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Let's talk about the whitewashed trainwreck that is "Ghost in the Shell"... if you still want to watch the movie: beware of spoilers.
The movie argues that Scarlett Johannson is actually Japanese. The whitewashing is a plot point. It still leaves me speechless.
The plot twist is that Scarlett Johansson is the brain of the Japanese girl Motoko Kusanagi in the body of a white person.
The peak of the absurdity is that they even cast a Japanese actress as Motoko for a flashback, but you never see her face.
The movie ends with Johannson standing in front of Motoko Kusanagis grave, being hugged by her Japanese mother. What the fuck.
So if this is really supposed to be the start of a franchise, it starts with literally killing the Japanese origins of the story.
They cut the scene where Johansson kisses a woman, shown in the trailer. It's noteable because there's an (implied) male love interest
They also almost completely cut out Togusa, played by Chin Han. He's barely an extra but it feels like his role was bigger at some point.
And then there's also a transphobic joke... in a science fiction movie where robot people are fully accepted.
There needs to be a lot of discussion following this film but I worry that it'll be hindered by the fear of openly talking about "spoilers"