Takeshi Kitano Is The Token Asian Man In Hollywood’s Ghost In The Shell
Cinema Today, a Japanese entertainment website reported that international Japanese action star Takeshi Kitano (or Beat Takeshi), if you watch Japanese cinema then you are familiar with the legendary actor. Takeshi Kitano has only appeared in a few Hollywood films such as Johnny Mnemonic (1995), and Brother (2000).
But now, Takeshi Kitano is back in Hollywood as the token Asian as Public Security Section 9 founder and chief Daisuke Aramaki, in Paramount Pictures Hollywood adaptation of Ghost In the Shell.
I guess the studio figured they could quell the backlash by finally adding Kitano, whom is a man of color, but guess what? Its not enough. With Asian actors and actresses being the butt of Hollywood jokes, this announcement should not come as a celebration, but as a slap in the face. Notice how easy it is to find Takeshi Kitano to play Aramaki, but not an Asian actress for the lead role?!
Well at least Takeshi Kitano seems curious enough. According to the Anime News Network, Kitano released a comment:
Kitano said regarding the role that while he personally is not a fan of anime or manga, he said he thought the character of Aramaki “gave off a unique presence.” Kitano also said that he was looking forward to finding out what kind of work Ghost In The Shell will turn out to be.
Variety’s most recent description of the film’s story is:
The story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.
Maybe I’m being harsh. I mean the film hasn’t even come out yet. I just want fair representation in film for people of color. Its so bad, we can’t even get the opportunity to play roles meant for us! Thats a big F**K you to people of color isn’t it?!
The film stars Scarlett Johansson and a bunch of other actors I don’t care about. The film is to be release in 2017. No details on an official release date.