So, the new trailer for The Lone Ranger
arrived yesterday sparking a good amount of discussion around these parts around the issue of racial stereotyping, particularly where the character of Tonto is concerned. Well, here's a little something to take your mind off of that particular film because upcoming Dutch comedy Ushi Must Marry
is here to demonstrate that while they may not be able to rival Hollywood budgets there are other areas where they've got the big studios beat, no problem.
Yep, this is a movie that seemingly exists solely so that audiences can laugh at Wendy Van Dijk donning a wig and riffing on and most flagrant Japanese stereotypes possible as the titular Ushi Hirosaki. It's a part Van Dijk created for a series of stunts on Dutch television in which she posed as a TV Tokyo reporter to goon visiting celebrities - raising the obvious question of why pretending to be a Japanese person acting like an idiot is funnier than being a Dutch person acting like an idiot - but there's not even the pretense that the joke is on the celebrities in this feature outing. This is pure, "Hey, look! Japanese people are wacky
!" as played out by someone very definitely not Japanese.
Could there be more to it? Could there be some Borat
level social satire here? Maybe, but I don't see it. And, speaking as someone who has actually been to Kazakhstan post-Borat
let's just say the joke isn't considered very funny there.
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