‘Go For Broke’ movie to pre­miere on Maui

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The Ni­sei Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Cen­ter will pre­miere Stacey Hayashi’s movie “Go For Broke: An Ori­gins Story” at 6:30 p.m. May 3 at the Iao The­ater.

Tick­ets cost $20 and $25 with an op­tion for din­ner, catered by Da Kitchen, and a pre-movie cabaret show for an ad­di­tional $30. For tick­ets, call the the­ater at 242-6969. The event is spon­sored by the Maui Sons and Daugh­ters of the Ni­sei Vet­er­ans, Arisumi Broth­ers Inc. and Da Kitchen. The movie fea­tures a Ja­pane­seAmer­i­can cast, mostly from Hawaii, and a lo­cal crew telling the tale of the start of the famed 442nd In­fantry Reg­i­men­tal 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. Ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment, Hayashi’s film was 16 years in the mak­ing and shot en­tirely in Hawaii at au­then­tic lo­ca­tions. The movie chron­i­cles the unit’s for­ma­tion and de­ploy­ment be­fore head­ing to ba­sic train­ing at Camp Shelby, Miss. The movie stars Chris Tashima, who won an Academy Award in 1998 for Live Ac­tion Short Film for “Visas and Virtue.” Oth­ers in the movie in­clude Pe­ter Shinkoda, known for his per­for­mances in “I, Ro­bot” and the “Dare­devil” TV se­ries; Cole Horibe of “Drag­on­fly”; and Ban Daisuke of “Kikaida.” The film fea­tures a sound­track by ukulele vir­tu­oso Jake Shimabukuro, who makes his act­ing de­but. The film is rich with de­tails of in­ter­est to Maui au­di­ences. For ex­am­ple, in a scene fea­tur­ing fu­ture Olympic coach Soichi Sakamoto, who founded the Three-Year Swim Club, Sakamoto is por­trayed by his last protege, Reid Yamamoto. An­other de­tail is that Luka Ma­suda, who por­trays 442nd vet­eran Ed­die Ya­masaki, wears Ya­masaki’s gar­ri­son cap.

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