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  • 442nd

    Oscar-nominated actor Ken Watanabe ("The Last Samurai," "Batman Begins") is rumoured to be in early talks to make his directorial debut reports Pajiba.

    Entitled "442nd", the independently produced period drama is based on the true story of an American-Japanese military unit assembled during World War II and sent on virtual suicide missions in the European theatre.

    The unit was so successful in the fight against the Nazis they became the most decorated unit in American military history. Bill Gerber ("Gran Torino") is producing alongside management company Roar which represents Watanabe.
    This could be interesting.
    The muffled drums sad roll has beat the soldier's last tatoo. No more on life's parade shall meet that brave and fallen few.

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    An American director makes a movie with Japanese actors on Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima from the Japanese perspective.

    A Japanese director makes a movie with (presumably) American actors on American soldiers from the American perspective.

    OK, I'm confused.


    • #3
      It is very often overlooked that there were other Asian-Americans in the 442 besides for those of complete Japanese descent. There were also those from mixed marriages, along with others such as Koreans and Chinese. Their patriotism for America helped prevent them from killing each other. There were unkind nicknames for each group, even among the Nisei Japanese who called each other "Budda-heads"(from the Islands) and "Katonks"(sound of coconut hitting empty human skull to describe Nisei from the US Mainland).
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