As an Asian American in entertainment, I am constantly baffled and frustrated by the standard of what may or may not be considered racism, typically set by Caucasian men. The yellowface in Cloud Atlas is racist. Flat out. No grey area about it.
To those of you defending it as as an artistic…
This is only a symptom of a larger race problem in Hollywood, c.f. the neo-Orientalist narrative of such movies as “Avatar”—white guy (or surrogate) goes to Third World and:
1. assimilates quickly, defeats empire, and becomes chief, or
2. saves people, fights with sexist native rival, saves (and weds) “exotic” princess who magically falls in love with him, and returns