Blade Runner 2.0

Often, how a movie is reviewed says more about the reviewers than the movie itself. For example, the usual suspects are raving about Chocolate Charlie and the Wakanda Factory for all the obvious reasons. Rotten Tomatoes is literally enforcing a zero tolerance rule for reviews. Love it or else. You can be sure every reviewer will praise the movie as the next Star Wars, for fear of reprisal. Everything around the movie appears to be designed to confirm everything said about the modern age by the Dissident Right.

The new Blade Runner is not a social statement, but the reception does say something about the people who love it. I’m specifically talking about the alt-right, which has embraced the movie. The film critics generally liked it, because it is an extremely well done science fiction movie that is made for adults. Most of what passes for sci-fi these days is either made for kids, like Star Wars, or it is just not well done. The new Blade Runner is an exception, so the reviewers seemed to like it on artistic grounds.

Knowing that the alt-right embraced the movie, I watched it the other night expecting to see some pro-white subliminal messaging, but it is just a good movie. In fact, it is better than I expected, in terms of the video presentation. Like everyone, I’m conditioned to expect whiz-bang special effects in everything now. The cool thing about this movie is the special effects don’t impress you so much as convince you. The look and feel of the movie goes a long way toward transporting you to this alternative reality.

Remakes, of course, are usually terrible. The filming is updated, the story and characters are downgraded for stupid people. This is an exception. It is a movie for people who like thinking about the meaning of certain aspects of the story and discussing the overall significance of the tale. The original Blade Runner was like that too. It was a plot driven action story, but in the end, you thought about what Harrison Ford’s character had gone through and what it meant. It was a movie about what it meant to be human.

The remake is similarly a contemplation of what it is that makes us human. Unlike the first one, this version operates under the assumption that the audience is aware of the robot revolution going on just out of sight. In the first movie, Harrison Ford was a human charged with hunting replicants that had gone bad. In this one, Ryan Gosling is a replicant, a new model, who is designed to hunt down defective replicants. Like the first movie, this movie starts with our hero being set off on journey that will reveal himself to himself.

The thing about this movie, something you only ever notice these days when it is missing, is it is devoid of the sort of casual degeneracy we always see in pop culture. There are no 20-minute, soft-core porn sex scenes. There’s no grand chase where half the world explodes. That’s the thing about modern movies. They rarely treat the audience like an adult. It is assumed that everything has to be explained, the ending must be positive and, like horny teenagers, the audience demands extended sex scenes set to bad music.

That does not mean it is not a modern film. The original Blade Runner would not hold a modern audience, because of the slow pace and lack of plot spoilers. This film makes sure to keep the story moving. That’s to be expected. In this age, all of us have lower attention spans, mostly due to being bombarded by mass media. No one these days has the patience to let a story unfold. The new Blade Runner does just enough to keep an adult audience, with a three-digit IQ, interested in what’s happening on screen.

Now, the reason the movie is popular with the alt-right. It is entirely possible, if you are a young person seeing this film, that it is the first movie you have seen that is not overtly anti-white. Older people remember when movies were made to be good and would avoid celebrating multiculturalism. This movie does exactly that. It has white men acting like white men, not foils for the magic negro or as sidekick to the female star. In fact, the only black guy in the movie is a minor character who has a small role in the story.

The other big reason the movie is popular with the alt-right is the central message of the movie. If you hate spoilers, then look away at this point. The thing our hero in the movie learns is that being human is about making copies of yourself with another human. It is not what you do or how you feel. It is that ability to make more people who look like you that makes you human. Not even God can do that, or at least the character who imagines himself as God in the film. It also means you are who made you. That’s your identity.

That’s also what makes it work as a great sci-fi movie. This central question that gets resolved in the film is not in your face. Most movies with a message beat the audience over the head. That’s bad film making. Blade Runner lets you enjoy the story arc of the characters and when you get to that final denouement, it all makes sense. It’s not perfect and I think the ending could have been much better, but you don’t come away feeling like you just spent two hours in diversity training either. It’s a well told story.

