Marlon Brando meets with reporters in Tokyo in January, 1957.

Marlon Brando meets with reporters in Tokyo in January, 1957. (©Stars and Stripes)

TOKYO — Marlon Brando told newsmen Thursday "I do not feel that I fulfilled the part" in MGM's "The Teahouse of the August Moon."

"I was not satisfied with my portrayal," he added, referring to his work as the rascally Okinawan interpreter, Sakini.

The popular Hollywood star, in Japan for a leading role in Warner Bros.' "Sayonara," also said he has "no definite impression' about his role as an Air Force major in the film, but is "optimistic about it."

ASKED FOR an opinion on his co-star, Mieko Taka, Brando explained that their meeting had been brief ("possibly six minutes or so") but he feels the attractive Nisei. is "potentially a good actress and a very gracious person."

"I insisted that a Japanese play the part of Hana-ogi," Brando said, "and Miss Taka Is Japanese ... in thinking and in background."

Skirting questions about Japanese and American women, Brando flashed a big grin when a reporter from a Japanese fan magazine asked for his views on double suicides.

SAID Brando: "A messy affair at best. "

Brando leaves Saturday for approximately nine weeks of on-location filming in the Kyoto area.

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