Angelina Jolie’s new film Unbroken is being called racist by Japanese nationalists. According to Mail Online, some are calling Jolie a “demon” following her depiction of Japanese Second World War prison guards in the film. Many have been calling for her to be banned from traveling to Japan ahead of the film’s highly anticipated release.
The film is based on a novel about American Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini, who was on the U.S. warplane “The Green Hornet” when it crashed. He was one of two people to be rescued alive. Zamperini was “regularly beaten and tortured by his captors,” and was basically starved until he was severely malnourished.
Angelina Jolie made Unbroken to tell Zamerini’s story but has been called racist for the way in which the story is told. Apparently, some feel as though much of the story was “made up” and that Jolie didn’t have any credibility. According to the New York Daily News, Mutsuhiro Watanabe was the an Imperial officer behind Zamerini’s capture. Evidently some people don’t feel that Zamerini’s account of what happened is legitimate, and that the way Jolie portrayed it in the film is accurate.
“It’s pure fabrication. If there is no verification of the things he said, then anyone can make such claims. This movie has no credibility and is immoral,” said Hiromichi Moteki, secretary general of the Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact.
Jolie is very much enjoying her time behind the camera, and has said that she’d prefer to do more behind-the-scenes things in the future. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Jolie also directed By The Sea, which she stars in alongside her husband, Brad Pitt. Despite warning from people about doing a movie with her significant other, Jolie and Pitt decided to make the film, their second together since they met (they did Mr. & Mrs. Smith back in 2005).
“We haven’t acted together for ten years. We decided we would do it again and we did a very small drama about family, about marriage in fact. We did a drama about a bad marriage. A lot of friends of ours thought is was a really … they didn’t say a bad idea … but they asked us a few times if we were sure we wanted to do it,” Jolie said.
As far as Angelina Jolie being racist as the director of Unbroken, she has yet to respond to the uproar.
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