Now that you mention it….
This piece in Motherboard asks the question, “The “Blade Runner” universe is visually Asian, so where are the Asian people?”
“Since the late 1970s, a key idea in Western science fiction has been that Japan represents the future. Japan’s ‘weird’ culture is a figure for an incomprehensible tomorrow,” wrote Annalee Newitz about our fetishization of Japan’s idiosyncrasies.
Together, Blade Runner and 2049 represent the best of cyberpunk film. But imagine how much better, richer they could’ve been with a cast that looked the way the real world does, now and in the future. For a universe that’s so preoccupied with the soul, in this regard, Blade Runner is utterly devoid of one.