I had originally submitted a story of my own that took place during that same period, but it was rejected. Fortunately, Jeff ( who is the editor-in-chief of the book ) had written DRIVING STEEL, but there was no artist assigned to it, so I was able to step in. I had already done quite a bit of research on that time and setting, so I'm glad it was not wasted.
I'm still planning to do my own Chinese western at some later date. I always thought it would be a great idea to do something akin to Bruce Lee
's original television concept The Warrior
, ( a whitewashed version of which would later become Kung Fu
) in comic book form.
We're nearly a decade into the 21st century, we've just elected the first African-American president, yet the makers of this film still believe that audiences can't handle the idea of actual Asian actors portraying Asians and would rather see caucasians playing Asians. It's based on the mistaken belief that people won't buy tickets with Asian faces in the lead roles. This is complete and blatant discrimination against actors of Asian ancestry. In no other profession would this complete and blatant discrimination against actors of Asian ancestry be tolerated.
The filmmakers can try to hide behind a claim of artistic interpretation, but if you look at the source material, the race of the characters is obvious. It's hard to believe that there were absolutely no qualified Asian actors for the roles. We always hear Asian actors talk about the lack of roles for Asians, and when there are roles, they are given to caucasians or the roles are altered to accommodate caucasian actors
. This type of casting discrimination needs to end. Write a letter to the makers of this film to show your disapproval. More on this subject can be found here