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While yellowface is problematic, since the reason for it in Cloud Atlas was visual shorthand of the plot point that the same group of souls was encountering each other in each successive lifetime I give them a pass.

They definitely did a much better job turning Bae Doo-Na into a Mexican-American and African-American than they did with turing the English and American actors into Koreans*, though.

*Except for turning Halle Berry into a Korean man, that is.

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DensityDuck said on December 31st, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Incidentally, did it actually work? In Cloud Atlas, that is, having actors wear makeup to make them look like the ethnicity their character was supposed to be.

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The white guys, not so much. The women, however? The makeup people did an amazing job of changing their ethnicities and genders.

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