Racial Diversity in Film

Being one of my year-round favorite movies, I’ll be taking a look at Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill.

Though the main character of the film played by Uma Thurman is a blue-eyed blonde, the rest of the cast is relatively diverse. With a significant portion of the film’s plot involving Tokyo and the Yakuza, dozens of Japanese actors were cast as gangsters in positions of power. In one scene Lucy Liu’s character, O-Ren Ishii, even comments on the discrimination she faced as a half-Japanese, half-Chinese-American woman. Another noteworthy example of diversity are the members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DVAS). Though three of the five DVAS members are white, O-Ren Ishii and Vernita Green (played by Vivica A. Fox) are two characters who give the heroine a run for her money.
On the other hand, these characters of color are both killed in the movie’s first volume. In Kill Bill Vol.2, there wasn’t much racial diversity at all. I may have to give the films another go, this time with diversity on my mind.

4 out of the 5 members of DVAS


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