HOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – “Thank you so much for all the impassioned comments regarding the casting of the wonderful Emma Stone in the part of Allison Ng. I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice.”
With those words, ‘Aloha’ director Cameron Crowe appealed to everyone to move onfrom their disappointment that the Ng character in his film wasn’t played by an Asian American actress.
To prove that his apology was sincere, Cameron announced that a sequel to ‘Aloha’ will start filming in Hawaii next month. It will be titled ‘Kilauea.’ The story of the sequel picks up from where ‘Aloha’ left off.
Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) and Allison Ng (Stone) get married and spend their honeymoon in Hawaii’s Big Island. On the second day of their honeymoon, a major eruption of Kilauea volcano happens, burying the entire resort in which the newly-weds were staying. Only three people in the resort manage to survive the extreme lava flow and fires that ensue: Gilcrest, Ng and Aloha Yamamoto, a half-Japanese and half-Hawaiian who was in Kilauea taking a short vacation from her job as a paramedic in Honolulu.
The events that follow lead to a complicated romantic triage among the film’s main characters.
Cameron expressed confidence that none of the casting controversy in ‘Aloha’ will haunt ‘Kilauea.’
The role of Yamamoto will be played by Korean American film and television actress Sandra Oh.
HOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – One of the biggest criticism about the newly-released film, ‘Aloha,’ is the casting of Emma Stone as a ‘hapa,’ a Hawaiian term that refers to someone who is of mixed heritage.
Stone plays the role of Allison Ng (pronounced ‘ING’), a U.S. Air Force pilot who is a quarter Chinese, a quarter Hawaiian, and a quarter Swedish. (Stone, in real life, is part Swedish.)
Asian American groups have protested the fact that the character was not played by an actress of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage.
The film’s director, Cameron Crowe (‘Jerry McGuire’) maintained that because of her Swedish heritage, Stone was a perfect fit for the role.
Critics, however, continue to be puzzled by a missing link to the character of Allison Ng. “If Ng is supposed to be a quarter Chinese, a quarter Hawaiian, and a quarter Swedish, what race or ethnicity is the remainding quarter? ” the critics asked.
Crowe could not give a response and referred media questions to the film’s writer.