“Go for Broke!” is a 1951 war film directed by Robert Pirosh and starring Van Johnson, who plays the role of Lt. Michael Grayson. The movie tells the story of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, a segregated unit of Japanese-American soldiers who fought for the United States during World War II.
The movie follows Lt. Grayson as he is assigned to lead the 442nd Infantry Regiment, made up entirely of Japanese-American soldiers. Despite initial skepticism from his superiors, Lt. Grayson quickly learns to respect and admire the soldiers under his command.
The soldiers of the 442nd face discrimination both at home and on the battlefield. They are initially treated with suspicion and mistrust by their fellow soldiers and face prejudice from civilians back home. However, they remain committed to their mission and determined to prove their loyalty to the United States.
As the war progresses, the soldiers of the 442nd face intense combat in Italy. They are tasked with some of the most dangerous and difficult missions of the war, including a mission to rescue a lost battalion of American soldiers. The soldiers of the 442nd prove their bravery and determination in the face of overwhelming odds.
The movie’s title, “Go for Broke,” is a phrase that was commonly used by the soldiers of the 442nd, meaning to give it your all, to risk everything, to leave nothing on the table. The movie is a tribute to the soldiers of the 442nd Infantry Regiment and their remarkable achievements despite facing discrimination and prejudice.
“Go for Broke” is considered a landmark film for its portrayal of Japanese-American soldiers and its message of tolerance and inclusion. It was one of the first Hollywood films to feature Asian-American actors in lead roles and helped to raise awareness of the contributions and sacrifices of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Van Johnson, Lane Nakano, George Miki