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To Be Takei (2014)

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A look at the many roles played by eclectic actor/activist George Takei, whose wit, humor and grace have helped him to become an internationally beloved figure and Internet phenomenon with 7-million Facebook fans and counting.


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Credited cast:
George Takei ... Himself
Brad Takei ... Himself (as Brad Takei)
Walter Koenig ... Himself
William Shatner ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Ammiano Tom Ammiano ... Himself
Antonio Brown Antonio Brown ... Himself
John Cho ... Himself
Daniel Inouye Daniel Inouye ... Himself
Jay Kuo Jay Kuo
Telly Leung ... Himself
Norman Mineta Norman Mineta ... Himself
Nichelle Nichols ... Herself
Leonard Nimoy ... Himself
Eddie Paskey ... Himself
Lea Salonga ... Herself


From outer space to Capitol Hill, from the silver screen to YouTube, the legendary George Takei has blazed his own trail while conquering new frontiers with a beaming trademark grin. Oh, my! To Be Takei is a look at the many roles played by eclectic 77-year-old actor/activist George Takei. His wit, humor and grace have helped him to become an internationally beloved figure and Internet phenomenon with 7-million Facebook fans and counting. The film offers unprecedented access to the daily life of George and his husband/business partner Brad and chronicles George's fascinating personal journey from Japanese American internment camp to his iconic and groundbreaking role as Sulu on "Star Trek," and his rise as an pop culture icon. Written by Official site

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A star's trek for life, liberty and love.


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Release Date:

22 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The George Takei Documentary Project See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,194, 19 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$51,481, 19 September 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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George Takei: Oh, well what do you know? There's a billboard with Bill Shatner and he's got this tape over his mouth... as well there should be.
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Oh My!
24 August 2014 | by sherilcoxSee all my reviews

It must be more than okay to be Tokei, it must be fantastic! Watching George and his husband, Brad, interact with each other and with their crowds of fans was a great way to hide from an oppressively hot August afternoon. Their honest affection for each other and tender regard for each other's friends and family evoked collective sighs and chuckles from a small but appreciative cinema audience.

We see George recount memories of his childhood internment, and then later watch him perform in the new theatrical musical, "Allegiance," bringing those memories to life as he and his collaborators prepare for a Broadway preview later this year. His unmistakable voice, his inimitable laugh, and charismatic presence are beautifully balanced by Brad's more practical and less animated personality.

"To Be Takei" is a must see for Trekkies and others who appreciate the contributions of my favorite starship helmsman. Cameos from Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, and Walter Koenig prove that William Shatner is creepier than a Clingon. And, amazingly enough, I was able to watch Howard Stern without breaking-out in a brain rash. I positively enjoyed this documentary and look forward to sharing it with others once it becomes available through my subscription service.

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