Beyond Barbed Wire/Go For Broke [DVD]

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Special Features

  • DVD-9
  • Dolby Digital mono
  • Scene selection
  • Two studies of the internment camps: "Japanese Relocation" and "Challenge to Democracy"


Beyond Barbed Wire
Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1942, the U.S. government enacted the notorious "Executive Order 9066" which ordered that thousands of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast be placed in special interment camps for the war's duration. Ironically, at the same time, over 2,000 Japanese Americans were serving valiantly overseas as U.S. soldiers. This eye-opening documentary utilizes interviews with aging veterans and archival footage to tell the stories of those who fought so hard for a country that betrayed them. It is also the story of the mainland-based 42nd Regiment and the 100th Infantry Battalion (AKA "The Pineapple Soldiers") from Hawaii who were teamed up and sent to Europe where they proved themselves in numerous battles and were at one point used as cannon fodder by a megalomaniacal general. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Go for Broke!
Robert Pirosh wrote and directed this little-known World War II drama from MGM that commemorates the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a combat unit composed of Japanese-Americans who fought valiantly during World War II, with many of the actual veterans of the combat unit appearing as actors in the film. For the most part, the film follows the standard Battleground plot line -- there is Sam (Lane Nakano), the wise sergeant; Chick (George Miki), a lazy private; the enervating Ohhara (Henry Oyasato); and Tommy (Henry Nakamura), a crack sharpshooter. Van Johnson plays Lt. Michael Grayson, a bigoted Texan assigned to shape these men into a fighting unit and who learns to respect their valor and bravery. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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