earlier this year i was at Jar having an excellent dinner with some friends/family when the topic of asians in the media came up. our party included people “in the industry” whose opinions are definitely noteworthy. my ears perked up when that guy “Rain” was mentioned because j thinks he is cool and i loved speed racer. i was told, based on early footage, that “ninja assasin” had the potential to be a breakout hit. now we all know that asian males have had lead roles in hollywood …. in martial arts flicks just like this one. have asian males finally accumulated enough cultural cachet in the west to be filmed in other types of lead roles? john cho may not be alone for long!