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Disney under fire for ‘Mulan’ credits that thank Chinese groups linked to detention camps – CNBC

Liu Yifei stars in Disney’s “Mulan.”


Disney is facing backlash after the final credits for its latest film “Mulan” thanked government entities in Xinjiang, the province where Muslims have faced human rights abuses.

The film had already generated controversy after its lead actress, Liu Yifei, recently expressed support for police crackdowns in Hong Kong, spurring talks of boycotts on social media.

That sentiment only increased after it came to light that Disney filmed scenes for the “Mulan” movie in China’s Xinjiang province, where Beijing is accused of detaining more than 1 million Uighur Muslims.

After releasing “Mulan” on Disney+, eagle-eyed viewers noticed a “special thanks” in the film’s end credits that named eight government entities in Xinjiang, including the public security bureau in the city of Turpan, where the country is allegedly operating more than a dozen “reeducation” camps.

The credits also thank the publicity department of CPC Xinjiang Uighur Autonomy Region Committee, an agency that produces state propaganda efforts.

Representatives for Disney did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

China has been under scrutiny for its treatment of Muslim minorities for years. It has been reported that Uighur Muslims have been detained in camps, subjected to political indoctrination and forced labor.

“Mulan” is set to be released theatrically in China this weekend. The country has become an increasingly important market for Hollywood: It is the second-highest grossing box office in the world. China is also one of the regions where theaters have been able to reopen successfully during the pandemic, driving millions of dollars in ticket sales. 

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Disney’s Mulan Has Been Delayed Again – CinemaBlend

Liu Yifei as Mulan

Had things gone according to plan earlier this year, Disney would have released its Mulan remake towards the end of March, and we’d probably be able to buy it digitally by now. But the global health crisis has resulted in a lot of movies being delayed, and while that led to in Mulan being pushed to the end of next month, the Mouse House has announced its pushing the movie back a little further.

Rather than release Mulan to the masses on July 24, Disney has decided to slot the remake for August 21. So for those of you who’ve been eager to see the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated Mulan from 1998, you’ll have to wait a little over a month longer… assuming the movie doesn’t get pushed back again, which is certainly a possibility.

Here’s what Alan Horn, Walt Disney Studios co-chairman and chief creative officer, and Alan Bergman, Walt Disney Studios co-chairman, had to say about Mulan’s latest delay (via THR):

While the pandemic has changed our release plans for Mulan and we will continue to be flexible as conditions require, it has not changed our belief in the power of this film and its message of hope and perseverance. Director Niki Caro and our cast and crew have created a beautiful, epic, and moving film that is everything the cinematic experience should be, and that’s where we believe it belongs – on the world stage and the big screen for audiences around the globe to enjoy together.

This news follows Warner Bros’ decision to push Tenet back to August 12. So rather than have Mulan come out first in July and have the latest Christopher Nolan flick follow a week later, the order of the two movies has flip-flopped for August. Again though, don’t discount that both Mulan and Tenet could be pushed back again in these uncertain times.

While various movies, including Trolls World Tour, Scoob!, The Lovebirds, The King of Staten Island and Artemis Fowl, shifted from big screen releases to VOD or streaming offerings, Disney is clearly still intent on showing Mulan in a theatrical setting rather than just make it available to digitally rent or throw it onto Disney+ right now. Those options will be available down the line, but only once audiences have flocked to see Mulan in theaters.

Mulan follows the same basic premise as its animated predecessor, i.e. a young woman disguising herself as a man to take her father’s place in the Imperial Army. However, in contrast with most of Disney’s modern remakes, Mulan is taking a lot of creative liberties, including most of the supporting characters being brand-new (sorry, folks, no Mushu in this one) and the story not being a musical. Along with Liu Yifei playing the eponymous protagonist, the cast includes Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Le, Yoson An, Gong Li, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao and Jet Li, among many others.

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates concerning Mulan, and be sure to look through our comprehensive guide detailing all the other movies that have been delayed over the last several months.

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