Japanese Nationalists branded the movie as 'racist' and 'immoral', wants the movie to be banned
- Unbroken has not been released in Japan yet, but it has already struck a nerve in a country still fighting over its wartime past. Japanese nationalists are calling for a boycott of the movie, although there is no release date in Japan yet. Some even want Angie&co to be banned from the country.
- The movie follows the real-life story of Louis Zamperini as told in a 2010 book by Laura Hillenbrand. The book has not been translated into Japanese, but online trailers have provoked outrage. Japan's nattonalists are particularly incensed at descriptions in the book of POWs being "beaten, burned, stabbed or clubbed to death, shot, beheaded, killed during medical experiments or eaten alive in ritual acts of cannibalism"
- “But there was absolutely no cannibalism. That is not our custom.
” - Mutsuhiro Takeuchi, a nationalist-leaning educator and a priest in the traditional Shinto religion.
- Takeuchi acknowledged Jolie is free to make whatever movie she wants, stressing that Shinto believes in forgive-and-forget. But he urged Jolie to study history
, saying executed war criminals were charged with political crimes, not torture. “Even Japanese don’t know their own history so misunderstandings arise
.” [Oh gee, I wonder why..]
- "It's pure fabrication. If there is no verification of the things he said, then anyone can make such claim. This movie has no credibility and is immoral
," says Hiromichi Moteki, secretary general of the Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact, a nationalist pressure group. In case you're unaware of Japanese war crimes during WW2Why Angie chose Jack O'Connell
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- She needs someone who has strong spirit and soulful enough to love and respect Louie Zamperini to understand the growth of the man
- says she smiled throughout the whole meeting with Jack because there's something about how he carried himself.
- Jack was honored to be able to play the role, "something I'll take with me for the rest of my life."( Collapse )'Unbroken' stars at a special luncheon in New York
( Collapse )Miyavi in Interview Magazine
( Collapse )Miyavi addresses the torture controversy
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- says they learn about what Japan went through, but he didn't know about this story so he was hesitant to take the role at first. "It was really risky, and I was so scared." [note: Miyavi is also half-Korean, which many Japanese nationalists tend to look down upon. Japanese people of Korean descent also face racism as there are anti-Korean sentiment among the right-wing in the country]( Collapse )