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‘But, why?’ Japanese and Western fans react to 'your name.' getting Hollywood remake

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“Kimi no Nawa.” ("your name."), the No. 4 top-grossing movie of all time in Japan, will be remade into a live action Hollywood movie — and fans, so far, have reacted in both horror and intrigue.

Last Thursday, it was announced that the anime film, which became a household name among anime and non-anime fans alike in 2016, will be directed and co-produced by none other than JJ Abrams. The announcement is already causing controversy among fans. To many, Hollywood has a god-awful reputation when it comes to doing justice in recreating Asian works and utilizing Asian actors.

Last month, the director of Netflix’s movie remake of Japan’s “Death Note” shut down his Twitter account, and the reason was thought to be linked to the backlash received from the remake. That including complaints about changing the ethnicities of the originally Japanese cast of characters. Other films like Scarlett Johansson’s “Ghost in the Shell” have received a similar backlash.

The Hollywood version of "your name." will be a joint production between Toho, the film's........

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