A humorous look at the war through the experiences of the the highly decorated Japanese American 442nd Regiment, with a realistic cast and Van Johnson walking well through his part as a prejudiced platoon leader who comes to respect his men not just for their valor but for their ingenuity and constantly positive attitudes in the face of hostility from the enemy as well as many at home and the forced internments of their families. Though all of that is hinted at, the film maintains a snappy brightness throughout, even in the battle scenes, where everyone has a can-do perspective on how to take out those pesky machine gun nests. If the film has any drawback it's that there is no dark side, no real tension in the battle scenes nor in the issue of racism. It's contentedness to portray the real meat and bones issues of life and death combat and racism in a light and humorous manner cuts both ways, because this film steps so lightly it doesn't convey much of the hell of war nor …
–I don't have much to add about the positive aspects about what this movie *says*. I happen to agree, and that's all well and good. What I would like to mention as far as a *technical* review goes is that the attention to detail is quite remarkable. This is the first time I've seen a G43 rifle used in a WWII movie. Additionally, the *sounds* of the firearms are different, which is something that is often missed in a production. When people creep around while being shot at, they look like they have actually been shot at.I've read that this movie was comprised largely of actual 442 veterans, which takes it from being a matter of "Interesting Public Domain" to being something of a National Treasure, in terms of visual history.
Although somewhat conventional in comparison to most of the great WWII film dramas, Go For Broke remains important as the only Hollywood acknowledgement of the 442nd, and the bravery of the Japanese-Americans who fought with it.One of my grandfather’s brothers was in the 442nd himself, and can still recall tales of basic training and serving in Italy.I am bothered, however, by the fact that the cover on the video box does not show a single Japanese-American face, and the description does not really explain the historical significance of the events portrayed.Hey Ted Turner, get your guys together and rectify this problem!Dwight Sora