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442: Live with Honor, Die with Dignity (film)

DVD cover. Courtesy of Ann Haneda and Shinichiro Okano
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A 2010 documentary film directed by Japanese filmmaker Junichiro Suzuki that tells the story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and other Japanese Americans in the U.S. armed forces during World War II. It is the second film in Suzuki's trilogy of films on the Japanese American World War II experience.

Through interviews and historic and contemporary footage—much of the latter filmed in European sites of key battles—the film describes the heroic actions of the Nisei soldiers who fought in active combat against enemy Germans and Italians in Europe, while struggling with racial prejudice in their home country of the United States. The film features interviews with veterans and their family members, draft resisters, former American concentration camp prisoners, community advocates and historians. The film is narrated by Lane Nishikawa and scored by Kitaro. The film had a brief theatrical run in 2010 and won the Maui Film Festival Audience Special Award and the Tokyo International Film Festival award.

442 is a follow-up to the Japanese director's prior Toyo's Camera , the second in his documentary trilogy on Japanese Americans that was completed when his third film, MIS: Human Secret Weapons , was released in 2012.

Authored by Patricia Wakida

Might also like The Color of Honor: The Japanese American Soldier in WWII (1987); Looking Like the Enemy (1996); Citizen Tanouye (2005)

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Media Details
Release Date 2010
Runtime 97 minutes
Director Junichi Suzuki
Producer Ann Haneda
Writer Junichi Suzuki
Narrator Lane Nishikawa
Starring Nelson Akagi (interviewee), Yoshiaki Fujitani (interviewee), Barney Hajiro (interviewee), Daniel Inouye (interviewee), Susumu Ito (interviewee), George Kanatani (interviewee), Lawson Sakai (interviewee), George Sakato (interviewee), Matsuji Sakumoto (interviewee), Steve Shimizu (interviewee), Ted Tsukiyama (interviewee), Edward Yamasaki (interviewee), Craig Shimizu (interviewee), Dorothy Shimuzu (interviewee), Ellen Shimuzu (interviewee), Douglas Akagi (interviewee), Janilyn Akagi (interviewee), Jeanette Spencer (interviewee), Susan Akagi (interviewee), Janet Ito (interviewee), Joanne Sakai (interviewee), Mineko Sakai (interviewee), Ryokan Ara (interviewee), Janet Brown (interviewee), Robert Bryan (interviewee), Giovanni Cipollini (interviewee), Hervé Claudon (interviewee), Peter Cooke (interviewee), Frank Emi (interviewee), John Garvey (interviewee), Liebe Geft (interviewee), Stephen Haller (interviewee), Terry Hara (interviewee), Susan Hardwick (interviewee), Roberto Molle (interviewee), Floyd Mori (interviewee), Pierre Moulin (interviewee), Angelo Munsel (interviewee), Joseph Peterson (interviewee), Etienne Poucher (interviewee), David Rosenbluth (interviewee), Eric Saul (interviewee), Richard Sword (interviewee), George Takei (interviewee), James Tanabe (interviewee), Drusilla Tanaka (interviewee), Minoru Tonai (interviewee), Penny Webster (interviewee), Jimi Yamaichi
Music Kitaro
Cinematography Masahi Kobuchi
Editing Toru Mihara
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Official site: .

Johnson, G. Allen. " '442' Tells of Japanese American WWII Soldiers. " San Francisco Chronicle , Aug. 13, 2010.

Ko, Nalea J. "Junichi Suzuki Focuses on the 442nd RCT." Pacific Citizen , May 29, 2010.

Udell, Joe. "'442: life with Honor, Die with Dignity.'" Hawai'i Herald , Sept. 3, 2010, 5.