The Cultural Divide of Hollywood’s “Ghost in the Shell”

from Den of Geek

If you’ve heard anything about Ghost in the Shell‘s Hollywood excursion, it’s probably the usual: the casting. The cast includes Japanese actors, including an exciting turn from Beat Takeshi as Daisuke Aramaki. But there’s one in particular under heavy scrutiny. That is, of course, Danish-American Scarlett Johansson as the Major.

Tensions have run high, and it’s been all over the map. There are American accusations of whitewashing, but the Japanese front seems to not acknowledge it as an issue. Of course, no one country will have a single opinion. Feelings vary across the board. But speaking broadly, America has protested as Japan watches in confusion. And those looking for a Right Answer will pick a side to be The Authority.


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