by Latoya Peterson
Randomly watching TV, I was shocked to see this ad for The Warrior’s Way:
Wait a minute – that was an Asian male lead. Who has a love interest. That he kisses. And she’s white!
There are a couple different reasons why this is remarkable.
One, in many American made films, the Asian guy is supposed to be the sidekick – even if they happen to be in the lead role. Therefore, no need for a love interest, much less one that reciprocates his feelings.
Two, we have an interracial couple kissing on screen in the promotional marketing material . This should not be a rare sight in 2010. Yet, here we are.
Not sure how I feel about the East meets West plot construction – this could be a really awesome, somewhat subversive way to acknowledge that there were more people in the American West than just outlaw settlers. Or it could play right into the stranger from a far away land cliche. The flying ninjas invasion scene makes me lean toward the latter, unfortunately.
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