You’ve probably seen the new Mulan movie. Maybe you hate it; maybe you love it. Either way, this movie has issues. And here’s why:
First of all, it was all filmed in a Chinese province which is home to reports of human right abuse, including the detainment of 1000 Uyghur Muslims. This particular province is home to a number of these concentration camps, and the directors and film crew gave a word of thanks to ‘publicity department of CPC Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Committee.’
But that isn’t all, because the credits aren’t over yet when they also mention thanks to the public security bureaus of a part of China where these awful torture methods are used on these Muslims. Some of these ‘methods’ include sterilisation, and labour, mostly forced. So the worst part about Mulan isn’t even in the film, it’s in the credits.
The main actor of the film Mulan, Liu Yifei, posted on her social media comments showing her approval for the police and their behaviour with the current Hong Kong situation. For fans, this was the last straw. The hashtag, “#boycottMulan2020” began to trend.
If you are wondering why you didn’t like the movie as much you hoped, here’s why: the film wasn't made for the mainstream audience. It was set to directly target the Chinese platform. After the release of 1997 film ‘Kundun’, Disney had a bad reputation amongst the Chinese community, which was why Disney decided to create the live-action film of Mulan as a “love letter to the Chinese”. It’s a shame that love was unrequited.
Instead of the traditional elements of the story, Disney included Western sorcery, with witches and dark magic.
Overall, the film itself contained vast amounts of historical inaccuracies, filed in the location which were home to torture to minority races, and some of the main actors support the way the police are handling the Hong Kong state of affairs. Oh, and let’s not forget the fact that this film was never even made to appeal to the western box office. So what do you think, was this film a flop, or success?