||I'm always grateful of films that manage to use its cast of actors for their talents and not the pigeonholes they've had put upon them. "American Pastime" is one of the few movies I've seen in years that uses its Asian American cast to provide some strong performances, and not fight mystic martial arts of some kind. There's always talk of African Americans being used poorly in America, but the most suppressed race in the film medium are the Asian Americans. "American Pastime" brings out a strong turn out from its cast of seasoned veterans exploring the plight of the Asian Americans during Pearl Harbor, and many established families being forced to live in Internment camps...It's not an all too poetic or subtle piece of war time drama and social commentary, that's pretty much a given with its sap and obvious plot devices, but "American Pastime" has its appeal. With strong performances, and an utterly entertaining story, it works, and I enjoyed it.