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'Cloud Atlas' slammed for lack of Asian actors

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Cloud Atlas has been criticised for its lack of Asian actors.

The upcoming film from Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer has come under fire from the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) for the decision to cast white and black actors as Asians.

Clout Atlas: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry
Clout Atlas: Doona Bae and Jim Sturgess.


The section of the film set in South Korea in 2144 features Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, James D'Arcy and Keith David wearing prosthetic make-up.

"Cloud Atlas missed a great opportunity," said MANAA founder and president Guy Aoki in a statement. "The Korea story's protagonist is an Asian man - an action hero who defies the odds and holds off armies of attackers.

"He's the one who liberates [a clone played by actress] Doona Bae from her repressive life and encourages her to join the resistance against the government.

"It would have been a great, stereotype-busting role for an Asian American actor to play, as Asian American men aren't allowed to be dynamic or heroic very often."

He continued: "It appears that to turn white and black actors into Asian characters, the make-up artists believed they only had to change their eyes, not their facial structure and complexion."

'Cloud Atlas' still


Star Tom Hanks has said that Cloud Atlas is "original, creative and makes you think".

The film, which is based on David Mitchell's bestselling 2004 novel, also stars Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Susan Sarandon.

Cloud Atlas will open in the US on Friday, October 26, 2012 and in the UK on February 22, 2013.

Watch a featurette on the film below:

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