By Julian Ryall, Tokyo
2:36PM GMT 08 Dec 2014
Japanese nationalists have labelled Angelina Jolie a racist and there have been calls for her to be banned from the country for directing the movie “Unbroken”.
The film, which is scheduled to be released in the United States on Christmas Day, is based on the nonfiction book by Laura Hillenbrand about the life of Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini, who died in July.
“Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption” was published in 2010, with Japanese objections primarily focused on the experiences of Mr Zamperini at the hands of prison guards after his capture in the Pacific.
Eight of the 11 crew aboard The Green Hornet, a B-24 Liberator, were killed when the aircraft crashed on a search-and-rescue mission south of Hawaii in May 1943. Only Zamperini and the pilot, Russel Phillips, were alive when they were taken aboard a Japanese warship off the Marshall Islands 47 days later.
Zamperini was severely beaten and mistreated until the end of the war, in August 1945, with Mutsuhiro Watanabe – whom the POWs nicknamed “The Bird” – singling him out for particularly harsh treatment.
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