Originally Posted by Tulkas
When the studios go out of their way, not just to avoid asian leads, but to change the ethnicity of primary characters because 'Americans' are unable to relate to them, that is hardly related to a the number of asian actors you can name.
And the last time this was prevalent was when? Kung Fu? The King and I?
Are we looking at this from a historical perspective or the state of the industry now? Because as far as I recall the male lead in Anna and the King was Chow Yun Fat. Not a bald Russian guy.
As I said, I don't follow this very closely but I do note many more asian american actors today than I did growing up.
I would argue Ken Watanabe is on par or perhaps a better actor than Denzel.
Except he isn't asian american...and it's hard to say really. I think that Denzel has had far more varied roles.
What's the point? Unless he also goes out and buys his own studio, it is quite likely the leading characters might be ethically cleansed so they relate to the audience better.
Yes, because Justin Lin completely failed in getting more asian americans actors into movie roles because he didn't go out and buy a studio...and yeah, Better Luck Tomorrow was ethically cleansed and didn't address the issue of a "model minority" at all.
Will that change their skin colour?
Do you need it to? Or do you simply want the asian-american demographic not to be clustered in with the caucasian one so you end up with 4% of the lead actors in hollywood?
While there's still a bit of asianploitation with kung fu roles and asian comedy with Li, Chan, etc if the trend holds true then young directors like Lin may be able to push asian films like Spike Lee and John Singleton did for african-american film making in the 90s.
That the african-american community shows up as a seperate demographic certainly didn't hurt. The same needs to occur for the asian-american community for there to be real monetary benefit for more asian male leads.
But what the heck, if you want role models, asian film making is vastly better than it was a decade or two ago. I may be a little odd in actually watching sub-titled movies but I've seen decent Korean, Chinese and Japanese films with strong asian leads.
4%, while a significant number, is still smaller than the other two major minority groups in the US. You want something to happen, you go make it happen. There's at least ONE Asian American role model that has succeeded into breaking into directing and producing.
I'm sure there's more if you look closely. But proving a market exists in the indie film market is a good first step in getting the majors to change. Where there's money, they'll cater to it.