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On a local Chinese language television that occasionally airs K-dramas dubbed or subtitled for Chinese speaking audiences.
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2012 on Coffee Prince at KOLAHUN
Thanks for writing. I was fun putting the list together. I've never seen Lupin and only part of Fist of the North Star, so I'll have to check them out. But there's so many to choose from. I also left out Ninja Scroll - if the name "Jubei" sounds familiar. Ja mata!
Your logic is sound and I respect your view. I can see how one wouldn't insist on the cartoon characters being Asian in the live movie. If you thought they were not Asian in the TV show, then that's why they are not Asian in the movie. But if I thought they were Asian, that would explain my surprise when they are not in the movie. But neither of us remember the black earth benders, right? So, how'd they end up in the movie....? That's because the director, M. Night Shyamalan, made a decision to assign races to each nation. Like making the earth benders mostly Asian...with a black minority (whatever!), even though such characters are CLEARLY NOT black in the cartoon. Shyamalan has gone on record about his decision... "I had to eventually make a decision about what nationality each of them are." Nothing about the absence of race, as you rightly suggest, but clearly decisions about what races each nation should be. I, personally, didn't like the fact that, after he assigned races to groups in the movie, the lead roles of ethnic-style people, are given to whites, while minority actors are given the smaller parts. Nor did I care for the white actors remark about "getting a tan" to play the part of my favorite character... The director,Shyamalan remarks on this casting differential in a interview with UGO Entertainment about the casting controversy: "Jordan Hoffman: One of the complaints is this: you have Inuit actors playing the background of the water bending tribe, yet the two leads, Sokka and Katara, are white, so people looking for conspiracy will point to this. M. Night Shyamalan: When you see the whole movie, where the characters go, the Northern Water Tribe all have the European look that Sokka and Katara have, with a few exceptions here and there." Well...In the cartoon, both Northern and Southern water tribes look, non-European Eskimos. So why not cast some non-European Eskimos for the part in the live action movie? Would it kill him! Yes, you and I probably would have made different casting decision, either all Asian or clearly NOT Asian - but not probably not brown extras and white leads. And I wouldn't make jokes about getting a tan if I were thinking more about playing a character than a play on race.
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2010 on Airbender Movie - No Asians Allowed? at KOLAHUN