One final thought on the alt-right angle. I’ve written before that the alt-right are romantics, but updated for the current age. Theirs is not a nostalgia for a forgotten era or just a rejection of the sterile, materialistic present. There is some of that, but it is more of a nostalgia for a future that will never come. There is a temporal disjunction in the way the alt-right frames the world. They talk about the 1950’s, for example, not as an ideal, but as the start of a descent down the wrong path that has led to this bad current.

In Blade Runner, that aesthetic is on display. The movie picks up where the old one left off and imagines how that world evolved. You get the sense that everyone in the movie wished the past had never happened, which is why the replicants are implanted with fake memories of a past that never happened. The movie seems to say that what happened was terrible and what comes next is not good either, but the green shoot, the bit of hope, is that fact that our people can make more copies of ourselves and make a different future.

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Daniel Svoboda
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As a millennial born in 1982, I was an avid movie junkie, going to the movies every Friday or Saturday. Some time around 2012-2014, I started going less and less, eventually stopping at 2014. It wasn’t the remakes or sequels that did it, though they did play a part. It was the increasing shrill PC material in any of the original movies. The movies I do see these days are original ones like these or ones where the PC content is dialed down (The Girl on the Train for example — a PC movie about men abusing women, but not… Read more »

Karl McHungus
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It’s a shame anything made before 1999 is inaccessible to young people/adults today. They simply cannot watch or listen to anything older than 10 years or so. Like they have no cultural memory. But maybe being cut off from the past will force them to make a new future that is better than it would have been…

Ben
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That specific type of nostalgia is probably best described as saudade.

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Ben: I learned a new word today, although I am not sure why “saudade” has its own Wiki page.

Blindman
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Sincere thanks for that.

Kentucky Headhunter
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“They talk about the 1950’s, for example, not as an ideal, but as the start of a descent down the wrong path that has led to this bad current.”

I really enjoyed many of Heinlein’s stories about interstellar space travel and moon colonies, etc. Even though very dated today, they speak about possibilities that are never going to happen now. We’re never going to have a real colony on the moon, let alone colonies on the other planets. Nope, we’re in a civilizational death spiral.

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Never is an even bigger word than If.

Equatorial continents can still be colonized along the previously used North American model.

We have all the parts of the equation except the will. This too will change, and when the tumblers all align it will occur again as it has before.
The same with walking on the moon. Happened once, will more than likely happen again. I just hope we get there by burning the homeless as fuel. Now That would be Progress!

NobodyImportant
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NobodyImportant

Did you miss the Falcon Heavy launch the other day? There will be Mars colony within 20 years.

A.B. Prosper
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Doubtful. The developed world will be fortunate not to be in ruins in a couple of decades

Also having a heavy rocket that is maybe reusable does not a colony or even an exploratory base make . Its small improvement on an old technology

We don’t even have tech that can get people to Mars without them basically dying of cancer nor can we get them back

The Space Future sorry to say is White and Analog and the real future isn’t .

Alzaebo
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Alzaebo

Werner Von Braun had one planned for 1984. The Moon colony was expected by 1975.

This was prevented.
Whites were the breakaways, escaping the nest.

NobodyImportant
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NobodyImportant

On the government dime, in the middle of a Cold War. There were lots of reasons why it didn’t happen.

SpaceX, Bigelow Areospace and the rest are private industry hell-bent on building settlements in space.

It’s not worth going into the details here when you can easily type a pithy response expressing a negative view. Go to Space Review online and dig deep.

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We are usually just multiculted to death anymore. Most of our type here are not their audience anymore. I asked my 20 year old niece what she watches and she said only Anime.

I really enjoyed the first Blade Runner, this one not so much but I still appreciated much that was offered. C+

On the rare time you watch a recently made movie and it doesn’t follow the diversity check list or have bad ass 110 pound women , you wonder how that got made. Who screwed up?

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As I remember the original, it, and apparently the new one, too, had the insidious subplot that eventually the Chinese inherit the Earth. The first Blade Runner implied that Western culture was doomed to be “assimilated” by Eastern culture. That was a precursor to “The future is brown and gay! Hooray!”

