GO FOR BROKE: AN ORIGIN STORY

Directed by: Alexander Bocchieri 2017 | 90 min.

Section: Closing Night Film

Premiere: World Premiere

Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Drama, History, War


Synopsis

Sponsored by:

Hawaii Film Office

Taiji & Naoko Terasaki Family Foundation

The first screening of this film at HAWAII THEATRE is now RUSH/STANDBY line only. Tickets still available for Regal Dole Cannery.

Set in the tumultuous year after the attack on Pearl Harbor, this true story follows a group of University of Hawaii ROTC students as they fight discrimination by forming the Varsity Victory Volunteers (VVV). The brave actions of these young Japanese Americans (including a young Daniel Inouye), along with the perseverance of the original 100th Infantry Battalion draftees from Hawaii, led to the formation of the all-Japanese fighting unit - the 442nd - the most decorated combat unit in American military history.

Aside from the 1951 Hollywood movie GO FOR BROKE! starring Van Johnson, there have been a long list of documentaries, TV episodes and other works that chronicle the bravery of the 442nd (Pat Morita’s Mr. Miyagi comes to mind). Although the aforementioned MGM film, which was nominated for Best Screenplay during that season’s Academy Awards, the film barely scratched the surface on the backstory behind the plight of Japanese Americans to (unfairly) prove their patriotism, where xenophobia was rampant. 

Producer Stacey Hayashi’s initial curiosity on the story of Japanese Americans in Hawaii, which led to an almost two decade journey to put their definitive stories into pop entertainment — from short films, to a graphic novel called JOURNEY OF HEROES to finally GO FOR BROKE: AN ORIGIN STORY, an intended first chapter of hopefully several more films that present the spectrum of stories of these young Japanese Americans, their families and all of Hawaii, and how their efforts became one of the most important benchmarks in American history. 

With deft direction from Alex Bocchieri and impressive lensing from cinematographers Anthony Vallejo-Sanderson and Jeremy Snell, GO FOR BROKE: AN ORIGIN STORY is a testament to Hawaii’s local film community coming together to make an important document on screen for future generations, and to present this film to the last surviving vets. 

HIFF is honored to present the world premiere of GO FOR BROKE: AN ORIGIN STORY. 

Synopsis written by: Anderson Le

Set in the tumultuous year after the attack on Pearl Harbor, this true story follows a group of University of Hawaii ROTC students as they fight discrimination by forming the Varsity Victory Volunteers (VVV). The brave actions of these young Japanese Americans, along with the perseverance of the original 100th Infantry Battalion draftees from Hawaii, led to the formation of the all-Japanese fighting unit - the 442nd - the most decorated combat unit in American military history. This ambitious film, 100% locally produced, including cast and crew, is the definitive cinematic story (part one of a proposed series of films) to the JAs who rose from wartime prejudice to prove their patriotism and become national heroes in one of the most defining moments in Hawaii's history. 

Screenings

Sunday, November 12 7:30 PM Hawaii Theatre Date Passed
Sunday, November 12 8:00 PM Dole Cannery B Date Passed
Thursday, November 16 7:00 PM Waimea Theater Kauai Date Passed
Sunday, November 19 7:15 PM Hilo Palace Theater Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Alexander Bocchieri
Screenwriter Stacey Hayashi
Producer Stacey Hayashi, Anne Misawa, Dean Sensui
Cast Ban Daisuke, Cole Horibe, Kyle Kosaki, Peter Shinkoda, Chris Tashima
Cinematographer Jeremy Snell, Anthony Vallejo-Sanderson

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