Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Loyal Brave True

“Mulan”, the 2020 live-action movie hasn't been getting good reviews. 

One critic says the film straddles the line between being a kids film and dramatic war epic, unwilling to choose a side. Another says it feels like a watered-down version of a potentially captivating story. And it’s been described as cinematic eye candy that makes up for a weak script. 

On top of that, YouTubers who did reaction videos of the movie have fiercely savaged it. 

And now, the film is a target of a boycott because Liu Yifei, its lead actress backed the Hong Kong police in their crackdown on rioters. Liu had shared a message on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media platform, that read “I support Hong Kong’s police, you can beat me up now”, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Liu then added on Weibo in English, “What a shame for Hong Kong”. 

Disney also came under fire for shooting “Mulan” in parts of China where the government is accused of serious human rights abuses – which, of course, is simply nonsense. 

This is all part of an anti-China crusade where demonizing the country is becoming de rigueur. Essentially, fake news propagated by western media blinded by acute biasness and which are complicit with their own governments to promote a warped political agenda. 

The film, which seeks to merge the sixth century “Ballad of Mulan” with the animated feature “Mulan” from the late ’90s, was meant to hit theaters in March – but because of Covid-19, Disney postponed its theatrical release and, ultimately, gave it a home on Disney+ on September 04, 2020. 

It is unclear if pressure from protesters to boycott Mulan will work. After all, Disney don’t have to disclose how many digital copies of “Mulan” they have sold via Disney+. 

Theatrically, it has generated $6 million in limited markets in its first weekend, according to The Verge on September 07 – but the movie's success will depend on the China market where it is slated to be screened on September 11. 

I won’t comment on “Mulan” since I haven’t seen the movie nor the trailers – but I do know I love the Christina Aguilera song “Loyal Brave True” which is played during the movie credits. 

The song's title is said to reference Mulan's father Hua Zhou speaking of Mulan to their ancestors, stating that she is "the great warrior Mulan: the loyal, the brave, the true". FYI, the Chinese symbols for "Loyal Brave True" appear on the sword too.

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