Hollywood “Whitewashes” Japanese Films: Uses White American Actors Instead of Asians
CNN’s InAmerica blog has an article that discusses the fact that upcoming American remakes of Japanese films are going to cast white American actors to play characters that were originally Japanese:
Tom Cruise is rumored to be in talks to play the lead role in the Warner Bros. adaptation of Japanese novel “All You Need is Kill,” replacing a Japanese main character. Warner Bros., which is owned by the same parent company as CNN, is also in the pre-production stages of making a live-action version of “Akira,” a graphic novel that was made into a landmark 1988 animated feature film in Japan. All of the actors rumored to be in consideration for the upcoming film’s main characters are white Americans, although casting calls invited actors of “any race” to audition.
That’s troubling to both the series’ devoted fans and advocates of diversity in casting.
Similar things happen in the Japanese film industry, as some of you may remember from a recent post about Hiroshi Abe playing an Roman in the “Thermae Romae” movie. And “Sideways” was remade with a Japanese cast.
For those who have missed it, here is Harry Partridge‘s hilarious take on the issue of American remakes: