Many people in the United States have been talking about, the of the famous manga and anime of the same name. The film, Scarlett Johansson , has been the center of a lot of discussion as the film arrives in theaters on both sides of the Pacific.
Yet the attention has mostly been of the. In the original series, The Major is a cyborg, but her name, Motoko Kusanagi, also that she's Japanese. Scarlett Johansson is definitely not. Yet she's starring in the movie. She's front and center in all of the advertising and media appearances too. Many aren't thrilled about this, .
The new Ghost in the Shell moviea debate about "whitewashing" in Hollywood cinema. The term refers to the of casting white actors in nonwhite roles. This has been an issue ever since studios started filming in in Hollywood, far from where movies actually . Even though the location or of a movie black, Latino, Native American, Middle Eastern or Asian actors, these roles are whitewashed — they're played by . This has led to some films that have aged badly — take, for instance, the much-loved Breakfast at Tiffany's, in which Mickey Rooney plays a Japanese full of racist stereotypes.
Over the last couple of decades, the situation has improved significantly. Yetcastings still , and in recent years they've tended to involve roles for Asian characters. Ghost in the Shell isn't the first anime-to-live-action adaptation to face this issue. A on Dragonball from 2008 put a white actor in the of Goku.
But Ghost in the Shell has been the highest-profile case in quite some time, as Paramount Picturesit a . That's exactly why they Johansson, an actress with the star power to sell a film based off an anime that most people in the U.S. don't know.
, the issue here isn't about any movie, but about Hollywood's failure to Asian actors in general, and to them for leading roles. Ghost in the Shell is just the biggest reminder of how badly they have failed .
What about in Japan?
Well, based on what I've seen, fans are far more worried whether Ghost in the Shellas a film. This country is far more of live-action takes on anime, who stars.
The Japan Times ST: March 31, 2017