Drake
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Drake

I get the different movie versions mixed up with the book in my head now. I think in the back story was most of the useful people had already migrated off Earth. What was left was kind of a a waiting room of rejects.

Karl McHungus
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Karl McHungus

No, everyone who was not damaged by the pervasive pollution has moved off world. Only the rejects are left behind on Earth.

Tax Slave
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Tax Slave

Would white liberals please march down to the nearest ghetto and take a really sharp axe and chopping block with you? Then finally the rest of us can get on with civilization.

A.B. Prosper
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A.B. Prosper

Conservative people are going to have to make this happen Unless the Conservatives can find a way to get the gumption together to force people to behave properly, that is using government guns , the future belongs to the Left until in some decades maybe3, 5 maybe more society turns 3rd world The American Conservatives and I’m not counting you among their numbers typically are just yesterdays liberals and conserve nothing . The ones that aren’t are Libertarian Loons They all have to go and be replaced with an authoritarian Right willing to set by force moral standards and who… Read more »

Richter Rox
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Richter Rox

Humble brag, I made the automatic knife that offed Harrison and ryan . Other than that the movie was a touch to long.

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As a movie fan I do judge based on what I expect from a film. For example I have enjoyed some of the Marvel movies for what they are – film versions of comic books. As pointed out the problem today is that so many movies skew towards the “comic book” mentality there isn’t a lot else for the 3 digit IQ people to watch. Just like my sportsball though I don’t want to see anyone’s politics (right or left) preached in my entertainment choices.

Tim Newman
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The first hour and a half of the film was excellent. The visuals were stunning and the story builds slowly something, as you say, which is rare in blockbuster films these days. That said, it was too long, probably by half an hour. There were some scenes which could easily have been removed: the police chief turning up in K’s apartment drinking vodka, for example. The character of Wallace could probably have been dispensed with almost entirely, or his scenes cut down; they didn’t add any value for me. I don’t think they should have brought back Harrison Ford as… Read more »

NobodyImportant
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NobodyImportant

The police chief was in K’s apartment trying to get laid. K (subtly) turned her down. There’s a message there.

Tim Newman
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Incidentally, Altered Carbon is showing on Netflix now, and it’s pretty good. The author is a complete fanny though, calling himself a feminist, and this comes across in the second two books of the trilogy where the bad-ass hero spends half his time white-knighting for women. The book of Altered Carbon is great though, well worth a read.

Anonymous White Male
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Altered Carbon was a magic negro vehicle. The object of veneration for the main character was a negro female, his back-up guy was a negro married to a White woman, the negro’s daughter was eventually a badass that comes in at the end and saves the day, and there was a large number of orientals in the series. Fits perfectly with the converged diversity philosophy of Netflix.

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Oh, I do love reading Rotten Tomatoes when a new movie comes out. “Wonder Woman” being a relatively recent example of the 15% Social Justice Rule. It’s a B- movie with an A+ review score. We already had a better period-piece about a hero with a shield. The other one that springs to mind, since I have kids, is “Zootopia” which I think still is at 98% on RT. The movie is total garbage. PC effing multiculti garbage. My kids asked me to rent it because their friends at school said it was good. When the credits rolled, they asked… Read more »

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The interesting thing about Zootopia is the extreme effort it goes to avoid the movie that was not made. It comes right up against so many taboo subjects. In fact a lot of scenes were created following an early plot where all the predator species wear control collars to tame their aggression. Donning these collars has become a coming-of-age ritual among predators and there’s a scene where a young bear is having a party to celebrate his collaring that is just heartbreaking. Taming party: https://youtu.be/fJj1OkH-6Dw NIck’s tame collar: https://youtu.be/mnnVhvhHeNs It was some much stronger stuff that they were afraid to… Read more »

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As many people smarter than me have observed, political correctness is a war against noticing things. The final product goes to great lengths to ensure you don’t notice things. They’re there, if you have a sharp eye, but the final product largely attempts to blue pill you into compliance.

In any case, it certainly isn’t a 98% movie.

zreader
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Steve Sailer wrote a couple interesting blog posts about the production process Zootopia went through. The final movie is not the story the writers wanted to tell. Hints of that come through.

