The new movie 'Ghost in the Shell' has been whitewashed for Western audiences by casting Scarlett Johansson as the main, originally Japanese, character, argues Touissant Egan of Complex. In addition to squeezing the manga series’ intricate plot into a single movie, Egan criticizes the movie’s producers for stripping the distinct Japanese nature from the film by making the cyborg white rather than Japanese. The story’s harrowing conclusion has been contorted to fit Johansson’s casting.
(Spoiler ahead) In 'Ghost in the Shell,' the incorporation of a white cyborg with the mind of a Japanese girl theoretically fits the manga’s concept seamlessly, argues Moviepilot’s David Opie. He points out that even the director of the 1995 animated 'Ghost in the Shell' defended casting a white protagonist. Opie also contends that casting a Japanese person in Scarlett Johansson's place would have numbed the profound ending and that director Rupert Sanders is breaking down racial barriers with this revision.