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Japanese Opinions On Hollywood Whitewashing

I don’t normally get too political on but something has flared up recently that I need to have my two cents. The issue I’m referring to is it seems a lot of people aren’t happy with the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi for the Hollywood live action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell. Now granted that this series is an absolute cult phenomenon and even before the 2 season series and the recent new releases, the manga and the original movie are regarded as being absolute classics.

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I for one am of the firm belief that even if the casting had gone with an Asian actress, people would still have their arms up in the air with the choice of actress, in that it wasn’t the actress they wanted. This goes beyond the whitewashing and into feverish fandom that often plagues these productions and classic fan favourites. Not taking anything away from whitewashing which is a real issue. So it’s with this mind that I found the following video from YouTuber, That Japanese Man Yuta, particularly interesting to see what the Japanese public thought of the casting decision.

Interesting and varied reactions, right? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the casting, the video or both.

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By Japandaman

Founder of Japandaman - Australia's premier Japanese pop culture website!