The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)

The Teahouse of the August Moon




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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Patrick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 7, 2006



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Critic Reviews for The Teahouse of the August Moon

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Huge commercial hit and uncharacteristically light comedy for Brando, after winning the Oscar for the drama On the Waterfront.

Full Review… | February 18, 2013

Time has actually been kind to The Teahouse of the August Moon

Full Review… | January 31, 2009

Offbeat Brando role is main reason to see this funny service comedy.

August 14, 2007

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

Mike T.

Super Reviewer

Wow. Never even heard of this and came across by accident on Netflix. Part of 1950's Hollywood and probably the USA's attempt at normalizing relations between America and Japan by todays standards the film although mildly entertaining is a train wreck of racism. Taken from a play the authors realise this and the Okinawans led by Marlon Brando in Japanese make-up ( I thought Sean Connery looked bizarre) out wit the American Army sent to "educate" them in the days after World War 2. To his credit Brando does the best he can with the role but still sounds very Brooklynish and his hair looks like he's a young Jor-El from Superman. The cast is good, but Glenn Ford was weak in his part.

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