Yesterday we got our first look at Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi for Paramount’s Ghost In The Shell and the internet went nuts.  However, not in a good way, Hollywood continues to “whitewash” roles and believe it or not, it’s becoming a problem.  We’ve seen it before in movies, such as Dragonball: Evolution (Number 1 worst movie I’ve ever seen…EVER), The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Short Circuit, Aloha, Doctor Strange and The Last Airbender, and that’s just to name a few.  With that said, there are many of actors/actresses to fill these ethnic roles and so we decided to help Hollywood out for the next time they feel the need to “whitewash” a movie.  Here is a list of 10 Japanese actresses who should have been cast as Motoko Kusanagi.

Rinko Kikuchi

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Born in Hadano, Japan and probably best known for her role in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, she would have been many people’s first choice.  You may have also seen her in 47 Ronin and Babel.

Chiaki Kuriyama

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Born in Tsuchiura, Japan, Kuriyama is an actress, singer, and model. She is best known for her roles as Takako Chigusa in Battle Royale and Gogo Yubari in Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 film Kill Bill: Volume 1.

Koyuki Kato

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Born in Zama, Japan, Koyuki is also a model and actress.  You may have seen her in Blood: The Last Vampire live-action movie and alongside Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai.

Kaede Aono

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I admit that Kaede isn’t well known in the States but had the casting director and crew done their homework they may have come across her.  Just look at her awesome cosplay of Ghost In The Shell’s Motoko Kusanagi.  She is also an actress and model.

Karen Fukuhara

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YES!! Freaking Katana from the Suicide Squad movie.  Though she may have been busy at the time while shooting Suicide Squad, I’m sure the studio could have worked around her schedule…maybe.  I mean it worked for Scarlett Johansson during the shooting of Captain America: Civil War.  Plus she is adorable!

Keiko Kitagawa

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Keiko isn’t well known here in the States neither, she had a role in Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift where her line was “shut up you prick”.  She used to be a model but quit and decided to continue acting.  

Tao Okamoto

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Just seen her in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice as Mercy Graves and in 2009, she was one of the faces of Ralph Lauren. You may also remember her from 2013’s The Wolverine where she made her film debut as the female lead alongside Hugh Jackman.  

Kimiko Glenn

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Born in Phoenix, AZ, Kimiko is best known for playing Brook Soso in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.  Her character can be annoying at times but that just proves how much of a good actress she is.

Kiki Sukezane

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Kiki is a Japanese actress from Kyoto, Japan. She plays Miko Otomo in Heroes Reborn.

Eriko Hatsune

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Eriko stars in Emperor alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox as the lead female role.  Some anime fans may have also seen her in Gatchaman live-action movie.

So yea, there you have it.  Of course there are many more actresses suited for the role but we have at least 10. Also, I do not just blame the studios but I’m sure Scarlett Johansson knew what she was doing when she took the role, money talks in Hollywood.  They could care less of what the fans think.

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  1. Kaori Sugihara June 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    I strongly disagree with you, sannaNjali. If what you say is true, then why didn’t Shirow-san named her Jane Smith? Or why didn’t he give her some alphanumeric name? He named her Motoko Kusanagi because he is japanese and had a japanese woman in mind when he designed her. Period. Hollywood seems to think they have the right to “steal” anything they like and that’s exactly what happened here. What’s next? Leonardo DiCrapio playing an aztec emperor? Brad pitt playing Nelson Mandela? I’m japanese. But reach my price and I’ll play Nancy Reagan if you want. Contrary to what you people believe, anime characters are designed with the japanese public in mind. With the disgusting exception of Naruto.

  2. sannaNjali April 15, 2017 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    This whole whitewash issue is overrated and ridiculous. Major is an android, how could it be possibly an asian or caucasian? Doesn’t make sense.. Hanka CEO is cast as caucasian, not japanese..’make men in his image..’ ring a bell?
    I repeat, Major is an android with a human brain or soul if you will, the body is manufactured, possibly stamped made in Tokyo.

  3. Simon Rochelle November 13, 2016 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Seems a little lame accusing Hollywood of putting Hollywood actors in its films. Personally I would of watched it regardless of who they put in the lead. Heck, they could of cast a male character instead. I watch it for the story and tale it tells.

  4. YabanJim April 23, 2016 at 8:57 am - Reply

    “I do not just blame the studios but I’m sure Scarlett Johansson knew what she was doing when she took the role, money talks in Hollywood.”

    I dont do think its right to blame Scarlett. Hollywood works with the “star system”. The studios only hand out big budgets when a big name in the cast promise to draw many people into the cinemas. Without someone at Scarletts level the GITS-movie wouldn’t be realize. Its Hollywoods own trap.

    • Rahieme McLaurin April 23, 2016 at 1:48 pm Reply

      No one is blaming ScarJo for the movie being made but by accepting the role she is going along with the problem. A big name in the cast does not guarantee success of or draw more people to a project. That has been proven in the last 20 years by such box office bombs as, Aloha, Green Lantern, Ali, Battleship, Cowboys & Aliens, The Astronaut’s Wife, The Lone Ranger and the list goes on. Some of these movies and a few that I haven’t mentioned have had issues with “whitewashing” a character with no financial success to gain from it. The popularity and financial success of a movie is based on the movies quality and not who stars in it. A successful GITS movie could be made with a Japanese actress and until actors start talking out about this issue it’s just going to continue.

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