The long awaited indie film “Only the Brave” is finally out! The film with an all-star Asian American cast that has been making the rounds at various film festivals since 2006 (and is Pat Morita’s last film) is now out on DVD!
It’s an important film for Asian America. It tells the story of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated World War II unit, made up entirely of Japanese Americans.
We all know that after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, the American government rounded up 120,000 Japanese American citizens — women, children and men — and locked them up in internment camps.
What may not be as well known is that 1,400 Hawaiian Territorial Guardsmen petitioned the U.S. government to allow them to serve their country. They became the 100th Infantry Battalion, and were soon joined by the 442nd, comprised of Nisei volunteers from the internment camps.
The unit was shipped out to Europe and would become the most decorated unit of their size and length of service in American military history. The film’s tagline says it all: 21 Medals of Honor, 9,486 Purple Hearts, 588 Silver Stars, 5,200 Bronze Stars. This is their story.
And in many ways, it’s ours as well.
“Only the Brave” was written and directed by award-winning playwright Lane Nishikawa, and stars Asian American actors Jason Scott Lee, Mark Dacascos, Yuji Okumoto, Greg Watanabe, Pat Noriyuki Morita, and Tamlyn Tomita.
Get your copy of “Only the Brave” at Amazon.com and www.OnlyTheBraveMovie.com.