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Only the Brave (2006)

R | | Drama, War | 17 February 2006 (USA)
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A searing portrait of war and prejudice, 'Only the Brave' takes you on a haunting journey into the hearts and minds of the forgotten heroes of WWII - the Japanese-American 100th/442nd. In ... See full summary »

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Lane Nishikawa

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tamlyn Tomita ... Mary Takata
Lane Nishikawa Lane Nishikawa ... Sgt. Jimmy Takata
Greg Watanabe Greg Watanabe ... Pvt. Freddy Watada
Mark Dacascos ... Sgt. Steve 'Zaki' Senzaki
Kipp Shiotani ... Cpl. Johnny 'Nomu' Nomura
Jason Scott Lee ... Sgt. Glenn 'Tak' Takase
Yuji Okumoto ... Sgt. Yukio 'Yuk' Nakajo
Ehécatl Chávez ... Father Jordan (as Ehecatl Chavez)
Sara Shields Sara Shields ... Renee Jordan
Casey Koiwai Casey Koiwai ... Johnny Nomura Jr.
Jordan Nakahara Jordan Nakahara ... Betty Nomura
Ken Narasaki ... Dr. Richard 'Doc' Naganuma
Kenneth Choi ... Pvt. Dave 'Bullseye' Fukushima (as Ken Choi)
Gina Hiraizumi ... Eleanor Takase
Michael Sun Lee ... Pvt. Al 'Kauai' Nakamura
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A searing portrait of war and prejudice, 'Only the Brave' takes you on a haunting journey into the hearts and minds of the forgotten heroes of WWII - the Japanese-American 100th/442nd. In 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, overnight Japanese Americans were put into internment camps for the duration of the war. Determined to prove their loyalty, 1400 Japanese Americans successfully petitioned the government to serve becoming the 100th Infantry Battalion. They were sent to North Africa, Italy and finally France were they performed an impossibly-dangerous rescue of the Texas 36th Division. During their two years of combat these men received an unparalleled 21 Medals of Honor, 9,486 Purple Hearts, 8 Presidential Citations, 53 Distinguished Service Crosses, 588 Silver Stars and 5,200 Bronze stars - making them the most decorated unit of their size in American military history. This is their story. Written by Randolph Kret

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21 Medals of Honor, 9,486 Purple Hearts, 588 Silver Stars, 5,200 Bronze Stars. This is their story

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Drama | War

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Rated R for some war violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Honra dos Guerreiros See more »

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Budget:

$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,135, 30 May 2010

Gross USA:

$142,060
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To save 211 Texans the Japanese-Americans lost 800 men. See more »

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A Respectable Effort
30 December 2004 | by sword_boySee all my reviews

I had the opportunity to screen Only The Brave at a special event sponsored by the filmmakers in Little Tokyo. The version I saw was close to being completed. I felt the movie resembled more of a play than a feature film; this shouldn't come as a surprise since Lane Nishikawa's background is in theater. While I found that a bit disappointing, there were aspects of the film that I admired. From start to finish Nishikawa's passion and reverence for the material is clearly evident. Overall, the acting in the film is good, and there are a handful of effective dramatic scenes. The casting of a couple of "name" actors was distracting to me -- particularly since I would be hard-pressed to call either Japanese American. Also, the version I saw lacked a traditional narrative structure, which was one of the reasons why it felt like a play to me. Nishikawa's intention is to release the finished film into theaters. I think Only The Brave is a worth a look for anyone with a special interest in Japanese American history.


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