|Left to right: Brad Takei, George Takei,|
and Jennifer Kroot.
From an emotional standpoint, the story of Takei and his family being sent to Japanese interment camps is powerful. Kroot uses footage from the time period and snappy animations to accentuate Takei's dramatic telling of the story. This is a great movie if you want to learn and understand a tragic time in our nation's history.
|Director, Jennifer Kroot|
|The cast and movie team.|
A note on the musical theater front. The movie introduces us to Allegiance, a new musical about Japanese interment camps. In a strange coincidence, George and Brad find themselves meeting Lorenzo Thione and Jay Kuo. These two become the creative team who suggest creating a new musical based on some of Takei's experiences. At the screening, Thione revealed that the musical, which debuted at the Old Globe Theater, is ready to move to Broadway as soon as a theater is available.
The Q&A after the movie with the movie makers, George, and Brad was a delight. At one moment, an audience member addressed a question to "Mr. Takei." George began his response with the question, "which Mr. Takei?" George Takei may just change the world.
For its wit, power, emotion, and downright goofiness, I give To Be Takei that most elusive of honors: Five Jeffies. Maybe the moviemakers will scrawl that on the movie poster. One can dream.