Only The Brave

Synopsis: A searing portrait of war and prejudice, 'Only the Brave' takes you on a haunting journey into the hearts and minds of the forgotten heroes of WWII - the Japanese-American 100th/442nd. In 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, overnight Japanese Americans were put into internment camps for the duration of the war. Determined to prove their loyalty, 1400 Japanese Americans successfully petitioned the government to serve becoming the 100th Infantry Battalion. They were sent to North Africa, Italy and finally France were they performed an impossibly-dangerous rescue of the Texas 36th Division. During their two years of combat these men received an unparalleled 21 Medals of Honor, 9,486 Purple Hearts, 8 Presidential Citations, 53 Distinguished Service Crosses, 588 Silver Stars and 5,200 Bronze stars - making them the most decorated unit of their size in American military history. This is their story.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Lane Nishikawa
Production: Indican Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min


Sunday morning, December 7.

I was on a weekend training Hawaiian Territorial Defence

in Scofield.

Zero Japanese attacked our P-40 at the airport

by up to 7 fleet.

We were an easy target.

Senzaki Steve and I spent the whole night

carrying dead and wounded.

On Monday, the FBI

came after my father.

He stood in the doorway,

Best dressed in a suit.

I was still in uniform ...

covered with blood

my colleagues in the Navy.

He shook me and said ...

"Never forget

I was born here. "

Then he went away

My father came to Hawaii in 1905

and established a Buddhist temple Hongonji.

When I was little ...

I saw him in a room of meditation,

sometimes sitting for several hours.

I asked:

"What are you doing here?"

He replied:

"I look at another world."

"What a world, Dad?"

I replied:
"Do not worry, Jimmy,

someday you'll know. "

I thought that this day has come

when the army ...

after Pearl Harbor

gave us a chance ...

a chance to defend

our homes and country.

I thought it was the day

where we have landed in Africa

where it first stood

against the Third Reich.

I thought it was the day

where we have landed in Italy

and began to roll

battle for battle.

Only I do not know ...

it is that I have not tried

find another world ...

Another world was gone.


HAWAII, 1953

Jimmy? Is this you?


You came early.

How was work today?

Jimmy ...

I know I've lost ...

I do not know how to find you.

Tell me what I do!

Nome goes too fast.

Prepare for attack

start in a minute.

We need to get to the train station.

YES ...

insures your branch.

Yuk, your squad attacks.

Take the left flank,

Catch Nomura and tell him to wait.

Zaki, reserve.

Ready or not, here I come!


Hear us!

I've found!

Come here.

Always remember

that Daddy loves you, right?

Forward! Go!


- I protect you, sir!

Excuse me, sergeant,

I thought it was a purely ...

Easy, nome,

Doctor on the road.

-Someone else off an?

-Not everyone survives.

Sergeant ...

Sergeant ... Tell me ...


Hide and watch.

-Who is it?

-A local priest.

Francois Jordan.

My sister, Rene.

Who are you?

Sao Americans?

He says,

that were waiting for us.

You do not look at Americans.


Take them to the rear.

Take care of yourself.

Sure, Sarge.

All right.

second, third and fourth platoon

take a position.

this will take you 40 minutes.

Yuk, take a left.

Yes, walk around around

and secure the next street.

Zaki, take a right.

Purify these buildings.

Four teams.

Remember, guests from the station

have friends in town.

Prepare to fight in close contact

Watch out for snipers.

Mue, find a command post

where we can drink.


Who leads you into battle?

Yuk was a natural leader.

He demanded respect and showed it to his subordinates.

Zaki I had known since childhood.

He knew what I think

even before I thought about it.

and if I needed more firepower ...

Nobody was better than Yes.


-All right.

Drop your weapon!


Cease fire! Cease fire!

Come here. Come on.

Are you hurt?

Mom and Dad?

Come on, come on.

Frank? Frank!

Where is he?

Where is he?

at 11 am, third floor.

Prepare a machine gun!

Jimmy, we have company!

right behind you!

I'll come up.

Cover me. Horse.

Stay here.

Do not move. Become.



Third floor.

Left corner, third floor.

Left corner, third floor.


Shielding Fire!


First, go!


Take cover!

Take up defensive positions!



Everything will be fine.

Everything will be fine.


-Looks like you got the mascot.

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Lane Nishikawa

Lane Nishikawa is an American actor, filmmaker, playwright and performance artist. He was born in Wahiawa, Hawaii and is Sansei (third generation Japanese American); and his work often deals with Asian American history and identity issues. He is widely known for a series of one-man shows, including Life in the Fast Lane, I'm on a Mission From Buddha, Mifune and Me and others. In 2005 he directed the independent feature film, Only the Brave, a fictional account of the rescue of the Lost Battalion by the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated Japanese American fighting unit during World War II. Nishikawa also starred in the lead role. He has written and directed two short films about World War II veterans, Forgotten Valor and When We Were Warriors. Nishikawa has a long history in Asian American theater, having served as artistic director for the Asian American Theater Company, in San Francisco, California for 10 seasons. He was co-artistic director of the Eureka Theatre and resident director at the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. more…

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