(and heck, same question for TF: AoE: why are people so outraged at the film's "selling out" to China when that very decision ensures that many, many Asian actors have significant roles in the film? If someone cared about Asians in cinema I'd expect them to be overjoyed at anything that brings Asians work, but instead politics seems to get in the way. That makes for some confused priorities IMO.)
Because all of the Asian characters in AOE are either glorified props/background scenery to the white characters, or unnuanced stereotypes (both positive and negative).
Like the Chinese Victoria's Secret model that beats up a bunch of Men in in black with Kung-fu in a scene that is totally out of place in a movie that should be about Giant Robots? Or the central government officer that shows up in a scene that is specifically catered to appease the CCP censors in how a government official is to be portrayed.
On top of that. they're CHINESE Actors, not Chinese American actors. They aren't there to showcase Asian talent, they're in the movie to appease the CCP's delicate sensibilities. They'll ONLY star in big budget movies in unnuanced roles because of the budget of the movie making their inclusion necessary.
movieartman wrote: I just immeasurably violently hate this notion that we can't have villains that happen to be of a foreign culture and unless we have a good guy from that culture we are racist and implying that all people of that race are like that.
The problem isn't that the villain is of a certain ethnicity, the problem is that the majority of movies with villains who happen to be non-white are rarely given any nuance. A hero is only as good as his villain, and if the Villain isn't allowed to be complex or deep then the impact is lessened.
Take for example, Pat Morita as Mr Miyagi from the Karate Kid (not a villain, but I have a point). When we first meet him, he seems like a stereotypical Martial Arts Master. But then the kid comes back from training to find him drunk on the floor, crying. He then pours out his heart to Daniel, crying about how his wife died in while giving birth at Manzanar, and died due to lackluster medical care. In that moment, Mr. Miyagi goes from being just another Asian stereotype (albeit a relatively positive one), to being a human character, flawed and vulnerable as the rest of us.
and that scene was NOT necessary! In fact, the director had to fight to get it included! It's pretty much just a standard 80's Sports movie aside from that scene.
A minority character doesn't have to be the focus of the whole movie to make us feel for the character, you just have to include a few moments in the greater whole acknowledging that the character is more than just a stereotype.
There are BILLIONS upon billions of Chinese that will never have anything to do with Ninja death cults, the notion that we are implying such is ludicrous.
We're not saying the Chinese people would have a problem with a Chinese villain, the problem is the CCP, the censors who run the show in China wouldn't allow a Chinese villain.
The communists say you have to portray a Chinese character in a flawless positive light, and if you don't? Sorry bub, the communists wont allow this movie, or ( if it's really offends the CCP) any of your future movies into their theaters for the foreseeable future.
The problem with Shang Chi, is that he'll probably be unnuanced overtly bland, when compared to Danny Rand. Because if you gave him depth and character, that could potentially make the CCP very angry with the studio if you did anything wrong. Even if the movie/TV show was never intended to be shown in China!