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In one scene in Unbroken, the prisoners should be carrying coal, but they stop and watch Louis' game.

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Actually the Japanese conducted the game on Louis, if he drops the log he is carrying then they will shoot him.

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If the Japanese are the ones running the game, a game that involves shooting the looser, it's not a game, it's a punishment or lesson. They let the rest watch so they learn that either you do what you are told, or you will be killed.

Public humiliation and punishments are a common tactic in keeping prisoners demoralized and compliant.

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