(out of 5)

This South Pacific war drama must have seemed fantastic upon its successful original release, but in the years since it has definitely gathered a little dust. Still, it’s an enjoyable melodrama about an American soldier () stationed in Japan who indulges in a forbidden affair with a gorgeous ‘geisha girl’ (). Less hunky but more personable army man  also finds love with a local, played by  in a thoroughly delightful performance that led to a brief and underappreciated career in film (and garnered her an Academy Award to boot). In the foreground, these four ill-fated lovers burn their passions amid gorgeously photographed exotic locales. In the background, the war rages on ignored. It’s not bad in any particular way (though considerably too long for sure), but it seems silly decades later that Hollywood dealt with the huge problem of racism in America by telling stories about sheltered white men finding love with impossibly beautiful Asian women (see also Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing, South Pacific and, if you switch the genders of its protagonists, The King And I).


USA, 1957

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1957

Golden Globe Awards 1957

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