• Jul. 28th, 2010 at 11:53 PM
la_vie_noire: (Utena-orz)

The Expendables is an upcoming ensemble action/war film written by Dave Callaham and Sylvester Stallone, and directed by Stallone. Filming began on March 28, 2009, in Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, and is expected to be released on August 13, 2010. The film pays tribute to the blockbuster action films of the 1980s and early '90s, and stars an array of action veterans from those decades, including Stallone himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, and Jet Li, as well as more recent stars such as Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, and Steve Austin.

[...] A team of highly-trained, dangerous mercenaries are sent on a mission to a South American country, with the objective to overthrow a cold-blooded dictator. As the mission begins, the mercenaries discover that the situation is not as it appears. The men find themselves trapped in a deadly game of deception.

lol right.

OH THERE'S MOAR: Sylvester Stallone in an interview: "And about the dictators, they're fascinating fellows. They're mad people. At the beginning they might have some king of philosophy, but then they show how insane they really are. And to build'em I've got inspiration in North Korea, Uganda, Cuba, El Salvador, Russia and some Central America Countries. I made a blend of them all. What you see in this movie is a mixture of real dictators."


Another SS interview: "I just felt that if you are going to do a story about a mercenary, which is always a fascinating character, you try to put them in a situation where he can find certain redemption. And usually it's going to a third world country where he sees people that are impoverished, people that can't defend themselves. He finds his own soul." THE ~THIRD-WORLD~: SAVING FOREIGN SOULS SINCE ALWAYS; THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE FOR. YOU'RE WELCOME.


Not only that. For white mercenaries to find their souls.

brb, loling. This man is a jewel.
la_vie_noire: (Stop with the idiocy)
Thanks to Mako who made me notice this:

Bita Ghaedi Deportation Cancelled!

[...] the British High Court granted Ghaedi interim relief pending a renewed application to apply for judicial review, while the European Court of Human Rights put a ban on her deportation.

As a woman who fled her husband as well as a political dissident, Bita Ghaedi has legitimate reasons to fear an "honour killing" if deported back to Iran. In his opinion, Justice Nichols stated that the British Home Office ignored a preponderance of evidence highlighting her very real claims to asylum.

Maria Rohaly from Mission Free Iran writes that mainstream media silence, in addition to dereliction of duty from organizations like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, only hurt the case. Still, this case is a testament for how a small number of dedicated people can bring international attention to the horrific ways in which asylum seekers and refugees are treated by developed nations.


Oh, Hollywood. When you think it couldn't get worse. Well, it always gets worse.

Genghis Khan? Mickey Rourke.

I kid you not. Oh, how I wish I was.

You know things like anime adaptations don't stand a chance if these fuckers can't even respect a historical figure who belongs to another nation.

Racefail 2010 has arrived. Why

  • Mar. 25th, 2010 at 4:33 PM
la_vie_noire: (Stop with the idiocy)
And it starts with the upcoming liveaction movie of Bleach by WB. (See link for comments of white people saying they don't care about Asian actors because Bleach is not that Japanese anyway.)

Seriously, white people. Seriously. The day you understand that race relations aren't something relative... it will be... for fucks sake, it will never come.

ETA: Okay, I will word it better. White people? Go fuck yourself. Hard. This show doesn't need Asian actors? What. Nothing distinctive? I mean, what about the fact that IT'S A JAPANESE SHOW AND WHITE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN APPROPRIATING EVERYTHING NOT WHITE SINCE THEY STARTED COLONIZING COUNTRIES CENTURIES AGO, YOU FUCKING ASSHOLES.

Daughter of ETA 1: Also, notice how white westerns are there to define what is or isn't Japanese/Asian/POC. Most of them who only have been exposed to those cultures by media. Ah, white privilege.

That's all. I'm also working for the winner of my [ profile] help_chile's bid. So will be kinda busy.

Spoilers for Reborn 283:

Ranting, as always and coloring )

Aug. 15th, 2009

  • 1:35 PM
la_vie_noire: (Default)
Oh. And. The people and their cultures: POC and the movies by [personal profile] the_future_modernes. About the white-washing going on in Hollywood. MUST READ.

The Examiner’s Ed Moy inquires Does Hollywood ‘white-wash’ the casting of Asian characters in movies? Then he proves it…

After doing some research, I discovered that “The Last Airbender” wasn’t the only recent movie that cast white actors in roles that were originally created as Asian characters.

For example, the character of Kyo Kusanagi will be played by Sean Farris in an upcoming live-action feature based on the video game “King of Fighters”.

There’s also the casting of Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan in “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” along with a British actress Gemma Arterton playing his love-interest Tamina. The movie was also based on a popular video game.

And then there’s the recent announcement that Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are starring in a live-action version of the Japanese anime “Akira.”

And finally, there’s the casting of Keanu Reeves as Spike Spiegel in the live-action adaptation of “Cowboy Bebop.” (Although, I do admit that I think Keanu Reeves looks similar to the character.)

This all of course pales in comparison to the fact that last year, the producers of the movie “21″ took poetic license in rewriting actual Asian American card playing MIT students as white characters.

The movie “21″ was based on the best-selling book “Bringing Down the House”, about a real-life team of mostly Asian American students led by an Asian American professor John Chang and his teaching cohorts. (To read about the real “21″ students and their professor click here.) MORE
la_vie_noire: (Utena)
I want to bring something to your attention:

Kazuhiko Fei Ryu. 琉・F・和彦

So. Clover happens in a dystopian, cyber-punkish, and probably AU universe which, like everything, is still completely and absolutely based in our current reality.

Note how those names are written in Kanji (except for Suu) and not only katakana like in, let's say, Full Metal Alchemist.

I want to do a thinking exercise. If a hypothetical western fictional, alternative universe is adapted to a live-action movie, and the protagonist who is only described as a man with pale skin and who is also called, I don't know, William K. Bryan is suddenly cast as an Asian man? I KNOW, like 100% sure, the fandom will flip their shit off.

SO I'M GOING TO FLIP MY SHIT OFF IF KAZUHIKO IS CAST AS A WHITE MAN. And this leaving aside that casting a white man as an obviously Asian character in a Hollywood movie is nothing like casting an Asian man as a white character (for reasons I don't have the energy to discuss, you should have some clue if you are reading this journal).

Colorblind snowflakes? Get away from me. I'm going to need a lot of alcohol to get through this "live action Hollywood movie" thing if this project goes somewhere.


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