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Mutsushiro Watanabe is the main antagonist of Angelina Jolie's film Unbroken.

in the Movie

he is cruel and vicious Imperial Japanese Army sergeant in World War II at the POW camps in Omori which harassed to Louie Zamperini and was called by the prisoners in the camp as "The Bird".

Louie and his friend Phil are separated into different camps. The camp in Tokyo, where Zamperini is sent, is headed by a Japanese corporal, Mutsushiro "Bird" Watanabe, who treats him very cruelly, in part because of Zamperini's status as a former Olympian. Bird is especially tough on Louie out of jealousy, beating him often. Louie is given the opportunity to broadcast a message home saying that he is alive. When he refuses to broadcast a second message that would be anti-American he is sent back to camp where Watanabe has all the other prisoners punch him for not showing respect.

At the end of the film, there is a slideshow showing what happened after the war. Louis was married and had two children. Phil survived and eventually married his sweetheart. Mutsuhiro "Bird" Watanabe went into hiding for several years and successfully evaded prosecution in spite of being listed in the top 40 most-wanted Japanese war criminals by General Douglas MacArthur. Louie forgave his war-time captors and met with many of them. Watanabe, however, refused to meet with Zamperini.


he is very vicious and cruel man who harassed all the time to Louie Zamperini.


Watanbe died on April 1, 2003 at the age 85.


  • He is similar to Jenner from The Secret of NIMH, since both are cruel, brutal, and overall unpleasant individuals who do not appear until later on in the films they are in.