None But the Brave

Synopsis: American and Japanese soldiers, stranded on a tiny Pacific island during World War II, must make a temporary truce and cooperate to survive various tribulations. Told through the eyes of the American and Japanese unit commanders, who must deal with an atmosphere of growing distrust and tension between their men.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Frank Sinatra
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
106 min

Our island is a little chunk

of coral in the Solomon Archipelago.

It is nameless, and the great war

beyond its horizons ignores us,

for we are the expendables

of an amphibious landing,

left to guard a forgotten outpost

of the Imperial Japanese Army.

Months ago our communicational

equipment was destroyed by storm.

We have no contact with our base.

I, Lieutenant Kuroki, who is really two

men, two enemies at war with each other.

The soldier with the blood

of ancient warriors in his veins

and the man of peace who admires

men's works and not their destruction.

As the commander

of this platoon of castaways,

I have ordered the construction of a boat,

hoping to restore our supply line

from Bougainville.



Say, you son-of-a-gun, what are you doing?

Say, you son-of-a-gun, what are you doing?

Stand still!

You think you can stab Yankees like that?

Today I will chew you out until you fall!

Yes, Sergeant. Thank you very much.

Sergeant Tamura!

I have told you these

rough methods are not permitted here.

But, sir, these lazy scum

can't fight a war like this.

We are on the foremost war front.

You are right, but we have

no enemy on this island.

What we need here

is not to know how to fight,

but how to stand the long war.

But, sir, we have forgotten that we are

the Imperial Army soldiers.


Tamura, and just what are the soldiers?

The countless varieties of ordinary men

blown together by the big wind called war.

Do you call him a soldier?

Tokumaru was a Buddhist priest.

I still am, sir.

The people say once you become a priest

for three days you can never stop it.

Is military service hard for you?

No, it isn't, sir, if it is for our country.

All right, keep it up.

Yes, sir.

You cannot be like this next time.

Next time I'll chew your tails off

until you fall. Dismissed!

Detach bayonets.


At ease.

- Ando.

- Sir.

You are making good progress.

If only we have this boat we can contact

our main force and bring us supplies.

I'm really glad

that I can make use of my carpentry work.

To be useful is a most important thing.

I am fortunate to have a carpenter who can

do such fine work with makeshift tools.

Thank you very much, sir.

- Say, Tamura!

- Yes, sir!

Sergeant, I notice two men here

who are assigned to other duties.

Hirano and Okuda.

Yes, sir, but I thought the boat

construction needs are urgent.

You thought!

Hirano is busy with potato fields and

Okuda catches fish for us.

Take them off the boat detail.

Yes, sir. As you wish, sir.

And one more thing.

Don't overwork the men in this midday

heat. Dismiss them until morning.

Attention! Detail dismissed for the day!

Say, we all have worked hard today.

We can launch the boat tomorrow.

Shall we celebrate now,

though we don't have any sake?

Corporal, I understand

you are from Yamagata.

Yes, Yamagata is noted for rice and

the Hanagasa 'flower hat' dance song.

Shall we start Bon dance?

Try and stop me.

Commander, you are a puzzle to me,

if I may say so.

On one hand you talk about

the urgency of boat building

while on the other hand

you act as though time is nothing.

That's true.

This place is as timeless as the moon.

Do you remember what day it is today?

No, sir, I have forgotten.

I only know I am being abandoned

by the main force.

I had volunteered for combat duty.

So did I.

I am prepared to risk my life

for the country, sir.


what's happening out there, sir?

Sometimes I wonder if the war front isn't

moving to distant places northward.

What will become of Japan, sir?

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John Twist

John Twist (July 14, 1898 – February 11, 1976) was an American screenwriter whose career spanned four decades. Born John Stuart Twist in Albany, Missouri, he began his career in the silent film era, providing the story for such films as Breed of Courage, Blockade, and The Big Diamond Robbery. He earned his first screenwriting credit for The Yellowback in 1929. Twist died in Beverly Hills, California. more…

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