Going for Broke (film)

Title Going for Broke
Date 2005
Director Rolf Forsberg
Producer Christine Sato-Yamazaki (executive producer); Diane Tanaka (executive producer); Albert J. Nader (co-executive producer)
Writer Rolf Forsberg
Narrator George Takei
Editing William Mallek
Studio Go for Broke Educational Foundation
Distributor Questor Inc.
Runtime 57 minutes
IMDB Going for Broke

Documentary film that provides an overview of Japanese Americans who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service (MIS) during World War II using archival footage, interviews, and contemporary footage of key wartime locations. The film also includes information on the history of Japanese Americans before the war and the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans and is narrated by George Takei and "hosted" by Daniel Inouye. Going for Broke was produced in 2005 by the Go For Broke Educational Foundation, with funding from Farmers' Insurance. The film's tagline is "They Believed in America, When America No Longer Believed in Them."

Two additional short films are also included as part of the original VHS tape. Strange Class Reunion centers on MIS member Takejiro Higa, who, while interrogating captured Japanese soldiers, comes across two former classmates from the school had had attended in Japan. "The Yellow Peril" & "Jim Crow" explores the experiences of Nisei soldiers in the Jim Crow South while in basic training.

Authored by Brian Niiya

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