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


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

Hong Kong International Film Festival 2014

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Eriko Hatsune


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.



Chris McCall

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