White Man Saves China

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    Matt Damon saves China from dragons in 'The Great Wall'

    It turns out the Great Wall of China was erected to keep out dragons. Behold, the trailer for The Great Wall, a fantasy action monster movie about an epic battle against dragons in ancient China... starring Matt Damon. Yes, a thousand years ago, Jason Friggin' Bourne saved the Chinese from dragons.

    Directed by Zhang Yimou, and touted as the most expensive Chinese movie of all time, the movie stars a long-haired Matt Damon alongside Chinese superstars like Andy Lau, Luhan and Jing Tian, in a crazy-ass smoke and spears and fire and arrows battle on the Great Wall against fire-breathing dragons.

    This looks as ridiculous as it sounds.

    Well, what is there to say? It's the latest movie in the grand cinematic tradition of the Special White Person.

    It should be noted that this movie was made with Chinese money, and is the work of one of the most celebrated Chinese directors. But it's definitely a Hollywood blockbuster, written by Hollywood screenwriters, in English.

    "First and foremost, this is an English-language film, and a Hollywood blockbuster," Zhang tells Entertainment Weekly. "It was already very clear in the script phase." And a Hollywood blockbuster needs a white guy.

    And so, Matt Damon. As we've said many times before, and we'll say again and again -- say it, all together now -- you can set a story anywhere in the world, in any era of history, and Hollywood will still somehow find a way for the movie to star a white guy. You can count on it.

    The Great Wall opens in theaters on February 17, 2017.
     
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    Even though I understand the "why", that doesn't mean I have to like it.
     
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    "What were they trying to keep out?"

    But did you notice the color of the Dragon?
     
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    I just made their connection between their tag line and Trump. Lol. also, can't dragons just fly over the wall? It's not that tall. Or the dragons just do like the Germans did with the French Marginot Line and go around it?

    Yeah won't be watching this one even on Netflix reruns, I'd rather just watch an old Tsui Hark/Jet Li or Donnie Yen production. They didn't feel the need to apologize or financially suck up to any potential non-Chinese audiences in the 90s. "Fist of Legend" deals straight up with early 20th Century Japanese imperialism in China, as well as British/U.S. white colonialism and assimilation in the "Once Upon a Time in China" series. Like this scene where Jet Li smacks the shit out of Tommy Davidson in the opening seconds
     
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    It seems for the Chinese you can't go wrong with white.
     
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    This really is ridiculous. They might as well make some movie about some African tribal wars 1000 years ago, or some lovestory set in southern India 1500 years ago, starring of course, Matt Damon. *sigh*

    Someone needs to make some Viking saga starring Will Smith or something. Will Smith as a Viking King or something.
     
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    Im sooo tired of this violin, I don't even have the energy to keep trippin over it. Hollywood is a white man's playground.
     
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