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Japanese nationalists call for ban on Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken'

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Though Unbroken aims to tell the true-life story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who spent several years in Japanese POW camps during World War II, some protest groups are objecting to the film for its depiction of prisoner abuse at the hands of Japanese guards.

As The Telegraph reports, Japanese nationalists are attempting to have Angelina Jolie’s upcoming film banned from their country, citing what they believe is a false depiction of how Japanese POW camps treated prisoners.

“It’s pure fabrication,” secretary general of Japan’s Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact Hiromichi Moteki said to The Telegraph. “This movie has no credibility and is immoral.”

Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption was met with similar criticism when it debuted. Hillenbrand’s descriptions of how POWs like Zamperini were handled, which included POWs being “stabbed or clubbed to death” and tortured in other ways, have also been called false by the nationalists.

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But Mindy Kotler of the Washington research center Asia Policy Point told The Telegraph, that “there is plenty of documentation on the abuse and tortures inflicted upon POWs,” and that there is both a host of eyewitness accounts and forensic evidence that can back up the claims of abuse that POWs endured.

Unbroken is set to debut in the U.S. on Dec. 25, telling Zamperini’s life story from his childhood through his more than two years in POW camps. Before he died earlier this year, Zamperini contributed to the film’s development.