Only the Brave (2006)





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Actor, playwright, and stage director Lane Nishikawa takes his first turn behind the camera with this war drama detailing the efforts of the Japanese-American 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all-volunteer brigade, in ensuring a U.S. victory during World War II. Shortly after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, 5,000 Japanese-American soldiers were discharged from the military, and 120,000 men women and children were relocated to heavily guarded internment camps in the U.S. After petitioning the U.S. government for the right to serve, some 1,400 Hawaiian Territorial Guardsmen from Japanese families were allowed to serve in what would be known as the 100th Infantry Battalion. Later dubbed the "Purple Heart Battalion" for their bravery on the battlefield in North Africa and Italy, the soldiers went on to free three towns in Southern France before attempting to rescue the Texas' 36th Division from a perilous situation in France's Vosges Mountains. There on a towering plateau, 275 American soldiers were facing a hopeless situation. Surrounded on all sides by thousands of German soldiers, they had little hope for escape. A substantially larger Army unit had already failed at a rescue attempt, but the brave men of the 100th/442nd were determined to succeed. And despite heavy losses, they ultimately rescued 211 of the 275 stranded Texans. This is the story of the soldiers who didn't allow the racism of the time to taint their patriotism, and the experiences they endured on the road to becoming some of the most celebrated heroes of World War II.
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Mark Dacascos
as Sgt. Steve 'Zaki' Senzaki
Jason Scott Lee
as Sgt. Glenn 'Tak' Takase
Jeff Fahey
as Lt. William Terry
Tamlyn Tomita
as Mary Takata
Emily Liu
as Nancy Loo
Ken Narasaki
as Dr. Richard 'Doc' Naganuma
Greg Watanabe
as Private Freddy Watada
Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita
as Seigo Takata
Lane Nishikawa
as Sgt. Jimmy Takata
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All Critics (3)

Only the Brave is a little movie, but a good, powerful, haunting feature nonetheless. And it's way overdue, the last 442nd/100th movie was Go For Broke, 1951.

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

In addition to being a taut and exciting war film, with realistic combat scenes and flashbacks and flash-forwards to the soldiers' civilian lives, Only the Brave serves to educate viewers about the diversity of the Japanese American troops.

June 6, 2008
Sacramento Bee

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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Only the Brave


Similar to "Passchendaele". Lane Nishikawa does a great Edward James Olmos imitation... or is that really his real voice?! The film was very predictable and the antithesis of poignant.

Eric Jenkins
Eric Jenkins

An all inclusive story of the Japanese Americans who fought in World War II while their families were illegally interned in American Relocation camps. This movie shows that Japanese Americans are Americans.....who fought and died to prove their loyalty to a country that treated them like second class citizens at that time

Matthew Ota
Matthew Ota

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