Apr 27 2009

Nobody’s Asian in the Movies

Published by at 9:15 am under Comedy,Superhero Comedy

From Dr. Horrible.

35 responses so far

35 Responses to “Nobody’s Asian in the Movies”

  1. Tomon 27 Apr 2009 at 9:45 am

    They’re making a movie about Avatar: The Last Airbender, which, although an American cartoon, is set in an Asian fantasy world with loads of Asian culture and an Asian cast.

    Now they’re making the live-action movie. Half of the cast is white.
    But Zuko’s played by Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) so it’s all good.

    Oh, and I freakin’ love Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog!

  2. B. Macon 27 Apr 2009 at 9:51 am



    The main characters don’t look particularly Asian…

  3. Lunajamniaon 27 Apr 2009 at 9:56 am

    Their eyes always look a different color to me (as well as their skin); like Sokka’s and Katara’s skin is usually darker than that and Katara would have purple eyes, but then they make it blue sometimes. So I always get confused as to their true eye color. They do look more Asian usually–just not in that picture.

  4. Lunajamniaon 27 Apr 2009 at 9:58 am

    *most of the characters, I mean … the Southern Water tribe is of course nowhere near Asia, of course they wouldn’t be Asian but they’re certainly not white …

    Sorry … finals week, and brain is only half-working. Who knows, maybe I made another mistake somewhere in this post … :/

  5. Tomon 27 Apr 2009 at 10:03 am

    Really? Aang’s people (kid in the yellow and orange) are meant to be based on Tibetan monks, Katara and Sokka (in the blue) are meant to be Inuit (granted, not Asian). Also, look at the other main characters: Toph (first image) is meant to be Chinese (I think) and Zuko (second picture) and his sister Azula (third picture)… well I’m not sure about them actually.





  6. Tomon 27 Apr 2009 at 10:03 am

    Oh, damn, wrong image tags. Can someone fix them?

  7. Wingson 27 Apr 2009 at 10:07 am

    For some weird reason, whatever is supposed to show up her doesn’t work on my computer…So I can only guess what the heck you guys are talking about.

    – Wings

  8. Tomon 27 Apr 2009 at 10:10 am

    I feel the need to add that it’s an awesome show. And if you saw it you’d definitely pick up the Asian culture. All of the writing is classical Chinese, for a start.

  9. Lunajamniaon 27 Apr 2009 at 10:12 am

    I’ve always wanted to draw kind of like that, and when I watched an episode for the first time and saw the way they drew/made the scenery and the shadows and the style of clothing, characters, their voices, and … everything … I fell in love with the show. 😀

  10. Wingson 27 Apr 2009 at 10:20 am

    I’ve seen the show myself, and rather enjoyed it. Now, if only they had Electricity Benders…*thinks of Meg*

    – Wings

  11. Tomon 27 Apr 2009 at 10:23 am

    They do (sorta). Three of the firebending characters can also shoot lightning. Three of the characters can also redirect lightning thrown at them.

  12. Wingson 27 Apr 2009 at 10:33 am

    Uh..How is electricity related to fire? (just wondering)

    I mean, I could understand water and ice, or earth and metal. But electricity and fire?

    – Wings

  13. Avi Arunon 27 Apr 2009 at 11:00 am

    @ Tom

    I don’t think Dev Patel is asian. Yeah, I know he starred in Slumdog Millionaire and he looks like an Indian, but I read somewhere on the net that he’s officially a brit. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  14. Holliequon 27 Apr 2009 at 11:04 am

    His ethnicity is still Asian, presumably. He may indeed have British citizenship, though.

  15. Tomon 27 Apr 2009 at 11:19 am

    Wings- It was never really explained well in the show, but my guess is that they’re both energy. So yeah. I think Iroh explained it:

    Iroh:Lightning is a pure expression of firebending, without aggression. It is not fueled by rage or emotion the way other firebending is. Some call lightning the cold-blooded fire… There is energy all around us. The energy is both yin and yang; positive energy and negative energy. Only a select few firebenders can separate these energies. This creates an imbalance. The energy wants to restore balance and in a moment the positive and negative energy come crashing back together. You provide release and guidance, creating lightning.

    Convoluted. I know.

  16. Dforceon 27 Apr 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Convoluted? I don’t see a problem with it. In real life, lightning happens when there are positive and negatively charged particles in the air; which are opposites of each other. When there is enough of a charge, they cancel each other or attract each other causing plasma (lightning) to appear because of the energy it took for the particles to move. (Now, I’m no expert, but I think that’s how it works).

    I no longer have faith in Hollywood.

  17. Beccaon 27 Apr 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I love Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. 🙂

  18. Gurion Omegaon 29 Apr 2009 at 10:30 am

    Live-action movies…those monsters….I was a hardcore Avatar:The Last Airbender viewer-dude, but when I saw on wikipedia that they were turning it into a..a..live action flick I…oh, boy…

    Live action films hardly ever do so well, especially if it was once a cartoon! UGH!

    Alright, most of the marvel movies (get outta, line X-Men, you disappointed me!) did pretty well (pat yourself on the back, Spiderman 3) at the box-office. But sometimes, it just doesn’t feel…right.

