I am a big fan of Bladerunner, and today I decided to talk about the film Bladerunner 2049. I really want to talk something about this film, it is very remarkable, full of details to discuss. As it has been a long time since the release of this film, I guess it would be fine if I spoil a bit on my blog now.
I will divide this into two parts, and after this, I will do the next post which is the 1982 version of Bladerunner. And maybe there will also be a post about Gosht in the Shell soon.
As the old Bladerunner did in 1982, it has a brief introduction at the beginning of the film, to let the audiences have a basic idea of the cyberpunk world setting. For Bladerunner 2049, the crew did spend a lot of time trying to fill the gap between the old Bladerunner and the new one, before the release of 2049, they released a short film called “Black Out 2022”:
This short film helps us to get deeper in the Bladerunner-world, having an idea that what happened in the gap.
Firstly, what goes into our view is Sapper working on his protein farm, according to the dialogue in the film, we can know that this kind of farm is designed by Wallace Corporation. These little worms are indeed full of protein, like what Bear Grylls has said. For the purpose of these protein farms, I guess such farm will be the food supplier of replicants or the poor people in the city. And of course, they would not eat these worms directly, I suppose worms will be processed into a powder form or something and will be the bases of some cheap instant food. However, these are just my hypothesis.
When K was in Sapper’s place, he noticed that Sapper is cooking something, and he thought it is the worms he is cooking. While Sapper told him that it is garlic, which he grows only for himself. In this very simple conversation, it seems that in this future world, the organic vegetable is uncommon and luxury-like. Latter on the dead tree and the little wooden horse all suggest that in this world, natural plants are luxury.
After the small talk,
K refuse to have a garlic meal with Sapper, and that makes Sapper unhappy, and then he beat the s*it out of K. Comparing with officer Deckard, the old Bladerunner, K as the new model is beefier and tougher. At least he is still breathing after breaking the wall, and ‘retire’ Sapper quickly.
When Sapper was successfully ‘retired’, K was washing his hands and Sapper’s eyeball in the kitchen. Maybe it is due to a replicant’s curiosity, he opened the pot and took a look inside. To be honest, such behavior is very much the same when little kid put his head into the cookie jar. Who said replicants are not humans? As for what Sapper was really cooking in the pot, we can’t see from the screen, but I hope it is garlic.
Like 1982 version, in this film, Japanese themes are everywhere. While the Chinese themes in the old Bladerunner seem to be removed from this film. I mean that it is not cyberpunk at all without some Chinese themes. If you have seen Ghost in the Shell, you will know what I am saying.
K finished his business and got back to the police station, and in the way that was expected, a ‘racist’ officer was nicely saying hi to our dear K. Comparing with 30 years ago, it seems that replicants are still unwelcome in the society. And liberalism doesn’t go well in this world because there are obviously no ‘replicant rights’ for K.
Racism to replicants seems to be very common in this world. In K’s way back home, an old granny was curing him in a foreign language because he is a ‘skin-job’, and someone made a graffiti on his door with hate words.
I think many of you are interesting in the ‘baseline test’, which K need to take it every time when he finished a mission. Basically, it is an examination designed to measure any emotional deviance by Nexus-9 Replicant models. You can understand it as a new version of the Voight-Kampff Test.
That will be the first part of the Bladerunner 2049, I will update another post soon!