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Lloyd Gruver is a Korean war hero stationed in Japan and destined to marry military brat Eileen Webster. He is dismayed by his military comrades who choose to marry Japanese girls rather than "good old American girls." That is, until he meets Hana-Ogi, the most famous dancer in Japan. Soon he finds himself falling in love with the enemy, and at odds with his commanders.
This is an incredible love story that shows how love can transcend nationality, language, and even prejudice. There are some harsh truths about how American women have created their own prison, their fierce feminism leading to loveless marriages. The ending is both heartbreaking and beautiful, and is a testament to the fundamental differences in American and Japanese culture.