A boy looks at a poster promoting Disney movie Mulan outside a cinema on the day it opened in Beijing. The film has been pilloried internationally and given a lukewarm reception by Chinese cinema-goers. Photo: AFP
A boy looks at a poster promoting Disney movie Mulan outside a cinema on the day it opened in Beijing. The film has been pilloried internationally and given a lukewarm reception by Chinese cinema-goers. Photo: AFP
Vivienne Chow
Opinion

Opinion

Vivienne Chow

How Disney’s misconceived Mulan lost the Chinese audience it so cravenly courted

  • Disney lost Chinese film-goers because they watched Mulan through a magnifying glass, looking for errors of cultural representation and historical inaccuracies
  • They found plenty. For starters, Disney doesn’t understand qi. On top of that are plot changes, dire action scenes, bland characters and lifeless acting

A boy looks at a poster promoting Disney movie Mulan outside a cinema on the day it opened in Beijing. The film has been pilloried internationally and given a lukewarm reception by Chinese cinema-goers. Photo: AFP
A boy looks at a poster promoting Disney movie Mulan outside a cinema on the day it opened in Beijing. The film has been pilloried internationally and given a lukewarm reception by Chinese cinema-goers. Photo: AFP
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