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I’ve not read his piece, but I can see how the writers were going for something more along the lines of “The Incredibles” which is very antiPC including a very Hillary Clintonesque feminist scold at the beginning.

Probably why all the hints about biology get swept under the rug. The truth is in there, but like everything in the PC world, it gets buried and blue pilled.

HInn
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“In the first movie, Harrison Ford was a human charged with hunting replicants that had gone bad.” Harrison Ford was a replicant, not a human. See the movie again and you’ll notice the clues (origamis, dialogues with Tyrell and Rachael, final scene with Batty, etc.). The key clue is the unicorn origami that matches the unicorn dream (implanted memory), but lots of other things fit once you get the point.

HInn
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See here for more details. I just realized that the director’s cut is clearer than the theatrical cut. Also, apparently Philip K. Dick wrote him as a human, the screenwriter thought it could go both ways, and Ridley Scott made him a replicant. So the story makes sense either way, although they are different stories depending on which way you go. https://www.quora.com/Was-Deckard-a-replicant-in-Blade-Runner

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Director’s Cut movies are just an exercise in self-indulgence.

Han shot first.

Karl McHungus
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Karl McHungus

That’s what Leia said (bitterly)!

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Ridley Scott did not cop to that story line of Deckard being a replicant until years later after all the over analysis of the fans.

Karl McHungus
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Karl McHungus

All that was “added in” via interpretation; i.e. the original movie had Deckard as a human. In the source story by PKD, Deckard is explicitly determined to be human.

BillH
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For some reason, reading that post made me appreciate more than ever that 125% of my three score and ten are behind me.

John Smith
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I am a simp that loves a good story. It doesn’t bother me to imagine Chocolate Charlie being an elite leader from an advanced race any more than it does for a white guy. Our swashbucklers and heroes overcame overwhelming strength and odds with the villainy – if Wonder Woman does the same and the gals are entertained I am fine with it. All I want is a STORY – something to take my mind off the day to day crap, something I can lose myself in for awhile. I think that’s all the alt-right types want too – entertainment.… Read more »

Based Millennial
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The more the SJW idiocy unfolds, the more I am convinced that we are living in our own version of the Cultural Revolution that plagued China in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Everything fits the template, from the rewriting of art and history, to the shaming of professors by wild-raving students. If this is the template to follow, the best course to follow I believe is to stand still and wait for it to implode. China’s leaders in the Politburo understood that to challenge Mao was suicide, so they simply hunkered down and plotted. When Mao died, the Politburo was able… Read more »

Karl Horst (Germany)
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Karl Horst (Germany)

Based on some of your previous recommendations (…just finished season 2 of Fortitude. Very good by the way. Danke!) I’ll make a point of seeing it. I’ll also recommend a few of older ones we recently enjoyed courtesy of Pirate Bay torrent. “Short Circuit” (1986), which is clearly made for kids, but has enough subtle adult humor that older people can enjoy it too. “Grand Prix” (1966) with James Garner. Probably the best racing movie of all times, “The Robe” (1953) which, speaking of movies Hollywood wouldn’t dare to remake, was very good. Although with most of the movies of… Read more »

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Ok my German friend, did you see the Netflix series “Dark”? Your countrymen’s contribution was better than most except too many loose ends and sidetracks.

Al in Georgia
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Al in Georgia

I’ve used the line from Ben Hur, “We keep you alive to serve this ship, row well and live”. Fun to say to new employees.

Karl McHungus
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Karl McHungus

Other Karl, what do you think of “Berlin Babylon”?

Karl McHungus
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Karl McHungus

IMO, if the recent Wonder Woman movie had been filmed with the Amazons going about “sans cullotes” it would have definitely been an A+ movie.

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Except for Gal Gadot, they’d have had to recast the entire film to look more like that Mel Gibson film “The Bounty”.

