This is Part 2 of the series Leaked: Corporations Send Death Note To Asians. Go back to see Leaked: Corporations Send Death Note To Asians (Part 1) and Leaked: Corporations Send Death Note To Asians (Part 2)
Yet another Asian with hopes of making it in America was viscously murdered before making it State side.
Once again corporations are responsible. This time it was Paramount and Dreamworks with their release of Ghost in the Shell.
Based on the Japanese manga later turned anime series and multiple Japanese films, this version breaks away from a multitude of source material and cast a white Motoku Kusanagi.
That may sound a bit weird, and you know what, Jess Hall, the film’s cinematographer, agrees,
“I’ve found the casting controversy quite weird…If you look at Section 9, it’s really very diverse casting…You have a Fijian, a Dane, several Japanese actors, including one of the country’s biggest stars. I don’t really understand it.”
See it’s weird that anyone would want to see an Asian play the lead Asian role in an Asian cultural production.
Especially considering they have diverse actors playing minor roles. Not the major roles those are all going to white actors but the minor one’s definitely.
The film’s protagonist is played by Scarlett Johansson, the main supporting character, Batou, is played by Pilou Asbaek and the villain Hideo Kuze is played by Michael Pitt, all of whom are white.
Though Hall wants to stress that,
“It’s important to talk about. I just don’t know that we should be talking about it as much with this film,”
See he’s not dismissing the issue. He’s just dismissing it for this film.
As for Scarlett Johansson she insists,
“This character is living a very unique experience, she is a human brain in an entirely machine body, she is essentially identity-less. I would never attempt to play a person of a different race, obviously.”
But here’s a reminder of the opening title card of the 1995 anime movie this film adapts at times shot for shot: