The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
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Critic Reviews for The Teahouse of the August Moon
Huge commercial hit and uncharacteristically light comedy for Brando, after winning the Oscar for the drama On the Waterfront.
Time has actually been kind to The Teahouse of the August Moon
Offbeat Brando role is main reason to see this funny service comedy.
Audience Reviews for The Teahouse of the August Moon
The island of Okinawa during the American occupation of the late forties, and Ford's job is to indoctrinate the natives to good ol'Yankee values ... only the Okinawans, led by Marlon Brando as a smiling schemer in Asian makeup, have other ideas. Ugly ideas clothed in a polite approach.
Marlon Brando was a fearless actor who was constantly taking surprising, challenging work. This is one of the last roles anyone would expect him to play, and his performance is fantastic. This is a hilarious, involving film that, although politically incorrect by today's standards, is actually quite wholesome and sweet. The acting across the board is a pleasure to watch. Director Daniel Mann doesn't do anything remarkable with the material, and not all of the execution is perfect. Nevertheless, I was thoroughly entertained, and I would recommend this film to most people. It is the intelligence of the script and the colorful performances that make it so much fun.
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