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Flap over Geisha Casting

According to IMDB there are some issues around casting in the new film "Memoirs of a Geisha." Evidently, some Chinese critics are blasting the choice of Chinese actresses Ziyi Zhang and Gong Li for roles as subservient geishas. They claim that it is insensitive to the atrocities committed by the Japanese to the Chinese during World War II. Director Rob Marshall has responded to these criticisms by stating that the choices were made merely based on acting talent, and no other condition.

Hear that China? You have better actors than the Japanese. So you have that going for you.

Actually, one assumes that the Chinese actresses didn't have a problem with the parts. And frankly, this isn't the first time that something like this has happened. In fact, also according to IMDB, many of the actors who played Nazis in TV's "Hogan's Heros" were in fact Jewish. --Terrence Ryan


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