Jolie wants to meet abductees’ mothers

by Minoru Matsutani

Visiting actress Angelina Jolie, who plays a mother searching for her son in her latest movie, “Changeling,” voiced sympathy Friday for the mothers of Japanese abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and ’80s.

“I would like to meet those mothers (who must have had an) extraordinarily difficult time,” Jolie, 33, also a goodwill ambassador of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, told reporters in Tokyo while promoting the movie, after learning of the kidnappings.

The movie, based on a real-life story that took place in Los Angeles in 1928, concerns a mother’s search for her 9-year-old missing son. When she doubts the identity of the child returned to her, she is pressured by police to accept the boy as her own and end her search.

“When I first read the script, I said ‘no’ because I didn’t want to think anything would happen to my children,” the mother of six children, three of whom are adopted, said.

“But then I couldn’t forget the story. I think in essence the story is about a mother’s love and what that loss would be. I think it’s also about justice,” Jolie said, adding she was “drawn to” the script.

Jolie arrived Tuesday night with her partner, Brad Pitt, and their six children, including twins born last July. Pitt attended a press conference Wednesday to promote his movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

Jolie has received an Academy Award nomination for best actress for her role, while Pitt has been nominated for best actor for his part. The winners will be announced at the Oscars Feb. 22.

Looking back on last year, Jolie said, “We had a wonderful year mainly because we had two new healthy children.”

She also said the only time she and Pitt have talked to their children about their work was for the animated movie “Kung Fu Panda,” in which Jolie provided the voice of a female tiger character.

Asked when she feels happy, she said: “I have so many happy moments every day with my children.”