I've never seen the original Ghost in the Shell, but I do think it's cool if the context of certain anime are changed. Death Note could easily be transplanted to any urban setting with non-Japanese names and death imagery specific to the culture. Durarara could be replicated in other cities with different styles of street gangs. Cowboy Bebop could get away with it too.
Some should stay Japanese, or at least culture-specific. Anything Dragonball related should have a Chinese cast, Samurai Champloo wouldn't make sense with Americans as the leads, and Blood+ involves so many different cultures that restricting it to an American cast would be insulting.
@SimonPetrikov, I don't plan on watching it just because of the bad times ive had with anime to live action problems ive seen in the past but the role needs an extremely serious actor. Ive watched the show and ive never had to think so much watching an anime. It throws so much information about.... everything... at you that my mind exploded whatching it the first time. Figurativly of course. I had to watch throigh it twice because it took so much paying attention. It was a great anime and I dont see the amount of japanese politics and economic discussion is going to stick. People would lose interest. So i feel the people that liked the anime for what is was will not like it. The average american will though because they will probably make it more about the action and god d@mn the action scenes in that anime had so much tention steel beams could not take it... sorry for the long post... to late now.
@All my Mizore, tl:dr, I think she is a good actor for the role but the anime's fans probably wont like it anyway.
@SimonPetrikov, when I saw the poster for it, I thought "pffft, no way. Scarlett Johansen's boobs are not that big". I haven't formed an opinion on the rest of the film yet.
@SimonPetrikov, i think the biggest problem is they are using a very white actress for a very Asian character with a very Japanese name when there are plenty of Asian actresses out there and it's 2017 why is white washing still a thing
@SimonPetrikov, also the lead girl in Ghost in the Shell is a cybernetic human and honestly she can change her appearance almost at will so it's not that big of a deal if her skin color changes
@Beede, because that very white actress is a good actress with a record of successful films.
@arcadefire, there are very talented Asian actresses with a record of successful films so why shouldn't they get the part, especially considering the part is for the portrayal of an Asian character
@Beede, how many of those actresses have had huge hits in America? - and how would you feel about a black James Bond? Personally I would love to see Idris Elba play him-
@arcadefire, well there are black British people so I don't really see the problem there, and there's quite a few big asian actresses with big hits in the US
@Beede, idk man listen im a liberal I think it's good when we get diversity in movies, that being said I don't think it's fair to bash/boycott a movie because of something like this. It's not like we have Adam Sandler or some unknown actress. They have Scarlett who has done this types of movies before. It's not that serious
@arcadefire, i'm not saying necessarily boycott the movie but at the same time its 2017 why is this still a thing
@Beede, because that's how life is. Slow as fvck. The only Asian actress I can think of is Lucy Liu but she can barely get supporting characters in the king fun panda movies.
@All my Mizore, I'm pretty sure it's based off the Ghost in the Shell animated movie, not the series. The first five minutes of the live movie, which you can find on YouTube, is almost an exact replicate.
I'm just mad they didn't do her hair better, I've seen much better cosplays.
I don't watch live adaptions because they make me sad, but this at least looks better to me than Netflix's Deathnote.
@SimonPetrikov, Writers tend to write about locations they're familiar with. So someone from Tokyo would write a setting familiar. Stan Lee based most of his hero's in New York. I only get frustrated is when the location is drastically changed like as you said with Samurai Champloo. But with something like Ghost in the shell. The AMERICAN adaptation is going to be geared towards AMERICANS. What about Stitch the anime adaptation of Lilo and Stitch based in Japan. I agree with you.
BTW Keanu Reeves wanted to play Spike Speigle. In a live Action adaptation.
@Beede, Adaptation's, and reimaginings exist. With your logic should Americans get upset. When TMNT was turned into an anime centered in Japan.
As someone who loves Anime I care less about casting in these adaptations and more on if they can hold up to the source material. The only time my family got mad at WhiteWashing was with the Ancient one in Doctor Strange. And coming from a Chinese Family we forgave it because we enjoyed the story.
@Lord Palpatine, except ghost in a shell wasn't reimagined its the same thing with a white actor, that is what the problem is, if it had been reimagined and placed in a white society, and the main character did not have a super Japanese name there would be no problem, there problem is they did not do that
@Beede, I've just watched the trailers. I looked on IMDB. Where is her super Japanese name? All I see listed is Major. Could they have changed her name like they did with Light in DeathNote.
Where is your evidence that they are using her original "super Japanese" name?
@SimonPetrikov, hold the fvck up did you just call Dragonball Chinese?
@Azing, Dragonball is a Japanese property, but it's based on a Chinese book called "Journey to the West," so it would be wise to cast a largely Chinese cast.
@SimonPetrikov, just because it's based off a Chinese thing doesn't mean the writer, characters, and setting aren't Japanese though, you can't call it Chinese just because something it's based on is Chinese.
I'm still kind of surprised at the intense backlash about this. I mean I could see why people might be initially upset, but trying to boycott it is ridiculous. At the very least the race of the actress isn't important since the character is a cyborg, so her outer appearance (the "shell") can really be anything. Even Mamoru Oshii the director of the original Ghost in the Shell anime film approved of ScarJo's casting and there's even one video of a Japanese guy interviewing other Japanese in the street asking them how they felt about the casting and most of them supported it too (What Japanese think of whitewashing [Ghost in the Shell, Death Note, Interview], by That Japanese Man Yuta on YouTube). This is a movie with a strong female lead and a multinational cast yet people are still going to complain about it "just because she's not Asian."
Hey remember that really cool Japanese movie with those famous Japanese actors? Yeah neither does anybody else. 1. Scarlet johansson looks pretty damn close to the anime character. 2. If I was making an anime adaptation movie, you bet your ass I'm gonna white wash the Fvck outta the cast, otherwise my movie would only sell well in Japan and maybe China, cutting my potential profits in half. If you don't like whitewashing, fine, but if you assume it's related to racism, that's fvcking stupid
@VibratingButtChomper, coming from an Asian, no one has ever said it was about racism.
Its a matter of trying to get more mainstream Asian actors in Hollywood, not about "I dont like white people in my Asian movies"
@Mitch1171, I wish that was the case, but every time this trash shows up in the news, the point behind the articles is never "we need more diversity," but instead is "what's with all the white people." But I guess that's more descriptive of news than it is the actual truth.
I feel obligated to comment...
When I saw the ad for Ghost In The Shell, it seemed extremely familiar, but I don't know where I've seen it before.
I had GITS on VHS. It's a really odd movie and I never got the story. Still, that's often the story with anime, especially back then, but I am very surprised of seeing it being revived.
@Kim Jong Pun, I strongly encourage you to watch the the new series and the TV series. The first one is extremely philosophical and confusing as fvck but the show is just overall a great show
And a man apparently. Albeit a sexy one