Go For Broke

Go For Broke

a 442 Origins Story


The Film

Go For Broke, a 442 Origins Story, is a Hawaii-based, non-commercial education film project funded in part by the State of Hawaii through a Grant in Aid (2013). The 442 Origins series will tell the complete story of the 100th / 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service. In this first film, Go For Broke, we follow a group of University of Hawaii ROTC students during the tumultuous year after the attack on Pearl Harbor as they navigate wartime Hawaii and fight discrimination by forming the Varsity Victory Volunteers (VVV). The brave actions of these young Japanese Americans, along with the perseverance of the original 100th Infantry Battalion draftees from Hawaii, directly led to the formation of the all-Japanese fighting unit - the 442nd - the most decorated combat unit in American military history . 


We Need Your Kokua


Jake Shimabukuro shares more about the upcoming film, GO FOR BROKE, about the origins of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service. We still need your help to finish the film and bring it to the world.

We are striving to accurately tell the unknown stories of Hawaii's critical role in creating the brave men who would to help literally save the world from Fascism, and a production of this magnitude requires significant resources. Your help is needed now more than ever. With your generous financial support, we'll be able to complete this mission in time for the last remaining 100th / 442nd veterans to see their origin stories told. Please consider donating to this film today and help us spread the word.

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Stars Aligning

In addition to a diverse, Hawaii-based crew, we're fortunate to be joined by some amazing talent for key roles in Go For Broke, including Ban Daisuke (Kikaida), Pete Shinkoda (Daredevil), Cole Horibe (So You Think You Can Dance), and Oscar winner Chris Tashima (Under the Blood Red Sun).


World-renowned ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro joins film project Go For Broke

Jake Shimabukuro, who's frequently visited with 442nd veterans and spoken eloquently about the debt of gratitude we all feel for their sacrifices, has joined the film project and will be conducting a full, symphony recording of his iconic ukulele tune "Go For Broke," as part of the film's soundtrack.


“It's an origin story most of the world has never seen or heard.”