Go For Broke Movie Analysis

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The movie, Go for Broke, centers around the Japanese American men who served in the 442nd regimental combat unit during World War II. Though unjustly imprisoned in internment camps, these men proved their loyalty to America and bravely fought against the Italian, German, and Japanese enemies, to become the most decorated unit in United States history. Released in 1951, six years after the end of the war, this movie aimed to change the prejudices against Japanese Americans in the United States. This was one of the first movies in America to portray Asian Americans in a positive light.
To begin, Lieutenant Michael Grayson discovers he is commanding a military unit composed of “Japs,” and immediately requests to be transferred to the 36th Division.
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His colonel quickly dismisses his request and corrects that these men are not “Japs,” but Nisei, second generation Japanese. This scene is very early on within the movie, and bluntly corrects a prejudice term, that was widespread and commonly used during this time in history. The term “Japs” was derogatory slang used at first for the Japanese enemy, and then adopted to mean all Japanese. However, this contrasts with the term “Nazi” for the German enemy, not being used to mean all Germans, including German Americans. It also shows that Lt. Grayson’s bigotry is due to ignorance, and his colonel informs him of more acceptable names of either Nisei or Buddha-heads. He especially emphasizes the fact that these men are American and should be treated as such. This is an obvious message directed to the American viewers, in …show more content…
This battalion was surrounded by the German enemies and were forced to hide out and wait for help. The 442nd unit arrived on the scene, and decided to go for broke, saving over 200 men. Their heroism was greatly celebrated during their return to the United States and earned them numerous medals. They became the most decorated unit in the history of U.S. military. As Takaki writes in A Different Mirror, the U.S significantly benefited from the Japanese Americans who joined the army. With their Japanese language skills, they translated enemy battle plans and secret codes, tapped lines, and overall reduced the war by around two years. The Japanese Americans rightly showed that they could be true Americans and fight for America. Like Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The principle on which this country was founded and by which it has always been governed that Americanism is a matter of the mind and heart: Americanism is not, and never was, a matter of race or

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