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The Teahouse of the August Moon Details

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Marlon Brando went out on yet another creative limb when he insisted upon playing sly, philosophical Okinawan interpreter Sakima in the 1956 filmization of John Patrick's Broadway play Teahouse of the August Moon. While he occasionally lapses into "flied lice" stereotyping, for the most part Brando is quite effective and amusing, especially when facing up to the difficult task of speaking directly to the audience. The story is set in Okinawa in the months following V-J Day. Paul Ford (repeating his Broadway role - and replacing Louis Calhern, who died at the start of production) plays an American colonel in charge of the occupation troops. Determined to bring Western civilization to the Okinawans, the colonel assigns captain Glenn Ford to do his bidding. A habitual screw-up, Captain Ford hopes to make good by organizing the Okinawan women into a social club and by building a schoolhouse. But the villagers would rather erect a teahouse, serviced by pretty geisha girls. The ever-resourceful Sakima (Brando) does his manipulative best to curry favor with the Americans while still mollifying his own people. Co-starring in Teahouse of the August Moon is Machiko Kyo, leading lady of such Japanese film classics as Machiko Kyo and Machiko Kyo ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marlon Brando Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1956 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Eddie Albert Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1956 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Machiko Kyo Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1956 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Glenn Ford Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1956 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Daniel Mann Best Director 1956 Nominee

Cast

Marlon Brando
as Sakini
Glenn Ford
as Capt. Fisby
Machiko Kyo
as Lotus Blossom
Eddie Albert
as Captain McLean
Paul Ford
as Colonel Purdy
Jun Negami
as Mr. Seiko
Mitsuko Sawamura
as Little Girl
Frank Tokunaga
as Mr. Omura
Roger McGee
Aya Oyama
as Daughter on Jeep
Miyoshi Jingu
as Old Woman on Jeep
Nijiko Kiyokawa
as Miss Higa Jiga
Louis Calhern
Miyoshi Jingu
as Old Woman on Jeep
Nijiko Kiyokawa
as Miss Higa Jiga
Aya Oyama
as Daughter on Jeep

Crew

Daniel Mann
Director
Jack Cummings
Producer
John Alton
Cinematographer
Saul Chaplin
Composer (Music Score)
Saul Chaplin
Musical Direction/Supervision
Harold Kress
Editor
Eddie Imazu
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Hugh Hunt
Set Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
William J. Tuttle
Makeup
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