Disney’s Besieged ‘Mulan’ Wins Positive Criticism from Chinese Ministry | Show biz

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The account of the legendary female Chinese warrior tale sparked a backlash even before its official release when star Liu Yifei expressed support for the Hong Kong police as they cracked down on anti-democracy protests last year.

LOS ANGELES, September 12 – Internationally pilloried and having made its lukewarm debut by Chinese moviegoers, Disney uncovered its $ 200 million (RM830.7 million) live-action epic yesterday. Mulan has at least one ardent fan – the fiery Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The account of the legendary female Chinese warrior tale sparked a backlash even before its official release when star Liu Yifei expressed support for the Hong Kong police as they cracked down on anti-democracy protests last year.

This week, he faced calls for a worldwide boycott of the filming in Xinjiang – where violations of the rights of the region’s Muslim population have been widely documented – and for thanking authorities in the region of the northwest in the end credits.

But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian yesterday dismissed the controversy, saying it was “very normal” to thank the Xinjiang government for its help and ignore criticism of “some so- saying human rights organizations “.

He then applauded Chinese-American star Liu as “the contemporary Mulan” and “a true child of China”.

Mulan opened in China yesterday and sold around 41 million yuan (RM24.9 million) in tickets in the afternoon, according to the Maoyan ticketing platform.

But the film, which many have seen online, has already drawn a torrent of bad reviews and a 4.7 out of 10 rating from popular user review site Douban.

Some didn’t like its deviation from the original tale and the new storyline, while others blew up the action scenes.

“In my mind, Mulan was originally a lady and not a martial artist in her childhood, ”one user wrote.

Another reviewer added: “The script is very poor and by Mulan hero complex was brought to light without logic. Martial arts streaks were also weak.

Others asked why there weren’t more Chinese staff working on the film.

Amid the fury, the hashtag “Mulan” appears to have been disabled on China’s Twitter-like platform Weibo, as the tag returned no search results yesterday.

AFP understands that some state media have also been asked to avoid covering the film.

In Beijing cinemas, however, several moviegoers were oblivious to the international outcry.

Mulan is a household name. Different people may have different ways of understanding this story, ”said Hu Xia, 46, who saw the film with his son. “This time I think they were successful.”

Another film buff, Alvin Ye, 30, praised the film for its portrayal of an extraordinary woman.

nationalist tabloid World time offered another defense against overseas critics, in generally unvarnished language, calling the attacks on the film “depravity.” – AFP-Relaxnews

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