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Going for Broke

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In the wake of Pearl Harbor, how did Japanese-Americans overcome vicious racial hatred, loss of constitutional rights, and forced imprisonment? Powerful archival footage and wrenching interviews with veterans reveal the untold story of Japanese-American soldiers who valiantly fought for freedom around the world while battling prejudice at home. Hosted by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye and narrated by George Takei (Star Trek), Going for Broke honors the heroes who grew out of this climate of hate and injustice.

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Product Details

  • Actors: George Takei, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000DN5W1G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,529 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nazario A. Gonzales on June 29, 2009
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My son married a Japanese woman 17 years ago, while living and working in Japan. In 2001, he moved back to the States with his wife and two sons, my grandsons. The boys know about the war with Japan, but they did not know anything about the bravery of the Japanese-Americans who served in the 442nd RCT. I wanted my grandsons to know that Japanese-Americans are loyal, brave, and willing to sacrifice their lives for their country. "Going for Broke" is a perfect learning tool for my grandsons.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Mizuki on August 13, 2010
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This is a good DVD which tells the story of the Illegal Internment of my parents and grand parents and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated unit in United States History. There has not been enough stories told about this famous unit other than GO FOR BROKE. This tells about life in camp and this DVD should viewed by more people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SlydrVet on December 10, 2013
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A very excellent movie of the Japanese Americans in World War II. A must watch for the younger generation to help them understand the struggles this country went through during the last world war.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Carrillo on March 13, 2012
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Good movie. Brings to light sufferings/mistreatment of the Japanese Americans during WWII when all of their rights were taken away simply because of their race.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on December 18, 2007
It is most important to view the extra features on this disc. After viewing the main documentary, one could naturally ask, "Were Japanese Americans that separate and distant from Japanese nationals?" or "How did Japanese Americans deal with Southern segregation in the 1940s?" The extras answer those questions. Law professors frequently like to exclaim, "Don't play the oppression sweepstakes!!!" However, this segment clearly states that when Japanese-American soldiers saw "colored" or "white" fountains, bathrooms, or seats, they were told to use the "white" resources.

This documentary does not treat Japanese Americans as a monolithic group. It speaks of how those from the Mainland and those from Hawaii had completely different perspectives. The work also mentions that there were Japanese-American women who served in the military as well.

George Takei narrated this work. I love that diverse actors are getting narration opportunities. However, I must say that Takei spoke in a dramatic, extroverted style that goes against the neutral tones that most narrators take. It will seem like you are on the Starship Enterprise listening to Mr. Sulu telling you a story. Further, Takei never mentions that he lived in one of the camps as a child. When the documentary shows him speaking at a Japanese-American event in Los Angeles, he never says, "Hey, there's me MC-ing an event for these veterans."

This work never makes a connection between these Asian-American soldiers and the African-American Tuskegee Airmen or the Navajo code talkers. I think a whole bunch of ethnic studies papers could be written comparing and contrasting these different men of color in the US military.

If you have a soft spot for old people, then your buttons will be pushed here. These brave soldiers are now sweet, old men. They have fancy, beautiful Japanese last names too. It will tug at your heart when you see some of them shed tears.
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