Tomorrow When the War Began’s Invaders Will be Asians

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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  • Casey_ace

    It's just a rip off of Red Dawn

  • Fred Dawes

    If the chinese government can stop a movie from coming out in the USA How much power can that government have over Americans? this movie maybe telling us all about our future?

  • Brianbarry

    flying monkeys. So you think they are indians then

  • Aussie

    Please note:
    1. It is NOT a ripoff of “Red Dawn” <indeed I have never heard of this red-dawn before now & had 2 imdb / google it>. – it is an adaptation of a series by Australian author John Marsden. <http://www.johnmarsden.com.au/home.html>

    2. there is no mention of the politics (ie. thay are NOT given as communists)/ origin of the enemy in the books and indeed this is not essential to the story.

    3. The supposed military capacity of the invaders + the lack of suitable bases means that no real country could launch the kind of invasion depicted in the books.

    4. @fred if this movie is telling you about the future, it means that America will abandon the anzus treaty and not come to Australia's aid if it ever gets invaded.
    if this is the case, why are we wasting time in Iraq and Afghanistan?

  • Laura

    I don’t get all this racist crap. its not racist- it is logical- and even though John Marseden never specified the race of the invaders in the book, I think that there has always been much speculation that the invaders were of asian ethnicity. If any country were to attack Australia, it would most likely be an asian nation to do so- not european, not american, not african and I don’t think anybody else in thw world.

  • Laura

    I don’t get all this racist crap. its not racist- it is logical- and even though John Marseden never specified the race of the invaders in the book, I think that there has always been much speculation that the invaders were of asian ethnicity. If any country were to attack Australia, it would most likely be an asian nation to do so- not european, not american, not african and I don’t think anybody else in thw world.

  • KnightDragul

    Why is it racist to have asian soldiers in a war movie? It wasn’t racist to have them in Pearl Harbour, wasn’t racist in Empire of the Sun or Bridge Over River Kwai, Saving Private Ryan had German soldiers in it did they scream ‘Hey thats racist! We actually had a number of different countries fighting along with/under us.’? No, it seems today the only exceptable bad guy in movies is the caucasian one raised in the corrupt, godless & lawless western world.

  • Jeffyoung1

    Let’s throw everybody a curve ball. Show the invaders as Asian men in Red Chinese military camouflage uniforms with AKM-type assault rifles. But then have all of them speaking fluent English as if they’re all 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc, generation Asian-Americans from the U.S. West Coast. I’ll bet that will bewilder the heck out of everyone watching the movie while satisfying everyone as to the logical identity of the invaders, maintaining political correctness, and avoiding having to use English subtitles when the invaders speak.

  • Another bl__dy Aussie

    Well, I think they did OK just referring to them simply as “the coalition”. Could be anyone and you don’t get a look at a flag nor hear a particular language being spoken. One of the characters even makes a reference basically saying “Who cares who it is? They’re here!”. @Aussie: too right – in that series of books, the USA never makes an appearance to come and help… so if anyone should be offended, it should be Americans for the film’s implication that they would bail on the ANZUS treaty!

    • John

      Exactly. I am offended by that implication, and also the post above saying it was Americans that invaded. Utterly ludicrous. There is no way under any circumstances the US would sit idly by.

  • Yagamoochi

    If they wear skullcaps they will definitely succeed as an internet movie.