Lee Byung Heon, NOT a Hollywood ninja
Hm, maybe there’s hope after all.
Prominent Hallyu star Lee Byung Heon is also gearing up for his Hollywood debut in the film G.I. Joe, in which he was cast as a Japanese ninja. But before you can gripe, “What the fuck, Hollywood?” — the role has been amended to that of a Korean warrior instead. A source explained that the role had been written as a Japanese ninja (the script includes one Western warrior, one Eastern), but at the time of casting, the primary condition on Lee Byung Heon’s side was that the character be altered to a Korean one.
Not meaning to sound excessively ethnocentric, which is unlikely of me since (1) I’m 100% American, although my Korean background is important to me, and (2) I’m incredibly critical of many things Korean, not least the Korean tendency to overdo the nationalistic pride bit. But can I say that this move — although it probably seems so minor on the surface — gives me a tiny bit of hope amidst the skepticism (and there’s plenty of that, too). I don’t expect all of America or the Western world to know much or even care about the nuances of Korean culture, but a little respect is always appreciated. The reason many Koreans knee-jerk in excessive patriotism is, in my opinion, largely because we’ve/they’ve been required to demand respect, so little has it been freely given.
And I’ve done enough race-related ranting this week so I’ll leave it there.
Lee Byung Heon’s Hollywood debut is actually twofold — he also appears with Josh Hartnett (so pretty, so dull) in I Come With the Rain, and with Sienna Miller (ditto on the pretty-dull combo) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (cute! and so talented) in G.I. Joe.
(What do you think? Is there hope for Rain, too?)
SONG OF THE DAY
Epik High – “Love Love Love.” I know, I know. It’s Valentine’s Day — how obvious, right? Well, nobody could ever accuse Valentine’s Day of subtlety, so what the hell. [ Download ]
Eternal Morning – “Love Is.” I’m still struck with how similar-yet-totally-different both groups (Epik High and Eternal Morning) are, which I suppose is a credit to Tablo’s contribution to both. [ Download ]