Movie Premiere at Historic Iao Theater— Go for Broke: an Origins Story
Thursday, May 3, 2018
The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center will premier Stacey Hayashis movie Go for Broke: an Origins Story on May 3, 6:30pm at the Historic Iao Theater. Tickets are $20 and $25 with an option for dinner, catered by Da Kitchen, and pre-movie cabaret show for $30. Call the Historic Iao Theater for tickets at 242-6969. The event is sponsored by Mauis Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans, Arisumi Brothers, Inc and Da Kitchen.
The movie features a star-studded, all-Japanese American cast mostly from Hawaii, and a local crew telling the tale of the start of the famed 442nd Infantry Regiment Combat Team of World War II--the most decorated unit in the history of the United States military for its size and time in combat.
The 442nd was made up of more than 14,000 Japanese American men who served with valor in the European theater. The motto of the battalion was Go for Broke.
Hayashis film, which was 16 years in the making and shot entirely in Hawaii at the actual locations at which the real events occurred, chronicles the remarkable story from its earliest beginnings, to their triumphant formation and deployment aloha ceremony at Iolani Palace before heading to basic training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.
It stars Oscar-winner Chris Tashima, Peter Shinkoda (Netflix Daredevil), Cole Horibe (So You think You Can Dance), Ban Daisuke (Kikaida), and features a soundtrack by ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, who also makes his acting debut.
The film is also rich in historical detail: in a scene featuring future Olympic Coach Soichi Sakamoto, who founded the Three-Year Swim Club, Sakamoto is portrayed by his real life last protege, Reid Yamamoto. Even the films costuming reflects Hayashis commitment to history: Luka Masuda, the actor who portrays 442 veteran Eddie Yamasaki, wears Yamasakis original garrison cap .
Seating is limited. Call 242-6969 for your tickets today.