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Almost forgot to post this, because blah.  It’s a promo image of Tom Cruise from All You Need is Kill artfully cropped by Angry Asian Man.
A while back, WB picked up the All You Need is Kill script, which is based off a Japanese novel.  In the novel, the main character is named Keiji Kiriya.   In the script, his name was whitewashed to “Billy Cage.” 
That was the first red flag for us, because:  Juan Rico.  That name sound familiar?  It was the name of the main character in Starship Troopers, another book starring an Asian protagonist adapted to film—except in the film he was renamed “Johnny” and cast with a white actor.
When the director of All You Need is Kill, Doug Liman, was asked if the main character of the film would still be Japanese, he said no, "No, it’s totally American."  Because apparently having a Japanese lead would make the character not American, or something, like “Japanese Americans” aren’t totally American…or was he trying to say something else by straight out saying “Nope, not even entertaining the possibility of considering you, actors of Japanese descent, for this main character once named Keiji”?
And apparently “totally American” means white American.   Not “American” as in the diverse cast in the book (which included Asian characters, Native American characters, and a Japanese-Brazilian-American badass general character, and uh, also white characters—so white actors would still have an opportunity to be featured had the film stuck to the book…)
Nah, totally American apparently just means “white,” because somehow a 16 year old Japanese character is being played by 50 year old white American Tom Cruise.  Based on IMDB, all the other leading actors are white, including Bill Paxton.   (The film also stars Emily Blunt, Charlotte O’Reilly, and Jonas Armstrong, none of whom are American, *cough* paging the director trying to make the film “totally American.”)
(FYI I had the exact same expression as Tom on my face the entire time I was typing this.  Ugh.)

Almost forgot to post this, because blah.  It’s a promo image of Tom Cruise from All You Need is Kill artfully cropped by Angry Asian Man.

A while back, WB picked up the All You Need is Kill script, which is based off a Japanese novel.  In the novel, the main character is named Keiji Kiriya.   In the script, his name was whitewashed to “Billy Cage.” 

That was the first red flag for us, because:  Juan Rico.  That name sound familiar?  It was the name of the main character in Starship Troopers, another book starring an Asian protagonist adapted to film—except in the film he was renamed “Johnny” and cast with a white actor.

When the director of All You Need is Kill, Doug Liman, was asked if the main character of the film would still be Japanese, he said no, "No, it’s totally American."  Because apparently having a Japanese lead would make the character not American, or something, like “Japanese Americans” aren’t totally American…or was he trying to say something else by straight out saying “Nope, not even entertaining the possibility of considering you, actors of Japanese descent, for this main character once named Keiji”?

And apparently “totally American” means white American.   Not “American” as in the diverse cast in the book (which included Asian characters, Native American characters, and a Japanese-Brazilian-American badass general character, and uh, also white characters—so white actors would still have an opportunity to be featured had the film stuck to the book…)

Nah, totally American apparently just means “white,” because somehow a 16 year old Japanese character is being played by 50 year old white American Tom Cruise.  Based on IMDB, all the other leading actors are white, including Bill Paxton.   (The film also stars Emily Blunt, Charlotte O’Reilly, and Jonas Armstrong, none of whom are American, *cough* paging the director trying to make the film “totally American.”)

(FYI I had the exact same expression as Tom on my face the entire time I was typing this.  Ugh.)

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    A great novel/manga that needs racebending of the movie just to accurately portray the characters in the original novel...
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    Yo man, now that the trailer’s out now too…might I add…Emily Blunt…not trying to be offensive to her fans, but the lady...
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    right, this is one of the many reasons why so many people are against the American live-action adaption of Akira.
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    I only found out about this today an I am so mad. “All you need is kill” is one of my all time favourite books and I...
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    GAH. This’s worse than that idiotic “Last Samurai” thing. What Hollywood fails to realize is that fans of material will...
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    Few things in pop culture boil my blood like whitewashed films.