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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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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Budget:

$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,135, 30 May 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$142,060, 11 July 2010
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To save 211 Texans the Japanese-Americans lost 800 men. See more »

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Finally!
8 May 2006 | by narasaki9See all my reviews

This is a terrific film and tribute to an unbelievable group of soldiers and just one of their amazing accomplishments. With all the renewed interest in World War II as this generation of men begin to pass from the scene, I can't believe there haven't been more films about the little- known exploits of this all-Japanese American 442nd RCT. As of this writing, this film has mainly been on the film festival circuit - I can't believe this was a low-budget, independent film - a period piece, and a war picture, to boot. A great cast, including such Asian American luminaries like Jason Scott Lee, Mark Dacascos, Tamlyn Tomita, Pat Morita (maybe his last performance), and others, along with a scrupulous attention to detail - weapons, uniforms, etc. - make this a stand-out film. The script's basic theme - that each of these men were more than just soldiers, they each had families, loved ones, reasons to live - magnify the tragedy of each death, so this film not only honors and glorifies these men's accomplishments, it also serves as a meditation on the true cost of war. Hope this sparks many, many more films about these guys!


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