Unbroken, the second directorial outing for actress Angelina Jolie, has now secured an official release within Japan – who initially banned it on the whims of a right-wing nationalist protest campaign.
The film, which tells the true story of WWII pilot Louis Zamperini and his treatment within a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp for two years, was blocked by Japan’s right-wingers due to the novel from which it had been adapted (Lauren Hillenbrand’s bestseller Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption) being considered ‘racist’, ‘historically inaccurate’, and ‘anti-nationalist’.
Japanese activists fought hard to keep the movie from their shores, in spite their campaigns being hilariously misinformed – with the novel only partially being adapted to screen, much of the material they campaigned against was never in the movie in the first place.
When speaking about the film being blocked last December, Angelina Jolie said: “We were very conscious of showing all sides of the war, including the bombing of Tokyo. But this is Louis’ experience and he … had a very difficult time as a POW. So we want to pay respect and show that all people suffer in war.”
Unbroken will now see an extremely limited release of a single screen in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. The date is still waiting for final confirmation, but sources say that it will likely be throughout the month of February next year.