Japanese nationalists have created an online petition to ban Angelina Jolie's movie Unbroken from the country's cinemas, insisting showing their soldiers abusing prisoners of war is unfair.

Jolie's second directorial effort follows the story of U.S. Olympian Louis Zamperini, who spent 47 days in the Pacific Ocean following a plane crash during World War Ii before being captured by the Japanese and forced to work in a labour camp for more than two years.

Nationalists in the country are incensed by the portrayal of their soldiers in the movie, and have now set up a petition on Change.org, calling for the distribution of Unbroken to be halted in Japan as it is "contradictory to the facts".

The protest has already attracted more than 8,000 signatures.

Hiromichi Moteki, the secretary-general of pressure group Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact, tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper the film is "pure fabrication... this movie has no credibility and is immoral".

However, Mindy Kohler from Asia Policy Point, adds, "There is plenty of documentation on the abuse and tortures inflicted about the Pows (sic)... It is outrageous and reprehensible to deny what happened to Louis Zamperini."