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The Cloud Atlas Conversation: Yellowface, Prejudice, and Artistic License

The Cloud Atlas Conversation: Yellowface, Prejudice, and Artistic License

The shock of watching the Cloud Atlas trailer, and witnessing white actors portray Asian characters, is that there is no shock. Because it is absolutely nothing new. It was part of the tradition of American entertainment long before Luise Rainer won the Oscar for The Good Earth in 1937. It was a torch passed on through the decades, from Charlie Chan to Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Unlike b...
Spike Lee tweets about diversity in “Oldboy”

Spike Lee tweets about diversity in “Oldboy”

On August 3rd, 2012, Angry Asian Man leaked a casting breakdown for the Oldboy American remake. Mandate Films (a division of Lionsgate) is producing, Spike Lee is set to direct, and Josh Brolin is set to star. This was a casting breakdown for some of the supporting roles, and it’s pretty horrendous. Above: Promotional image of the original Oldboy (2003) OLDBOY Feature Film SAG-AFTRA Direct...
On Marvel, Mandarin, and Marginalization

On Marvel, Mandarin, and Marginalization

At ComicCon 2012, Marvel Studios announced that Sir Ben Kingsley will be playing a version of The Mandarin, Tony Stark’s traditional yellow peril arch-nemesis, in Iron Man 3. The announcement was a sudden about-turn from previous statements the Iron Man directors have made about the Fu Manchu-inspired villain. “There are certain fears and certain strengths the character evokes that a...
Red Dawn Remake – Our Review and Reflections

Red Dawn Remake – Our Review and Reflections

Last summer, Racebending.com staffers attended a promotional screening for MGM’s remake of the film Red Dawn. Now that the Red Dawn trailer has been released in theaters, we’re posting our review. This review is going to be based on the version of the film we saw in summer 2011. Red Dawn (2012) is a remake of the film by the same name released in 1984 during the Cold War. In the ori...

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