No Aspirational Heroes, Huh?

Apparently, the star of the latest Marvel film – Shang Chi and the Ten Rings (yeah, I forgot about that movie too) – claimed that this is something he “didn’t have growing up,” namely an aspirational Asian or Asian American hero.

Ahem: | Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai (2003)
Toshirô Mifune in Shichinin no samurai (1954)
“Three weeks top of the US Box Office. I doubt you will be so fortunate.”

Hell, not even going that far:

American Dragon: Jake Long (2005)

And all that isn’t even touching on Anime, video games, most of the Japanese film industry, or the innumerable superhero and fantasy film’s / franchises. Like you may have heard of this obscure little franchise:

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That’s really one of the more obnoxious things about these ‘representational’ films and such: the fact that they’re always trying to ignore or hide the people who have come before. Because everyone today is trying to be Sydney Poitier slapping the racist rich jerk in In the Heat of the Night, because that’s all they know how to value in a film: being ‘socially important’ (neglecting the fact that it was also, you know, a good movie). So they have to keep trying to reset the clock and hide the work of those who came before to give themselves the chance to pretend to be pioneers.

2 thoughts on “No Aspirational Heroes, Huh?

  1. Yes, exactly! And if they want to make a Marvel film with an Asian lead, why not make one about Sunfire? Shiro Yoshida is Japan’s #1 superhero in the comics, a samurai who can fly and shoot fire from his fists. The guy is *cool* and better known than Shang-Chi, who does deserve a TV series by the sounds of it. But a movie? With the *Mandarin*, Iron Man’s archnemesis, as his father and opponent? :headdesk on repeat: GAH!!

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  2. Oh, give the guy a break. He’s an actor. He’s not exactly going to be the brightest bulb in the spoon drawer….

    (I’d also add: what about all those Shaw Bros. heroes? Asian as they come. Could kill MOUNTAINS of enemies. Starred in movies that were adaptations of actual Chinese/Asian legends and classics! What about them, dude?)

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