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Go for Broke! (1951)

The story of Japanese-American soldiers who fought in Europe during World War II.

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Lane Nakano ...
Sam
George Miki ...
Akira Fukunaga ...
Frank
Ken K. Okamoto ...
Kaz
Henry Oyasato ...
Ohhara
Harry Hamada ...
Masami
Henry Nakamura ...
Tommy
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Col. Charles W. Pence
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Sgt. Wilson I. Culley
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Rosina (as Gianna Canale)
Dan Riss ...
Capt. Solari
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A tribute to the U.S. 442nd Regimental Combat Team, formed in 1943 by Presidential permission with Japanese-American volunteers. We follow the training of a platoon under the rueful command of Lt. Mike Grayson who shares common prejudices of the time. The 442nd serve in Italy, then France, distinguishing themselves in skirmishes and battles; gradually and naturally, Grayson's prejudices evaporate with dawning realization that his men are better soldiers than he is. Not preachy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The HEROES of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team See more »

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14 September 1951 (Australia)  »

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Tout ou rien  »

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$1,337,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Even though the 442nd Regimental Combat Team is the most decorated unit in US Army history, there is only one brief--VERY brief--scene of President Harry S. Truman pinning a medal on a soldier's chest, with no ceremony or dialogue. There is also an earlier reference, almost a throwaway line, by Lt. Grayson (Van Johnson) about awarding a soldier a medal. See more »

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When the unit is sent to rescue the Lost Battalion, they are clearing a path for the tank that is to be brought up to give support. When the tank finally arrives, it is an M24 Chaffee Light Tank, the mission to rescue the Lost Battalion occurred between Oct. 26 - 30, 1944; the M24 did not arrive in France until November 1944. See more »

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[first lines]
Japanese-American Soldier: Kanakas. The ones from Hawaii. You know what they call us mainlanders? Kotonks. The way they tell it if you rap on our heads it's like hitting a coconut. Hollow heads, you know? Kotonk, kotonk, kotonk.
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Rings true
14 June 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Most people know about the imprisonment of many Japanese Americans in camps during World War II, however, relatively few know the history of involvement by Japanese Americans in World War II. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was sanctioned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and consisted of Japanese American volunteers. These faithful Americans came to the military for many different reasons, and this film does a wonderful job of illustrating the diversity within the team as well as their courageous dedication to service despite the adverse conditions they and their families faced in an America at war with their ancestral homeland.

This adversity is personified in the character of Lieutenant Grayson (Van Johnson) - a tall, blond, Texan with a bad attitude about working with what he calls "Japs". Though Grayson's story arc is not really very surprising, it is thoroughly believable. The excellent Oscar-nominated Robert Porash script, solid editing and directing, and Johnson's nice performance make his portrayal of the archetypal understated Texan quite excellent. I can say this because I am a Texas-ex - though you never really get the place out of your heart.

For once, the minority is less stereotyped than the Northern European-American males! The Japanese-American actors are all excellent, and are the real stars of this film.

I agree with the vast majority of reviews published here on IMDb about this significant and entertaining film. Go For Broke is a war film which very nicely explores human behavior, American social reality and ethics but also commemorates and celebrates the triumph of humanity in adverse situations.

Recommended!


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