Only the Brave
Only the Brave is a 2006 independent film about the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated World War II fighting unit primarily made up of "Nisei" Japanese Americans, which for its size and length of service became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history. The film, produced and directed by Lane Nishikawa is a fictionalized account of the rescue of the Lost Battalion.
In 1953, Jimmy Takata (Nishikawa) suffers from "battle fatigue" (posttraumatic stress disorder), to the great concern of his wife, Mary (Tomita). Raised in Hawaii, Takata and some of his friends enlisted in the 100th Battalion, serving in the European Theater of Operations. In a series of flashbacks, he remembers the war and events in his life surrounding it. Following a head injury, he begins to have visions, and believes that he is seeing memories of other men, including his friend Freddy Watada (Watanabe) as he courted Mary (who would later be Jimmy's wife) before entering the Army. Freddy receives a "million-dollar wound" (one which is serious enough to require evacuation to the United States, but not permanently disabling), and he shows Takata an engagement ring, purchased before being sent to Europe, which he intends to give Mary upon his return.
|events||World War II|
|keywords||141st infantry regiment buddhist buddhist priest doctor who engagement ring european theater of operations field hospital hawaii head injury head wound keep kill lose medical doctor meet posttraumatic stress disorder rescue trap young daughter|
|producer||Eric Hayashi Jay Koiwai Karen Criswell Lane Nishikawa|