Uncola
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What struck me the most about “BR Part Deux” were implications concerning the relations between man and machine; questions concerning artificial intelligence, ethics, morality, genetics, and the concept of the “soul”. In the story, Ryan Gosling is an AI robot (Nexus 8 as compared to the defective Nexus 6 models in the earlier film) who appears to suffer disappointment and melancholy at not being “real”, yet simultaneously seems to appreciate life; even apparently awestruck by the simple wonder of falling snowflakes. But is the cyborg’s wonderment “real” or mere “personification” by way of human consciousness (i.e. – in the eye… Read more »

Orpheus
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Your analysis was good except for one part of the movie that I believe you misinterpreted.

When Gosling and Hologram Girl are viewing genetic code, what she says is that humans and replicants are basically the product of a long mix of 4 symbols: A, T, G and C, the letters we use to “write” (better said: “represent”) DNA …

… while she is composed of a long mix of only two symbols: 0 and 1, i.e.: binary code. She´s software, and that´s what software is made of.

She says she has two symbols less, not two DNA sequences less.

TomA
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Most modern movies are thinly disguised propaganda that aid in the memetic infection of the masses and work to reset the social mindset with a Progressive worldview. An intelligent thoughtful movie appeals to the individual mind of the viewer and both stimulates and exercises cognitive brain function. The latter is the antithesis of brainwashing. Movie-based propaganda is an effective tool because it is largely subliminal and insidious. It is the slow but steady road to mental decay, and the loss of brain function is often imperceptible. In an environment of real hardship, this mental handicap would seriously inhibit your survival… Read more »

abelard Lindsey
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abelard Lindsey

The problem with the Romantics is that they believe there is value in a world of 50% infant mortality rates and where your teeth rotted out of your head by age 35.

A.B. Prosper
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A.B. Prosper

Infant mortality was quite high but somehow we went from a few thousand a billion in 1840 and good teeth while not uniform were pretty common

As for the past, it had one value we don’t have . A future. Peoples lives, families, traditions , cultures carried forward. Not always, not forever but most of them time.

Modernity is a suicide pact.

Brad
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Brad

Creepy.

I watched this last night.

The big disappointment for me was as “K” lie on the steps in the snow I really really wanted the bad ass saxophone from the first movie to start up.

Tekton
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Tekton

Great review, Z-man. As a child of the 70’s, I think Blade Runner was my favorite Sci-Fi flick (saw the original Star Wars trilogy in the theaters; was never a fan). I’ve since seen only a handful of films of that genre that I can say were “good”. I may watch the new Blade Runner. Or not. But I appreciated the thoughtful analysis. Since no one commented on your interesting observation about the hero’s revelation, I will… You made the point that the protagonist discovers “being human is about making copies of yourself with another human. It is not what… Read more »

akajhon
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akajhon

close but no cigar,,white men were here many years before Adam,,who built all the pyramids etc ?? Adam and his descendants were only a part of the white race..this story is only a branch of the tree,,not the tree..

Tekton
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Tekton

Well, you’re entitled to your opinions, of course. However, there is no credible evidence (zero) for a ‘race of primitive white men’ that inhabited the pre-historic earth. (Unless you get your history from the Flintstones). Perhaps you are a Kevin MacDonald fan. He does not possess a particularly gifted intellect, nor is he a Christian believer, though follow him if you must. Caveat emptor. The Scriptures simply do not teach that God created any OTHER race of men besides Adam. Read that again carefully before you accuse me of being of being ignorant. God MAY have created them in a… Read more »

Mopsy
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Mopsy

Try watching the new Star Trek. -Main star of the show = black woman. Current acting Captain = white guy from a race of prey – in other words, -he’s often scared. He’s a white man though so must be replaced by a man/woman of color when they pick the new Captain next season. -The charismatic white male captain turned out to be eeeeevil and had to die. -The first Captain in the first episode was an Asian woman. A tiny thing that kicked ass. Gotta have a woman, preferably of color, who KICKS ASS. She died and they brought… Read more »

Alzaebo
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Alzaebo

A bit of Dissidence:
The black guy was a slave master of hundreds of white orphans.

Tundra
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Tundra

For some reason Chinese is no longer spoken in Los Angeles 2049, but Korean. The Asian influence is there but of a different type, meaning what exactly?