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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:

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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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standard TV movie drivel
28 March 2010 | by gerard_clarkeSee all my reviews

I read the reviews for this and while not expecting a saving private Ryan I was expecting a film of some substance.

The film starts off very lob-sided with the usual intro of history and how the unit came into being. But immediately it's 1944 and you are not sure where everyone is. The accents etc are very poor as this unit is supposed to be Hawaiian/Asian American but everyone speaks in a very poor take on Harvard English imitation of a Japanese person.

I gave this film 3 out of 10 as after 10 minutes I couldn't watch any more of it. The characters were 1 dimensional and even though they were most likely based on real people I had no feeling for them and this left me not caring about them. Very poor direction of a very average TV movie which will be shown at midnight on some cable channel. I'd avoid and look out for better efforts.

This is a good story but it was deserving of a better telling. You got a sense the director had seen band of brothers and thought that that was enough to sell his movie. My advice, avoid and watch band of brothers, Tuskegee airmen, Glory or any other movie like when trumpets fade...


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