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The Teahouse Of The August Moon

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  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Machiko Kyo, Eddie Albert, Paul Ford
  • Directors: Daniel Mann
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Warner Brothers
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KE045M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,617 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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99 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Keisuke Hoashi on June 3, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Genetically, I am Japanese, so I was all set to hate this film for Marlon Brando's casting as an Okinawan. I was astonished to find myself loving his performance; I feel he perfectly captured the sardonically innocent attitude of Sakini, and suddenly developed a huge respect for his acting talents. Next, I started listening to the dialogue, and was amazed at its wittiness, intelligence, and perceptiveness. In fact, the title ("The Teahouse of the August Moon") never remotely suggested "comedy" to me; I was expecting another dreary wartime American Soldier / Japanese Geisha tale. Discovering this film to be among the best-written comedies in American Theatre history was the nicest shock I've had for a while. This is on a par with "MASH" in its smart skewering of the American military mind. But more important to me was the film's debunking of oriental stereotypes. A handful of Okinawans prove, in the end, to be more intelligent, resourceful, realistic, and adaptable than the entire US Government, simply by being themselves. To all so-called "Asian Americans": get over your (understandable) objections to "yellowface" and watch this film. I do agree that putting Marlon Brando in Oriental makeup would be unforgivably racist now, but I accept the reality that that was how things were routinely done in 1950s American film and theatre. Look past the makeup and you'll discover an absolutely wonderful film.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John Vance Snow on January 27, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is the film of John Patrick's 1954 Pulitizer-prize winning adaptation of Vern Sneider's 1951 novel. It is a joy from start to finish. Brando turns in one of his most striking performances -- you can see him having a great time in the role of the "alchemist" Sakini, forever making things turn out right. The Japanese cast members acquit themselves excellently, with special mention due to Machiko Kyo as the geisha Lotus Blossom. The work is beautifully filmed and a real pleasure. Look for Eddie Albert and Harry Morgan (MASH) in supporting roles. The Teahouse of the August Moon gives gentle joy, and, fifty years on, shows very little sign of age. It is a fragile but strong structure, one of the happiest films I know.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Marty Field on March 25, 2008
Format: DVD
This was a movie on DVD. It had all the promotional material I'd like to know: actors and director, wide or full screen, black and white or color, sound capabilities, etc. A color picture of the actors on the cover was important. If I hadn't seen it, I'd want to know something about the plot. It actually was a popular play just after World War II and then was filmed in the 1950s.
It's about a well-meaning US Army Lieutenant in Okinawa, who is somewhat of a misfit in the service. He is given the job of carrying out the Pentagon plan for reconstruction for a small village there after the war. He is given a rogue of a native interpreter to help, but the people and interpreter have their own ideas about what's good for them. Along the way he is given a Geisha girl, which adds to the confusion. There are many subtle witicisms and body language communicates even more, which helps as there are two languages. He comes to understand their point of view and adapts to what they want of him. They value his kindness, fairness and abilities. It is a humorous look at cultural views and interaction, sometimes with misunderstanding, but how with good will people can work together for a positive outcome.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Daisy Brambletoes on July 11, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first saw this film when I was 9 or 10, at a time when I was already a bit of a Japanophile, and vaguely aware of geisha because of a beautiful music box I got one Christmas that had a tiny dancing geisha inside, and so when Lotus Blossum (the wonderful Machiko Kyo, who has played opposite such greats as Toshiro Mifune) wore her lovely lavendar kimono with the purple parasol, and later danced in the Tobiki Teahouse, it was one of the most magical things I had ever seen, and began my lifelong fascination with geisha.

This charming, often under-rated movie is set in post-war Okinawa, which looks in this film as if it was still lost in time (I half expect to see the blind swordsman, Zatoichi, comning down the road). The main lesson being taught, I suppose, is that people like Col.Purdy see the world in a very narrow perspective and wanted to squeeze his little bit of conquered Japan into his own image. He is a bureaucrat who doesn't understand the Army, doesn't understand Japan, and doesn't seem to understand anything that rocks his little boat. And even though the hard work of Captain Fisby and the people of Tobiki in restoring their village is succeeding beyond anyone's wildest dreams, Purdy nearly destroys it to make it conform to his obtuse reality.

The kudos of this film go to Glenn Ford, Eddie Albert, and Machiko Kyo for unforgetable characters, and Brando is likable as a Japanese gofer, even if he still looks and sounds like Brando beneath the makeup. It is not one of his best roles, but it is still fun to watch.
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