Matoko: Asian Ghost. Mira: The White Shell. In the movie, it’s revealed that Mira (or The Major) was in fact, Matoko, before the mind-to-body transfer. Matoko was an Asian runaway girl who was kidnapped by Hanka units, along with several other runaway children of Japanese heritage. After destroying her body, extracting her mind, and injecting it with false memories give her motivation to fight terrorists, Matoko was given the body of that of a white woman.
Prior to that reveal however, Mira runs into an older Asian lady. The lady welcomes Mira in her house, offering tea. As the lady and Mira speaks, the lady remarks that Mria’s body language and verbal tones reminds her of her dead daughter, Matoko. It’s incredibly eerie to the woman.
Anyway, While I’m happy Matoko wasn’t “white washed” (completely), the scene made me think: Was this all social commentary on the white washing of iconic ethic characters? You have Matoko, an Asian woman inside the cybernetic body of a white woman.
Matoko/The Major, an Asian anime character (we assumed), is portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, an white actress.
In a sense, it’s meta. Film Matoko is Asian but why is she in a white body? Why are iconic anime characters of Japanese descent are being portrayed by White actors in Hollywood.
It’s probably not that deep or meta. Hell, perhaps they changed things around to cover up any edvidances of white washing. Perhaps this was just all apart of the plan.
These were just merely thoughts I played around with at 2 in the morning when I had nothing better to do but to overthink an action film based on a comic book.
DISCLAIMER: I’m Black. Not Asian. I don’t speak for Asian-Americans, Asians, or all people of color. White washing is an issue in American films. I am not okay with it. We all have different views on this shit.
(Gotta get that shit outta the way before people SJWs tumblrinas get mad or 4channers think I’ll support their bullshit I already got people mad at me on Facebook lmfao)