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Valor with Honor Examines Heroic Plight of Japanese-American 442nd Regiment in WWII

"The Last Stories of these heroic men..............."

442nd in Italy escorting German POWs from Valor with Honor
442nd in Italy escorting German POWs from Valor with Honor.

(SAN JOSE) - "Valor with Honor" is an independent documentary film based on over 35 interviews of Japanese American veterans who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during WW2. This small segregated unit of 3500 men is the most decorated American unit for its size and length of service (3 years).

By the end of WW2, the 442nd would be awarded with 7 Presidential Unit Citations, 21 Medals of Honor (upgraded from DSC), over 500 Silver Stars, and over 9000 Purple Hearts.

The 85 minute feature film describes the harrowing stories of 442nd's battles in Italy, the Lost Battalion Rescue in France, the assault up Mount Folgorito, and witness to the holocaust at Dachau, Germany at the close of WW2. The film concludes with the vets bittersweet return home to America. The entire film is woven through stories told by the veterans themselves. Valor with Honor has been in production for over 3 years. Currently, the film is screening at special events across the US. The dvd will be released in the Spring of 2011. Link to the Facebook film group "Valor with Honor" for online updates and news about this documentary film.

"Valor with Honor" not only records the deeds and emotions of the veterans of the 442nd, but highlights the difficult struggle of the brave Nisei both on and off the battlefield. It is a suburb documentary." Professor Joe Roth SJSU

"Valor with Honor" is an independently produced documentary that is emotionally powerful and thought provoking! Unlike many historians, Takeuchi does not interpret history. The story of the 442nd is carried forward by the actual veterans telling their own stories, as they experienced it. I felt like I was in their living room, sitting across from them, as they spoke to me. The stories flowed , thanks to the superb editing...." Henry Sakaida (historian)

"The love and dedication you put into your film was so obvious and inspiring. I think what was most touching was that its completion was for the vets and their legacy, which I feel exemplifies the spirit of their own heroic actions and sacrifices." Tadamori Yagi (writer and actor)

"Mesmerizing! Made me more aware of the rights and privileges I have today which I often take for granted. Thanks in part to the tremendous sacrifices of those who came before me. I dont really want to admit it...but watching this film brought tears to my eyes..." George So (teacher)

"Valor With Honor" is a moving important film that captures history from those who lived it. I hope it finds a large audience so that they may become as touched and informed as I was. My deepest thanks to its dedicated filmmaker, Burt Takeuchi. Thank you so much." Dennis Sakamoto (Acting and filmmaking instructor "Just for Actors")

You can order copies through the film's website. www.valorwithhonor.com

The first shows on the east coast are in NY starting at NYU Nov 2011.

Contact and Dvd info:

Organizations that are interested in hosting a community screening or fundraiser with "Valor with Honor". Please contact Torasan Films.

"Valor with Honor" dvds 25$ for California residents (only 23$ for non California residents) each plus shipping are available through this website, stores, or at special events. Payments by Paypal, check, or money order. Contact us by email to place your orders.

Torasan Films, PO BOX 640831, San Jose, California, 95164

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Jim August 31, 2011 9:18 pm (Pacific time)

@ Colli, Not only were they aware of the internment, many were volunteers from the camps.I recall as a boy going to many send-offs at Gila,Ariz. and the hundreds of names on the honor-roll which was built on top of a butte. Many barracks had blue stars and gold stars in the windows of their parents.

COLLI August 31, 2011 3:26 pm (Pacific time)

It is almost certain that some of these brave men must have known that their families were forced into internment camps by our government, yet, they fought with great valor for their country. Watching this film should make it very clear why generalizations should never be made about any group. No one could accuse these men of being anything but outstanding U.S. citizens yet their families were interred because of their country of national origin. We should certainly hang our heads in shame over that grievous wrong! I hope that we have learned from that mistake.

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