The upcoming film The Great Wall has attracted a number of critics after its first trailers were released. The fantasy adventure directed by Zhang Yimou set in China a thousand years ago stars white Hollywood film star Matt Damon.
Russian news agency rosbalt reported that many people have expressed dissatisfaction with the casting choices in the film. People are angry that a non-Chinese actor, Matt Damon was chosen to play the guardian of the Great Wall of China.
In the movie, European mercenaries were locked up in a Chinese prison. When mysterious monsters attack the Great Wall, Matt Damon and his mercenary pals must help defend the Great Wall. The film’s cast also includes Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau, Lu Han, Jing Tian, and Wang Junkai. The movie’s budget was $135 million.
Taiwan-born American actress Constance Wu led the charge against the movie. “We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world, it’s not based in actual fact. Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon. They look like Malala. Ghandi. Mandela,” said Wu in a statement on social media.
Well-known blogger Angry Asian Man said that the movie was, “the latest movie in the grand cinematic tradition of the Special White Person.” “You can set a story anywhere in the world, in any era of history, and Hollywood will still somehow find a way for the movie to star a white guy,” he wrote.
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The only reason it is "white-washed" is because the Chinese investors are trying to make money off of the whites...this movie looks like crap...Zhang Yimou is a terrible sell-out at this point...his "filmmaking" has become a joke..he used to be remarkable...now a footnote who will remembered as a CGI hack..an' miss wu went to my film school unfortunately.
Aug 03, 2016 18:21 Report Abuse
Check reddit.com and you will see flames against her for dating white men and no Asians, so many comments, you could never read them all, it seems Chinese girls just like Korean girls are supposed to tow the line and stick to yellow and ignore black and white. I guess Ming Na Wen from the Joy Luck Club is the only actress that shows respect to her yellow pride and everybody else is a sellout, sort of like Uncle Toms. We live in such a harmonious world.
Aug 04, 2016 02:38 Report Abuse
yes, make a movie that is historically accurate instead of one that makes money, then I can download it off a torrent site under the heading DOCUMENTARY. It's called entertainment, smoke some weed and chill. I love watching action movies were the main actor is Asian, such as uh oh huh, can't think of one in this century, give me a minute.
Aug 04, 2016 02:21 Report Abuse
If you're having trouble thinking of an action movie where the main actor is Asian, just look at pretty much every action movie from China, where the casting is a damn sight more monochrome than Hollywood. Even if you only want to count Western movies, there is The Expendables, Shanghai Noon/Shanghai Nights, Batman V. Superman (and the upcoming Wonder Woman). That's just off the top of my head. How many Chinese movies have the main actor as an American (or European)?
Aug 04, 2016 06:44 Report Abuse
sorry mateusz, your definition of a movie and mind are not the same, none of the movies above would interest me in the least, generation gap I suppose. I know they make a detergent to make a black guy come out Asian, do they make one to make an Asian come out white. I hope Matt Damon did not eat any of those dangerous phosphates in the detergent.
Aug 04, 2016 20:13 Report Abuse
So... a single white guy in a Chinese movie - whitewashing? Does that mean Constance Wu is committing the horrible act of yellowwashing? A white person asserting that only white people should be in American movies, and rants against non-whites in American movies would be racist (I say would be, since I don't know anyone who holds such an extreme view). A yellow person asserting that only yellow people should be in Chinese movies, and rants against non-yellows in Chinese movies, however, is supposedly speaking out against racism. Humanity, you disappoint me.
Aug 04, 2016 06:40 Report Abuse
So they want to attract a target audience of white 24-34 year olds in America. The film makers just want to make money from both the US and China. I didn't cry like a baby when they kept talking Chinese in the new independence day film because it is a film. If I watched a documentary then I would complain but a film of course not, some people have because too sensitive and need to quit whining.
Aug 04, 2016 08:24 Report Abuse
Oh please, since when is Hollywood supposed to try and act as a moral compass for the world? They only care about making money. All you have to do, is simply not pay to see the movie... and then they will change. Constance Wu can scream and cry all she wants, if she doesn't like it... don't watch it and make your own films...
Aug 04, 2016 11:18 Report Abuse
Many people don't understand that, beside a bunch of independent films, movie making is an industry in the likes of factories or retailers, and that their goal is solely to make as much money as possible. Matt Damon is a famous face and will help this movie to reach Western audiences. It is the same thing when a Hollywood movie puts in a Black or an Asian character, it is never out of good heart but solely to reach Afro-American and Asian-American/Chinese audiences, more viewers means more money. Whoever looks for an ideological message in Hollywood (or big budget movies in general from any country) is seriously lost and need guidance themselves because the only ideology for these AAA-movies is capitalism and their only god is money.
Aug 04, 2016 18:26 Report Abuse
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