    Example: In maybe 4 years from now, would anyone like to see Naruto in a live-action film. Would anyone want to see the Rasengan, Rasenshuriken, or sharingan put into real life???!!

    I don’t get why they couldn’t ask somebody Asian to play Goku in Dragon Evolution. I don’t care if Jackie Chan doesn’t fit Goku’s general look, why can they not retain semblance of Asian culture, in either film? (Avatar, DB:Evolution)

  19. Avi Arunon 29 Apr 2009 at 10:44 am

    “I don’t get why they couldn’t ask somebody Asian to play Goku in Dragon Evolution”.

    Probably because asian actors are busy acting in asian movies.

  20. B. Macon 29 Apr 2009 at 10:48 am

    Ehh. If I were Jackie Chan or Jet Li or the like, it would have taken roughly five minutes with the script to confirm that the movie is a trainwreck in the making.

  21. Tomon 29 Apr 2009 at 11:13 am

    I don’t get why people are complaining about Goku. The guy is an alien from another world. The fact that he looks human at all is a staggering coincidence.

  22. Gurion Omegaon 29 Apr 2009 at 11:52 am

    Dragon Ball Z is Japanese. That is Asian, dude.

  23. Tomon 29 Apr 2009 at 12:46 pm

    But Goku is an alien. He’s not Japanese. He’s not even human.

  24. Gurion Omegaon 30 Apr 2009 at 8:08 am

    But….I think that generally Akira Toriyama sourced the DB characters on Japanese people, and stuff. And Goku is a Saiyan. And all the Saiyans look awful human-like to moi.

  25. Ragged Boyon 30 Apr 2009 at 8:21 am

    “I no longer have faith in Hollywood.”

    You had faith in them in the first place. Deception, sleaze, greed, and evil are the seed from which Hollywood were born. And I love every bit of it’s grime. I love that all the careers I like have terrible dark sides. A splash of realism in my lake of dreams.

  26. Stefan the Exploding Manon 30 Apr 2009 at 8:27 am

    I think that if these Asian-style movies would just bother to let Asian people audition, they’d see a crapload of undiscovered talent waiting to be discovered.

    I cannot believe that Avatar is going to be turned into a live action movie with Caucasian actors. I don’t have anything against white people, but I think Avatar needs to star Asians if it wants to retain it’s Eastern feel.

  27. Gurion Omegaon 01 May 2009 at 11:46 am

    “I cannot believe that Avatar is going to be turned into a live action movie with Caucasian actors. I don’t have anything against white people, but I think Avatar needs to star Asians if it wants to retain its Eastern feel.”

    Yes! Alright!

    I have nothing against Caucasians, but… darnit, if you want to retain its Eastern imagery, we need ethnic realism in this movie. I’m sorry, Freddie Highmore, you’re not what I’m talking about.

  28. Tomon 01 May 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Personally I’m not actually that bothered about the casting. But this is like one of my favourite shows of all time so I really hope they don’t screw it up.

  29. Gurion Omegaon 04 May 2009 at 8:48 am

    I am also quite fearful for the constantly-brought-up-and-constantly-canceled Ender’s Game movie. Bean better look like he’s got some color in him!

    Man am I scared for the Ender’s Game movie… =2

    —Gurion Omega, the scared guy.

  30. B. Macon 04 May 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I’d watch an Ender’s Game movie if it ever came out, but the actors that play Ender and Bean need to be genuinely good. They can’t give us another “Mannequin Skywalker.”

  31. annisaon 28 Jul 2009 at 4:28 am

    oh yeah.. Zuko!

  32. Nami A.on 15 Dec 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Apparently they’re trying to erase any asian ethnicity from the movie..

    Confirmed rumors are that..

    -Firebenders won’t be able to firebend until there’s a fire source nearby. Meaning that they can’t create fire directly. They have to just ‘move’ it from a fire.

    -The Chinese letters going to be used are CONFIRMED to be just scribbles that have no meaning whatsoever.

    racebending.com

  33. Lighting Manon 15 Dec 2009 at 7:34 pm

    WereViking, Nami A! Have either of you ever played Simpsons: Hit and Run? Because you seem practiced at it.

  34. PaintedSainton 15 Dec 2009 at 10:19 pm

    What about the Wachowski brothers and Ninja Assassin? They had a Korean male lead and and black female lead…it’s kind of pathetic how ‘progressive’ an Asian lead is. If anything, Asian male actors aren’t well known in Hollywood, unless if they know martial arts.

    As for the Avatar movie, I heard that Shamaylan was a fan of the series, so I’m hoping the creators get a lot of input. Hopefully, that is. Aang’s actor won an international martial arts competition, so I don’t really have a problem with the ethnicity change. As for the role of Katara, she…well…not too sure about her acting, or how she looks the part.

  35. PaintedSainton 15 Dec 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Also, just to add to Nami.A’s comment…exactly how reliable is the source, considering the website seems to be primarily focused on the *gasp* race change of the actors? They’re cartoon characters, and they live in an alternate fictional universe, so their race can be left ambiguous. Just like that Naveen guy from Princess and the Frog, ambiguously brown.

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