Oscar-nominated actor Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) may make his directorial debut with the World War II film 442nd. According to Pajiba, the film centers on “the true story of an American-Japanese military unit assembled during World War II and sent on virtual suicide missions in the European theater. For their efforts against the Nazis, that unit went on to become the most decorated unit in American military history.” That’s an impressive story, particularly because I don’t think many people know that we even had an American-Japanese military unit during World War II.
Watanabe starred in Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima, which was about the American invasion of the island told from the Japanese perspective. He was the only good thing about that movie. 442nd sounds like a great story and if Watanbe’s directing is as good as his acting, I’d love to see him take a shot at this fascinating story. Watanabe will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, which hits theaters on July 16th.