The Boycott of Disney’s Mulan

Disney Mulan
Disney's Mulan is being boycotted.

The original film of Mulan was released in 1988 and grossed nearly $304m.

A live-action of the movie was meant to be released in March but the pandemic pushed its release date to September.

Viewers in the United States – and internationally – can only watch the movie through Disney+ with a $30 Premier Access fee. Subscribers will need to wait until December 4th to watch the movie for free.

The movie brings a massive variety of criticism and praise.

Positive Reviews from Critics

Peter Debruge, a critic writer for Variety, wrote in his recent review that the movie adds  “an epic-scale tribute to female empowerment” and will inspire the new generation.

The movie has even been described as “a great-looking film.” In her recent piece for Associated Press, Lindsey Bahr argues that the film will “inspire some kids to dip their toes into all that Asian cinema has to offer.”

Vanity Fair Disagrees

While the movie has overall received positive responses from viewers, Richard Lawson from Vanity Fair disagrees.

 “The new Mulan is a sweeping action movie with lots of cool fight choreography, and yet it never musters up a sense of awe,” writes Lawson.

He continues: “Mulan deserves better, as does Liu, as do eager audiences.”

Activists Call for Boycott of Film

The greatest number of criticism has aroused from activists in China who have called for a boycott of the newly released movie.

#BoycottMulan Recalls Statement made by the star of Mulan: Liu Yifei.

In August of 2019, Liu Yifei went on Weibo to post her support for the Hong Kong police.

Holding firm to her stance, Yifei wrote: “I support the Hong Kong police. You can beat me up now.” 

The Hong Kong police have been accused of using violent methods to silence pro-democracy protestors in China. Similar calls for boycott have been announced on social media platforms across Thailand and Taiwan.

Who is Liu Yifie?

Liu Yifie was born in Wuhan and later moved to Queens in New York City. Having stayed there for only four years, Yifie moved back to China to pursue a career in modeling and acting. Her recent breakthrough in the American industry has been through Mulan.

Mixed Emotions

While fans would be expected to respond to the movie with happiness, Yifie’s comment last year has sparked anger among activists.

In his recent Twitter post, Joshua Wong states: “This film is released today. But because Disney kowtows to Beijing, and because Liu Yifei openly and proudly endorses police brutality in Hong Kong, I urge everyone who believes in human rights to #BoycottMulan.”

This article was written by Bibi Samia of New York, NY.

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