MIS Human Secret Weapon (2012)




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A secret unit of the U.S. Army during World War II, the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) was almost comprised of Nisei, second generation Japanese American, military men who had pledged absolute allegiance to the United States at a time when most were facing social and political inequalities. This film will explore an untold chapter in Japanese American history and have the audience think about the values of "Peace". It describes how the MIS contributed to America's victory and to Japan's recovery after the World War II ended. This film is the third and final installment of the trilogy centered on Japanese American history during WWII, following "Toyo's Camera - Japanese American History during WWII" (2008) and "442: Live with Honor, Die with Dignity" (2010). -- (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for MIS Human Secret Weapon

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Given that the subject matter cries out for delicacy, and that the film's subjects seem emotionally fragile, Suzuki's tactics are surprisingly hamhanded.

Full Review… | April 9, 2012
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The execution is a bit clumsy, but the documentary "MIS: Human Secret Weapon" shines a light on an interesting bit of World War II history...

Full Review… | April 5, 2012
New York Times
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The third documentary in Junichi Suzuki's significant series about the Japanese American experience in World War II.

Full Review… | April 5, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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Although the veterans go light on tales from the front line, it's their stories of fractured identity that form the heart of the project.

Full Review… | April 3, 2012
Village Voice
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Filmmaker Junichi Suzuki reveals a WWII secret: 6,000 Japanese-Americans joined MIS (Military Intelligence Service, fighting against Japan, even 'tho the U.S. placed their loved ones into internment camps.

Full Review… | April 11, 2012

An important documentary about little-known, vital Japanese-American efforts to win World War II succeeds in imparting the story, although marred by some clumsily obvious directorial choices.

Full Review… | April 6, 2012
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