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  •  Well..... (2+ / 0-)
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    sberel, ek hornbeck

    I believe the filmmakers have defended it by pointing out that the characters are technically not Asians within the story.

    •  It was a fantasy show, (3+ / 0-)
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      Rimjob, sberel, crose

      but it was very obviously set in an East Asian cultural milieu, with three of the four main groups based on the Tibetans, Japanese and Chinese. It would be as if you took The Lord of the Rings, which wasn't technically set in Europe but was very obviously set in a European mythological context, and cast most of the leads as black or Asian actors. (This blogger laid out a pretty good case.) The casting call specifically asked for "Caucasian or any other", and the casting director could actually come up with gems of idiocy like this:

      We want you to dress in traditional cultural ethnic attire. If you're Korean, wear a kimono. If you're from Belgium, wear lederhosen.

      This in light of the fact that it's always been a struggle for Asian actors to break out of certain stereotypical niches, and I think this movie is really setting the culture back. Oh of course, we'll see East Asian actors among the minor characters, but Hollywood wasn't willing to actually have one among the leads. I'm not Asian myself, but this really disgusts me.

      I wanna quote another British poet.

      by Lazar on Sat Jul 11, 2009 at 11:15:43 PM PDT

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      •  I Agree To Some Extent, But..... (4+ / 0-)
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        Ray Radlein, ek hornbeck, KenBee, Lazar

        A couple weeks ago I went through some of the Asian stereotypes in film, and the roles Asian actors are usually considered for in that film cliche diary I did. And the "whitewashing" of characters in an Asian property occurred in the recent 'Dragonball' film too.

        However, in this case, I don't know if it's as much a racial issue as just the usual creative control thing where people feel the need to put their own spin on a property. I have a feeling die-hard fans of this are going to have much larger bones to pick with it than the casting, since I think M. Night Shyamalan is going to change some things.

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