Traci Kato-Kiriyama: It was stunning visually, but emotionally it didn’t draw me in.
Keiko Agena: It was harder to watch than I thought
it was gonna be. To get emotionally invested, you have to really care
that she needs to find out who she is. But when she finally meets her
mom, my gut felt so weird in that moment.
Kato-Kiriyama: That scene was devastating on all
levels. It got me because of the emotion of the mother [veteran Japanese
actress Kaori Momoi]. She’s really wonderful. That scene should have
been beautiful, but Major had nothing in her eyes. Acting-wise, what a
Atsuko Okatsuka: I wasn’t aware they were gonna
explain the whitewashing. I thought it was just going to be an action
film, no explanation, just go with the fact that it’s a future Japan
with this robot cop. And then to be like, “Oh shit, I used to be a
Japanese woman!” (Laughter) That was against my expectations.
How did you feel when that twist was revealed?
Agena: That was hard, y’all. Hard and awkward.
Ai Yoshihara: Major’s backstory is white people trying to justify the casting.
Okatsuka: And they f—ed up in the process because
now it looks even worse. The text at the beginning of the movie
explained that Hanka Robotics is making a being that’s the best of human
and the best of robotics. For some reason, the best stuff they make
happens to be white. Michael Pitt used to be Hideo.
Agena: That was the other cringe-worthy moment, when
they called each other by their Japanese names. We’re looking at these
beautiful white bodies saying these Japanese names, and it hurt my heart
a little bit.
Kato-Kiriyama: It was supposed to be so touching and intimate, and it felt gross. And kind of laugh-worthy at the same time.
Okatsuka: I would have preferred them just using American names. “You used to be Bob.”
Friendly reminder that The Great Wall is actually not a movie that engages in awful whitewashing of a Chinese story but is a story about a Chinese myth told with a 99% Asian cast, by a Chinese director. If you saw only trailers with Matt Damon in them, that was a deliberate marketing ploy to draw in a white audience.
Lionsgate and Saban went out and found five unknown actors with either little or no acting experience (in movies) because a) they want to start a franchise with them and more importantly b) because they wanted their movie to be diverse. And the actors were all amazing. So people can no longer use the excuse of Hollywood only casting white actors because they’re well-known and good actors or because it’s hard to find good non-white actors. It isn’t that hard and Power Rangers showed us that. Hollywood just prefers casting white people in main roles and in non-white roles.
Had it up to here with fascist white-boy apologia in the Star Wars fandom
Kylo is like if the son of an iconic feminist joined the alt right, then shot up his uncle’s place of worship and after years of running wild in the underground neo-Nazi scene emerged to murder his father. Just because some ugly dude on telepathic Force-chan introduced him to the tenents of fascist philosophy and edgelorddom while he was living with his clergyman uncle doesn’t mean he was brainwashed.