The movie adoption of the same-named novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, opens in Japan very soon. In Japan, the movie will run under the Japanese title, Sayuri. Although I have not read the book, I am definitely go to see the movie. I really like the work of Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Batman).
It appears that the Japanese press are playing up the fact that many Japanese people are unhappy with the main leading role going to a Chinese. WTF??? Why not hire the most talented person to play the role? If there were no Japanese actresses who could assume the role, what other choices did the movie studio have? Hire a white person? C'mon let's get real here.
People who are getting 'bent out of shape' over the roles taken by Chinese or Malay actors should get a reality check. Those people who do not like the fact that foreign nationals are playing Japanese roles should either boycott the movie or 'put their money together and produce their own version' of the movie with Japanese actors.
I cannot believe that the Japanese media are making a big deal out of it. Just another reason to doubt the sincerity of the press. Are they intentionally fanning the flames of xenophobia? Or are they trying to best show their own biases? Racism?