Look up 'Kusanagi' on Wikipedia. I would be EXTREMELY surprised if you'd find many people in Japan who wre born with that name.
In the source material, it's an assumed / appropriated name given to the character, just like her body is given to her. Seeing folks all over social media saying 'she should be played by a Japanese actress if she has a Japanese name' has been a MASSIVE source of irritation to me.
As always, though, not saying this to get on anyone's case. Just trying to put accurate info out there.
a Japanese word
, though. It's also part of Japanese lore, so we can add cultural
appropriation to the movie's transgressions
Given that manga/anime characters are often mukokuseki
, a biracial
actor in the lead role have been more appropriate than someone Japanese. In the late '90s/early Naughties, THE MATRIX was a mid-budget film (albeit high-end). Keanu's name by itself hadn't carried a commercial success since SPEED but unlike, say, Maggie Q he was at least a known quantity (bolstered by various ensemble pieces), despite a series of flops prior to THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE.
And that's the problem. Factoring in the additional expense of prints and advertising, there isn't a biracial female actor who's considered bankable enough to justify GHOST IN THE SHELL not
being allocated a blockbuster's budget.