September 13, 2020, 01.11 PM

BEIJING, KOMPAS.com – Disney’s “Mulan” may have faced less than stellar reviews internationally, but the movie has earned the support from China’s Foreign Ministry.

The $200 million live-action remake drew backlash before its official release after its main star Liu Yifei voiced her support for the brutal police crackdown in Hong Kong which targeted pro-democracy activists.

Disney’s latest remake is now playing on the Disney+ streaming service while it was given a lukewarm debut by Chinese cinemagoers.

This week it faced boycott calls globally for filming in Xinjiang — where rights abuses against the region's Muslim population have been widely documented — and for thanking authorities from the northwestern region in the end credits.

Read also: Disney Under Fire for Filming Mulan Scenes in Xinjiang

But Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Friday dismissed the controversy, saying it was "very normal" to thank the Xinjiang government for their help and shrugging off criticism by "some so-called human rights organizations".

He went on to applaud Chinese-American star Liu as "the contemporary Mulan" and "a true child of China".

"Mulan" opened in China on Friday and sold around 41 million yuan ($5.99 million) worth of tickets by the afternoon, according to ticketing platform Maoyan.

But the movie, which many have seen online, has already attracted a torrent of poor reviews and a 4.7 out of 10 rating on popular user review site Douban.

Some disliked its deviation from the original tale and new storyline, while others blasted the action scenes.

Page:


Recommendation
Comment wisely and responsibly. Comments are entirely the responsibility of the commentator as regulated in the ITE Law
Report
Thank You! We have received your report. We will remove comments that conflict with the Community Guidelines and the ITE Law.

More Headlines

News
August 16, 2022, 01.24 PM

UN Envoy Makes First Visit to Myanmar

News
August 15, 2022, 09.06 PM

Myanmar Court Sentences Suu Kyi to 6 Years

News
August 12, 2022, 04.41 PM

Researchers Warn of Melting Antarctic Ice Sheet

News
August 8, 2022, 09.07 AM

ASEAN Wraps Up Foreign Ministers Talks

Business
August 5, 2022, 10.13 PM

China Begins to Ship Bullet Trains to Indonesia

Close Ads