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Go for Broke! (1951)

Passed  -  Drama | History | War  -  22 September 1951 (Sweden)
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The story of Japanese-American soldiers who fought in Europe during World War II.

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Complete credited cast:
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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
Warner Anderson ...
Col. Charles W. Pence
Don Haggerty ...
Sgt. Wilson I. Culley
Gianna Maria Canale ...
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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Several of the main characters were played by actual members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team depicted in the film. The men saw action with the outfit in Italy and France. See more »

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Railroad freight cars in French village are American style four axle types. European railroads use two axle freight cars. 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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Go for Broke Tackles Prejudice ***
29 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Japanese-Americans serving in the U.S. army during World War 11 is the central theme of this film. How ironic that this occurred while we were placing other Japanese-Americans in internment camps during this period.

Van Johnson harbors prejudice as he chosen to shape these recruits up. While he runs into difficulty with top brass, he does his job well.

He comes to understand and appreciate his men. When he meets up with his old Texas regiment, he fights someone for passing an anti-Japanese remark.

The Japanese players do a good job of showing that their true spirits were with the U.S.

A totally satisfying film depicting the human spirit.


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