Why #BoycottMulan is trending again after its Disney+ debut

Why #BoycottMulan is trending again after its Disney+ debut”

A poster for Mulan towers over an empty Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles in March, when the movie was originally scheduled for release.

"We have that same dynamic and in this movie, I actually think it plays in a more sophisticated way because he's trying to befriend this other soldier who is, like, he's ambitious, he wants to be the best student in class and all of the sudden this guys is sort of challenging him". The calls erupted past year when the film's lead actress Liu Yifei expressed support for Hong Kong police, who anti-government demonstrators accuse of using excessive force to quell unrest. Efforts to curtail the virus's spread, including the closure of traditional movie theaters, have left limited options for studios to release films.

Another online user said Mulan was about heroism, bravery and sacrifice and mocked the lead star for not standing up for anything but police brutality.

Mr Wong has received support from like-minded campaigners in Thailand and Taiwan, part of the so-called Milk Tea Alliance.

Reed, however, stands by Liu, whom he said worked very hard and trained for months for "Mulan".

Liu, a Chinese-born U.S. citizen, found herself on the wrong side of alliance members when she expressed her views on the protests in Hong Kong in August a year ago.

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"I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now", followed by, "What a shame for Hong Kong", in English.

Since June 2019, Hong Kong has seen constant protests against the Chinese government, triggered by a proposed bill that would allow extradition from Hong Kong to China.

Worldwide cinema audiences are crucial for the success of Mulan, a $200-million epic that is not being shown in movie theatres in the United States because of ongoing concerns about the coronavirus.

While Disney's streaming service, Disney Plus, is still making money for the company after its late 2019 launch, the entertainment giant in May reported $1.4 billion in total losses across its theme parks and other units as the coronavirus shuttered businesses.

In July previous year, Mr Yen shared a congratulatory post on his Facebook page to mark Hong Kong's Establishment Day.

Reed said that in the new Mulan, which is not a direct remake of the 1998 film but rather based on the original Chinese folklore, there would be "the same dynamic" which saw Li Shang wonder "why do I like this dude so much?" It is set to open in theatres there on Sept 11.

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