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Go for Broke
Go for Broke
Actor: Van Johnson
Director: Robert Pirosh
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Educational, Documentary, Military & War
NR     2005     1hr 30min

Platform:  DVD MOVIE Publisher:  ALPHA VIDEO Packaging:  DVD STYLE BOX A bigoted Texan Lieutenant Michael Grayson (Van Johnson) is assigned to command the U.S. 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. Learning tha...  more »


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Actor: Van Johnson
Director: Robert Pirosh
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Educational, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Educational, Military & War, Military & War
Studio: Alpha Video
Format: DVD - Black and White - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/29/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

From a Sansei's Point of View
Akira Umemoto | Redondo Beach, CA USA | 04/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Being a third generation Japanese-American (Sansei), and having my parents interned in the camps, this movie has a special place in my heart. Robert Pirosh did an incredible job in getting so much information about the Japanese- American situation: the camps, the differences between the Hawaiian and State- side Japanese (Kotonks and Kanakas), the different views of the war and even using a Japanese curse word as a password! I was so impressed and pleased with the results.The movie follows the exploits of the 442, the first all-Nisei (Japanese- American) Regimental combat team in WWII. In early 1942, all the Japanese- Americans in California, Seattle, Oregon and Hawaii were uprooted from their homes and put into camps. All the volunteers were from the 10 internment camps throughout the western states. They felt that this was the only way to prove to the U. S. that they were as patriotic as anybody else, in fact most of them were American Citizens! Since they had nothing to lose, but their lives, their motto was "GO FOR BROKE!" and that's what they did. They are today the most decorated battalion in the history of the U.S. military and proved something that they shouldn't have to be proved, that they were Americans!Van Johnson is used as the "white man" foil, to show how the rest of the country looked at the Japanese-American, and he does a great job. He starts off as a bigot, but as he begins to understand and respect his troops, he becomes one of them. There's a funny scene where one of his men call him "BAKATARE", which is a curse word close to "Damn, stupid...." and tells him that the soldier is being very polite, he's bowing as he says this. This film has everything: humor, action, great characters and... truth!"
Go For Broke!
BKO | San Jose, CA | 05/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the only films to focus in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. It shows the courage of the Japanese-Americans who fought against the Germans during World War II while their families were still imprisoned in the United States. A favorite of my grandfather, a member of the 442nd."
A classic
Akira Umemoto | 02/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"THis movie portarayed one of the most decorrated U.S Army regiment in WWII. Despite all their hardship and racism, the Japanese American refected their heroism in combat in the Europian theaters. THere won't be any snoozee messages in this flicks, just the stories as the men of the 442nd told them."
A Unique Heartfelt Story.
Steve Guardala | ????? | 02/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This highly underrated film should be required viewing for any high school & University student. This film shows the two sides of the coin of life. Life is neither heads or tails, it is both. The film is about the US 442nd regiment combat team in WW2. The Japanese-American platoon had to fight both the Germans & the racial prejidices of their fellow GI's. Lieutenant Mike Grayson-Van Johnson trains the men, but does so very unwillingly. Soon during their campaigns in Italy & France in 1943-44, he develops a great admiration for the Japanese-Americans. The depth of their sacrifice & heroic strength-"Go For Broke motto," prove to him that they are both great soldiers & Americans.

To the present day they remain the most decorated unit in the history of the US military. The acting by all was good throughout. The only negatives of the film are that the battle scenes seem somewhat unrealistic & it could have been a bit longer."