi's suicide.]]
suicide.
* ThirtySecondsOverTokyo
ThirtySecondsOverTokyo: All the women in Japan are dancers in theater troupes, apparently.
* TitleDrop: The very last line in the movie. [[spoiler: When reporters hound Gruver to comment on the backlash he is expecting from his superiors for marrying a Japanese woman, he answers, "Tell 'em I said 'Sayonara.'"]]
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* [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath]]: TogetherInDeath: One of the definitive cinematic examples.
examples, as Kelly and Katsumi are found in an embrace.
* {{Yellowface}}: Part of the FairForItsDay ethic motif that this film reeks of. Averted in the case of the two Japanese women that Gruver and Kelly fall in love with. However, apparently it was asking too much of audiences in 1957 to have an Asian man romance a white woman, so Ricardo Montalban, a Mexican, was cast as Eileen's love interest Nakamura.
1st Jun '14 10:15:16 AM Kirayoshi
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* TitleDrop: The very last line in the movie. [[spoiler: When reporters hound Gruver to comment on the backlash he is expecting from his superiors for marrying a Japanese woman, he answers, "Tell 'em I said 'Sayonara.'"]]
6th Apr '13 10:21:39 AM SeptimusHeap
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The 2nd most quintessential AsianGalWithWhiteGuy movie, after ''TheWorldOfSuzieWong''.

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The 2nd most quintessential AsianGalWithWhiteGuy MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow movie, after ''TheWorldOfSuzieWong''.



* AsianGalWithWhiteGuy
11th Jan '13 6:39:17 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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By today's standards, the film largely comes off as dated--perhaps even racist--, between the [[TastesLikeDiabetes 50s melodrama]] and [[ThirtySecondsOverTokyo stereotypical portrayal of Japan and Japanese women]]. [[FairForItsDay In 1957, however, a film portraying Japan and interracial marriages in a sympathetic light was a risque rarity]], especially considering that director JoshuaLogan had initially wanted '''''AudreyHepburn''''' for Taka's role, and that the book it was based on ended with Gruver and Taka deciding that they would never be compatible and breaking up.

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By today's standards, the film largely comes off as dated--perhaps even racist--, between the [[TastesLikeDiabetes 50s melodrama]] and [[ThirtySecondsOverTokyo stereotypical portrayal of Japan and Japanese women]]. [[FairForItsDay In 1957, however, a film portraying Japan and interracial marriages in a sympathetic light was a risque rarity]], especially considering that director JoshuaLogan had initially wanted '''''AudreyHepburn''''' '''''Creator/AudreyHepburn''''' for Taka's role, and that the book it was based on ended with Gruver and Taka deciding that they would never be compatible and breaking up.
12th Dec '12 9:15:16 PM erforce
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The 2nd most quintessential AsianGalWithWhiteGuy movie, after ''TheWorldOfSuzieWong''.

Lloyd Gruver (MarlonBrando), a United States Air Force Major stationed in Korea whose father is a four-star general and who is prejudiced against Asians, is irritated that many of his friends and associates are marrying Asian women (something which the U.S. Military as a whole strongly disapproves of). He is transferred to a desk job in Kobe, Japan, under command of his father's friend--three-star general Webster (Kent Smith). Lyold is engaged to Webster's daughter, Eileen (Patricia Owens), but he doesn't seem particularly attracted to her. Reluctantly, he serves as the best man at the wedding of his crew chief Joe Kelly (RedButtons) to local woman Katsumi (MiyoshiUmeki). Gruver finds his prejudices challenged when he himself falls in love with the beautiful Takarazuka actress/dancer Hana-ogi (Miiko Taka)...

By today's standards, the film largely comes off as dated--perhaps even racist--, between the [[TastesLikeDiabetes 50s melodrama]] and [[ThirtySecondsOverTokyo stereotypical portrayal of Japan and Japanese women]]. [[FairForItsDay In 1957, however, a film portraying Japan and interracial marriages in a sympathetic light was a risque rarity]], especially considering that director JoshuaLogan had initially wanted '''''AudreyHepburn''''' for Taka's role, and that the book it was based on ended with Gruver and Taka deciding that they would never be compatible and breaking up.

Earned Best Supporting Actor awards for Red Buttons and Miyoshi Umeki--making her the first and only Asian performer to win said award.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AcePilot: Gruver.
* AsianGalWithWhiteGuy
* BetaCouple: Kelly/Katsumi and Eileen/Nakamura.
* FilmOfTheBook
* {{Melodrama}}
* SceneryPorn
* StarCrossedLovers: Kelly and Katsumi.
* {{Tearjerker}}: [[spoiler:Kelly and Katsumi's suicide.]]
* ThirtySecondsOverTokyo
* [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath]]: One of the definitive cinematic examples.

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