Ghost in the Shell is one of the most legendary movies and societal concepts that has ever graced the big screen. The Japanese anime holds a special place in any otaku’s heart because of its stunning cinematography, fluid animation, and its in depth character design that leaped from the screen right into our very being.
The unknown figures of Hollywood have decided that, not only will they bring the classic anime to a live action remake, but it will be lead by “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders and star Scarlett Johansson. Although Johansson has received a great deal of positive reviews for her role as Black Widow from Marvel’s The Avengers, many criticize Hollywood’s need to “whitewash” the Japanese character.
There are many sites calling for Hollywood to stop the cinematic ethnic cleansing in order to better the world that we live in by way of petitions (seen here). We’ve seen this time and time again in Hollywood, Jake Gyllenhaal playing the Prince of Persia, Emma Stone playing an Asian in Aloha, Johnny Depp as a Native American in The Lone Ranger, and the plethora of white actors playing Egyptians (a country in Africa) over the decades, more recently in Exodus Gods and Kings, and Gods of Egypt. When will it end?
The movie is off to a rocky start as it has a less than stellar director, producers and a lead actress who (in my opinion) does a fantastic job in certain roles like the action movie Lucy and Avengers movies, but does not fit my pick for the Japanese character Major Motoko Kusanagi.
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