Last night I watched Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) on TCM–a comedy about postwar Japan. Marlon Brando plays Sakini in a bit of casting which these days would be considered extremely offensive.
I”m sure Brando just thought he was “acting” and meant no offence.
The original play and movie satirize the U.S. occupation and Americanization of the island of Okinawa following the end of WWII in 1945. It is all pretty silly.
Daughter #1 appeared in her high school production of the play when she was in the 9th grade.
Heavens to Betsy! How innocent/oblivious we were in 2000.