Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
The incredible fighting courage of the 442nd Combat Regiment is just one of the features of this important documentary. That regiment was composed almost entirely of interned Japanese Americans -- all of them U.S. citizens -- and these soldiers received the combat awards of any who fought in the war. They fought the Nazis in Europe and then served in the brutal fighting in the Southern Pacific. Ironically, at the same time, most of their families and friends were living in "internment camps" in very desperate conditions, after having had their homes and businesses taken from them by the U.S. government. The film explores this injustice and the need of the young soldiers to prove their good citizenship and bravery in the fighting. Interviews with survivors of the war and of the camps are interspersed with stock footage (Japanese and American) of the war. The efforts of these families to get restitution from the government are also shown. The war ended in 1945, and most were only in 1986-87 just beginning to receive some official acknowledgment of the injustices done them.