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Mr T

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In other words, chop suey.
Ironically I never really understood the popularity of chop suey.

Also, more fun news about Mulan.

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Chinese authorities have told major media outlets not to cover Walt Disney Co’s release of “Mulan”, in an order issued after controversy erupted overseas over the film’s links with the Xinjiang region, four people familiar with matter told Reuters.

Set to open in local theatres on Friday, Disney
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had high hopes for Mulan in China, but starving it of publicity in the country's strictly censored media would be another blow to the $200 million production.

Starring big-name Chinese-born actors - Jet Li, Gong Li, Donnie Yen and Liu Yifei - and based on a Chinese folk story, Mulan was tailored to appeal to audiences in China, the world’s second-largest movie market.

But mixed reviews online and capacity limits in theatres due to coronavirus prevention measures were likely to weigh on its box office performance, even before major media outlets received a notice telling them to refrain from covering the movie.

Three sources told Reuters media outlets had received the notice, two of whom said it was sent by the Cyberspace Administration of China. A fourth source at a major Chinese newspaper said he received a text message with a similar order from a senior colleague.
I think the lesson here is that you shouldn't make films to pander to particular audiences but rather try to make good films that can be appreciated for their overall quality by people worldwide. After all, Chinese studios have done Mulan before. There was no reason they would rush to see another production just because it had a big budget and lots of people they had heard of.
 

Figaro

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Here's the comments under the Mulan article in at Financial Times:
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Why are you so so concerned by the comments section or what people post on other forums? Literally the comments section under basically any article is a complete cesspool, with overwhelming negativity directed towards the subject in question. With regards to China, people have been saying negative things (e.g. polluted wasteland, land of cheap knockoffs, CCP slaves) about it ever since the inception of the internet ... but guess what, China still develops and moves on while these haters talk. You should really not care about what others think about you or something you feel attached to. Ultimately, people can say whatever they want but it's the actions that really count.
 

ougoah

Captain
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Why are you so so concerned by the comments section or what people post on other forums? Literally the comments section under basically any article is a complete cesspool, with overwhelming negativity directed towards the subject in question. With regards to China, people have been saying negative things (e.g. polluted wasteland, land of cheap knockoffs, CCP slaves) about it ever since the inception of the internet ... but guess what, China still develops and moves on while these haters talk. You should really not care about what others think about you or something you feel attached to. Ultimately, people can say whatever they want but it's the actions that really count.
Yes but it's also good to know.
 

Mr T

Senior Member
Mulan movie is as Chinese as Panda Express. There are more authentic Chinese movies and TV series you can find in Netflix that has better quality, and you can better support independent Chinese movie makers.
My thoughts exactly. Even going back 10 years ago, from the clips of Mulan that I saw it's certainly not superior to Red Cliff in terms of production values, and whilst Cao Cao was a bit one-dimensional, I don't think that's any different from the situation with Mulan. Chinese studios can make period pieces very well - there's no need to support Disney trash in order to boost the Chinese entertainment sector.
 

Tam

Major
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My thoughts exactly. Even going back 10 years ago, from the clips of Mulan that I saw it's certainly not superior to Red Cliff in terms of production values, and whilst Cao Cao was a bit one-dimensional, I don't think that's any different from the situation with Mulan. Chinese studios can make period pieces very well - there's no need to support Disney trash in order to boost the Chinese entertainment sector.
You can go back and see the trailer for the 2009 film Hua Mulan and see that the 2009 film is a much more grittier, realistic movie. Not to mention it got Zhao Wei on it.

 

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