I've been off from work all week, and I've taking the opportunity to watch a sh*t-ton of awful movies on Netflix. Recently, I've been watching Chinese kung fu movies with Donnie Yen, who's a spiritual successor of sorts to Bruce Lee (same fighting style, plays the same character in a sequel to one of Lee's movies, etc.). The movies are mediocre, mostly due to sins committed in the editing room, but there's been one thing that really stuck out for me: the overwhelming amount of xenophobia in every movie against the Japanese, English and Americans. In every movie, the Japanese are depicted as imperialist, arrogant pricks, and the English and Americans are always cowards, blowhards, and complicit with the evil Japanese plot.
I'm trying to think of the Hollywood equivalents to these flicks (Bruce Willis movies?), and whether or not they're laced with American xenophobia as well. Try as I might, I just can't find it. I don't know if it's there and I just don't notice it, if I'm not seeing the right movies, or if the Chinese are really that sh*tty at the other world superpowers.