I checked out the IMDb site and learned that the movie "Unbroken" will be released in the U.S., Some European countries, and Singapore only. How about Japan? Hollywood movies are usually released in Japan almost simultaneously with the United States, because it is a lucrative market.
The book is never translated into Japanese, the movie is not coming...sigh.
Angie's visit to Japan
Last week Angelina Jolie visited Japan for the promotion of "Maleficent." Over there, she only talked about nice things; she loves Japan, she always enjoys sushi, etc., and never talked about the movie directed by her. This attitude of hers irritated many Japanese. Though it might be very hard to tell our anger on our face, we were mad at her. There was some protest during her stay.
Here are some flyers circulated on Twitter. Warning; the second one might be quite shocking.
Angelina Jolie, the devil in human form
Remember the Cruelty of the Allied!
These are links to the images.
Unnecessary episodes for the story line
Beside the anger toward the director Angelina Jolie, what makes Japanese outraged most are episodes that Hillenbrand inserted in the book though they are totally irrelevant to Zamperini's life. Among those episodes are "POW's were eaten alive in ritual acts of cannibalism" (p. 502 in my paperback version), "the Japanese massacred all 5000 Korean captives on Tinian" (p.399 and p.503, twice!), and John Falconer saying "(upon seeing aftermath of Hiroshima), it was beautiful" (p.509).
I will discuss first two episodes later, but the third one! Can Hillenbrand read that part in the presence of Hiroshima victims??? Is this part included in the movie?
My question is why she included these episodes in her book. Without them, she should have been able to write a nice inspiring story of Louis Zamperini. The end of the book presents tons of resources, some of which were in Japanese. Then, who collected those information? Obviously she is not a Japan specialist, and she was suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome while writing this book.
Did Hillenbrand want to create a resentment between Japan and the U.S.? Or, did anyone else behind her want to see us hate each other again?