The Asian Guard in Soylent Green and other images

I’ve always seen Soylent Green in pieces, never straight from beginning to end. I knew the ending already and I remember the scenes of mass overpopulation. It was great finally watching it and I enjoyed the gritty performance by Charlton Heston. The future is dark and ominous. Crowded cities, riot police, lack of water, food as soylent nutrients. Even without CG, this seemed a much more stirring and bleak future than the ones in films these days that look like variations on the bleakness first established in Blade Runner. I sometimes wonder how different futuristic movies would be now if Blade Runner had never been made. Soylent Green is a great film and I took a couple screenshots as a visual canvas for some of the moments I enjoyed in the first third of the film. As I did, I couldn’t help but notice there was an Asian guard on top of the stair case in Heston’s apartment. I also noticed an Asian woman standing in line, an Asian woman as “furniture,” and an Asian man in the Soylent Green line. This is a film that shows that there is equality in the races, but not the kind we’d like to idealize. Instead, equalized misery.

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