Tomorrow When the War Began’s Invaders Will be Asians

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We already told you about China’s not-so positive reaction to being villains in the upcoming “Red Dawn” remake, which posits China and Russia tag-teaming an invasion of U.S. soil. But there’s one movie that didn’t show up in the article that the Chinese (and other sensitive Asian nations) may end up having a problem with, too: the Australian-based, Australian-set, and Australian-made “Tomorrow, When the War Began”.

Although the original books by writer John Marsden never gave the invaders in the story an identity or indeed country of origin, the movie will be forced to do so, since, well, you’ll actually have to see the invaders, after all, and it’ll be kind of silly to have them look like some rainbow coalition.

According to writer/director Stuart Beattie (via DH), there’s just no way around it, and while he won’t name the country of origin, the race will be obvious:

“I don’t want to be a hater of any country – and I don’t want the movie to be about that. If I named a country, it wouldn’t be that book; it would be something else entirely. What the book and the movie are about is these eight teenagers and what happens to them when their country is invaded, not who’s doing it or why.

The ethnicity just makes common sense. If anyone is going to invade Australia, it’s not going to be Europe, and it’s not going to be Africa. It won’t be Antarctica or New Zealand. It’s going to be someone in Asia. It’s the logical thing. It’s common sense enough for an audience to say ‘ok, that’s who it would be’.”.

Of course, Stuart is hoping that “common sense” will save the day. As we all know by now, political correctness is far more powerful than some silly ol notion of common sense, especially in Hollywood, or any movie industry for that matter.

See, it’s so much easier to just make your invaders aliens. No one cares about little green men being vilified.

“Tomorrow, When the War Began”, starring Caitlin Stasey as teen guerrilla fighter Ellie Linton, invades Australian theaters September 2. This is the first of a planned trilogy, but of course, that will depend entirely on the film’s box office returns.

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  • bemused

    Interesting to see that the racism allegations are only coming out now that “Tomorrow, When the War Began” is being made into a movie (what took you so long, the books this movie is based on have been out for well over a decade!) and that the people making them aren't, I don't think, from the countries that will be implicated as the villains. Seems to me like someone is just trying to stir up a bit of controversy.

  • sailor_yell

    lol @ Hollywood political correctness. Yeah, if you call having token minorities politically correct.

    Everyday I'm more and more convinced that the vilification of “politically correct” is just a license to be insensitive (often racist) jerks.

    That you expect racism served on a shiny silver platter labeled “logic” will be pacifying is insulting to your viewers.

    (I mean…it's not like Europeans can even get to Australia, right?)

  • bemused

    Interesting to see that the racism allegations are only coming out now that “Tomorrow, When the War Began” is being made into a movie (what took you so long, the books this movie is based on have been out for well over a decade!) and that the people making them aren't, I don't think, from the countries that will be implicated as the villains. Seems to me like someone is just trying to stir up a bit of controversy.

  • sailor_yell

    lol @ Hollywood political correctness. Yeah, if you call having token minorities politically correct.

    Everyday I'm more and more convinced that the vilification of “politically correct” is just a license to be insensitive (often racist) jerks.

    That you expect racism served on a shiny silver platter labeled “logic” will be pacifying is insulting to your viewers.

    (I mean…it's not like Europeans can even get to Australia, right?)

  • Tedc114

    Oh please, stop with the “racist” nonsense. History teaches that great powers take what they need from weaker powers, often by military force. Like it or not, Australia is sparsely-populated, has a weak military, and of late has become China's coal mine. It is not at all unreasonable, and certainly not racist, to envision a day when China decides to act in its own interest and “annex” Australia.

  • ErickKwon

    Let's be honest: the Chinese are the easy guys to villainize. The Russians aren't doing much outside their borders, Americans are fighting in the Persian Gulf, and if you imply that Muslim terrorists are behind anything, you're a tool of Israeli Zionists and the Imperial American Empire. So between this and the “Red Dawn” remake, it's easy to buy into a story where Red China wages war on its biggest business partners.

  • ele

    The invaders are clearly Americans… that is the most likely scenario

    • Jen

      Read the book and you’ll know that it can’t be the Americans, because the invaders have warned America not to intervene.

  • ce

    List them as North Koreans. Nobody will complain except the North Koreans about that.

    • John

      LOL North Koreans can’t complain they can’t even leave their country they won’t even know its happening only Kim Jong Il will know… And his threatening to start a war as we speak :|

  • RetarDo

    yeah…and besides, we all know that is where the flying mokeys come from in “The Wizard of Oz”…makes them real easy to vilify them….

  • not so bemused

    As stated in the article, the books never mentioned the ethnicity of the invaders thus avoiding any racial controversy. Things such as race connot, however, be censured in a visual text and therefore it is essential that the director select a certain race for the invaders. I don't think this is an attempt at creating controversy. There has been much demand for these books to be made into movies. It just makes sense to do so.