Unbroken

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The movie I watched for this project was Unbroken. This movie takes place during World War II in the early 1940’s. The setting includes the Pacific Ocean and several prisoners of war camps in Japan. During this time in the war the Japanese were invading and attacking multiple areas and were pursuing the American ships in the Pacific fleet. The movie is about a young Olympian, Louis Zamperini, who enlisted in the war in the early part of WWII, and when his plane crashed in the Pacific, he and two other survivors were stranded in the ocean for 47 days until captured by the Japanese. From there, he was placed in a POW camp in Japan along with his friend Phil, who was the pilot of the plane. At the camp Louis was especially targeted by the violent leader, Mutushiro aka “The Bird” because he was an American Olympian. Mutushiro took every opportunity possible to pick on and beat Louis. The American soldiers were the enemy of the Japanese and vise versa. Mutushiro; “The Bird” was prejudiced against American soldiers. He had a lot of anger and took it out on them, beating and torturing them relentlessly. Louis took the punishment and mentally tortured the bird by his ability to endure severe pain and torment. His ability to tolerate the punishment only made the Bird more relentless. Both Louis and the Bird were doing the duty of their country, only the Japanese were much more cruel. The aspect of the war represented in the film was mainly POW. After I did my research I learned the movie was very accurate as to the conditions and the treatment that the American prisoners had to experience in the Japanese war camp. Just like in the movie they were kept in poorly conditioned cells/cabins and were barely fed or allowed to bathe. Also, at one point the Bird orders all of the other prisoners to line up and punch Louis in the face, one by one, in order to teach him…...

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