racechanging: various tribal characters

Various tribal characters

This section features actresses playing ‘primitive’ or ‘tribal’ characters. Generally such ‘native’ characters have been even more likely to be caricatures or stereotypical than other blackface characters.

Not all the actresses here are ‘white’ but they generally portraying a significantly different ethnicity to their own (eg Jessica Alba, of Mexican-French-Danish descent, playing a Dayak girl in The Sleeping Dictionary).

The movies & TV shows

The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011): This was the second remake of Dragon Gate Inn (1966) and was also the first wuxia film shot in 3D. It featured Lun Mei Gwei, with darkened skin and facial tattoos, as a Tribal princess. Fung-Yin Cheng was the makeup artist.