Brad Pitt’s action-comedy Bullet Train will hit theatres in India

Directed by David Leitch, the film is based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle by Kotaro Isaka

Bullet Train stars Brad Pitt, Joey King and Sandra Bullock among other

Bullet Train stars Brad Pitt, Joey King and Sandra Bullock among other

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<!– –> PTI <!– –>   |   <!– –> New Delhi <!– –>   |   Published 03.06.22, 02:39 PM

Hollywood actor Brad Pitt’s upcoming action-comedy film Bullet Train will hit Indian theatres on August 5, Sony Pictures Entertainment India announced on Wednesday. 

The film will release in four Indian languages – English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.

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Directed by David Leitch, who is known for action films such as Deadpool 2 and Hobbs & Shaw, this Brad Pitt-starrer is based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle by Kotaro Isaka.

Pitt plays Ladybug in the film, a seasoned assassin who wishes to retire but is persuaded to return by his superviser Maria Beetle in order to retrieve a briefcase on a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto. Once onboard, he and the other assassins realise that their goals are all intertwined.

Alongside Brad Pitt, Bullet Train stars Joey King, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Logan Lerman, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Bad Bunny, Hiroyuki Sanada and Sandra Bullock. It was originally planned to be an R-rated action film but during development, the movie morphed into an R-rated comedy.

The casting of non-Asian actors in the film prompted accusations of whitewashing as their characters were Japanese in the original novel. While the American adaptation would have been appropriate if the location had been altered to the United States, critics pointed out that the filmmakers chose to preserve the novel’s Japanese setting while keeping Japanese characters in the background, leading to accusations of “whitewashing”. 

They also questioned the actors’ commitment to the Asian community by accepting whitewashed roles, and they criticised the film for perpetuating the myth that Asian actors in leading roles can’t carry a blockbuster, despite the recent success of Asian-led films like Crazy Rich Asians and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock co-starred in The Lost City, which was released earlier this year.

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