Not Rated | | Drama, Romance
A US Air Force major in Kobe confronts his own opposition to marriages between American servicemen and Japanese women when he falls for a beautiful performer.
Marlon Brando was not the first choice for the lead role. It was offered to Rock Hudson, but he chose to make A Farewell to Arms (1957) instead.
It is custom for lovers to die together when they can no longer face life.
Katsumi: It is so beautiful...
Joe Kelly: "Beautiful"? They're gonna' die, aren't they?
Katsumi: They will live in another world, on a beautiful lake, floating always together, like water lily.
Joe Kelly: Sure.
Several times during the movie salutes are improperly exchanged between officers and between officers and enlisted. Military protocol requires the salute of the junior officer to be held until returned by the senior officer. The same thing applies when an enlisted man salutes an officer of any rank.