What does China think of the new Mulan trailer?

A few days ago, Walt Disney Studios presented the new Mulan trailer. The clip has already earned over 20 million views on YouTube. Many of the Disney movie fans were upset by the lack of classic Mulan songs, character changes, and one clear character omission – little dragon Mushu.

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Just like the 1998 animated movie, the live-action “Mulan” is based on the Chinese legend of warrior Hua Mulan. The girl is born in northern China around the 5th century A.D. when the country was split between the Northern and Southern dynasties. The plot kicks in when Mulan stands up to fight against southern invaders and protect the northern border. The legend of Hua Mulan is well known and revered in China.

Sixth Tone (a Shanghai United Media Group publication) reported one Weibo (Chinese Twitter) user was baffled by Western fans’ obsession with Mushu and the Disney songs. The user said that, conversely, Chinese audiences “care about whether Hua Mulan looks charming and whether the film accurately reflects Chinese culture and Mulan’s perseverance”.

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Though some Chinese film lovers were annoyed by the inaccuracies in the Mulan trailer, others were quick to defend the Disney remake. One user said: “Fans should accept these little geographical issues with earnest gratitude.”

The conversation on Weibo continues and seems like there are equally as many negative reviews as there are positive ones. Another user wrote:

This is the real Hua Mulan!! … After seeing faces obscured by beauty filters for so many years, I thought I could only accept perfect looks. But after watching the trailer, I was reminded that Mulan is going to war like men; it’s only right she doesn’t wear makeup.”

Watch the Mulan trailer and let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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