The Teahouse of the August Moon
In post-WWII Japan, an American captain is brought in to help build a school, but the locals want a teahouse instead.
This comedy-drama is partially a gentle satire on America's drive to change the world in the post-war years. One year after World War II, Captain Fisby is sent to the village of Tobiki in Okinawa to teach the people democracy. The first step is to build a school -- but the wily Okinawans know what they really want. They tell him about their culture and traditions -- and persuade him to build something they really want instead: a teahouse. Fisby has a hard time breaking this news to his superiors.
—Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
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