To Be Takei

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To Be Takei
To Be Takei.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot
Produced by Jennifer M. Kroot
Mayuran Tiruchelvam
Gerry Kim
Music by Michael Hearst
Cinematography Christopher Million
Edited by Bill Weber
Dodgeville Films
Rainbow Shooting Star Pictures
Distributed by Starz Digital Media
Release dates
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

To Be Takei is a 2014 American documentary film produced and directed by Jennifer M. Kroot.[1][2] The film had its world premiere at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2014.[3][4]

After its premiere at Sundance Film Festival, Starz Digital Media acquired the distribution rights of the film. The film will have a theatrical release in 2014.[5]


The film narrates the life journey of actor and activist George Takei.


To Be Takei received positive reviews from critics. Ronnie Scheib of Variety, said in his review that "A unique blend of camp and conviction, To Be Takei deftly showcases George Takei's eclectic personality and wildly disparate achievements, from Star Trek crewmate to gay-rights activist."[6] David Rooney in his review for The Hollywood Reporter praised the film by saying that "In its most compelling arc, the film traces American-born Takei's childhood memories of being transported with his parents and sister after Pearl Harbor, along with countless other Japanese-American West Coast citizens, to a camp in Arkansas fringed by barbed wire and sentry towers."[7] Drew Taylor of Indiewire grade the film B by saying that "By the end of its slender 90-minute running time, though, you'll wish that To Be Takei had been more like its subject-impossible to pin down and uncomfortably hilarious."[8] Jordan Hoffman in his review for ScreenCrush, gave the film seven out of ten and said that To Be Takei isn’t a groundbreaking biographical documentary like, say, Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb, but it is very … agreeable … to spend time listening to George Takei make jokes and laugh in that deep, soothing voice of his. Despite the setbacks and persecution (he and Brad felt the need to stay closeted for years), this is a man filled with warmth and compassion, boldly going where few public figures-turned-activists have gone before."[9] The film currently holds a 91% rating on rotten tomatoes.


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