Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Remake Criticized Over Historical Inaccuracies In China

The first trailer for Disney’s live-action “Mulan” remake excited many fans but left Chinese fans with a few nits to pick.

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According to Variety, after the trailer was released, most people in China expressed their anticipation for the film.

“This is the Hua Mulan of my dreams!” one person wrote on social media, while another said, “I watched this repeatedly for an hour. When the film comes out, I’m going to make the box office explode!”

That didn’t stop some people from criticizing some of the trailer’s apparent historical inaccuracies, though.

The story of Mulan takes place in Northern China. Many noted that Mulan appears to live in a “tulou” house, which is unique to the Hakka people in the southern Fujian province and emerged roughly 1,000 years after the film’s narrative.

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“Disney shouldn’t be so careless and just think that because tulou are beautiful, they can make Mulan live in one. She’s not Fujianese!” one person said.

Another person said, in a video response to the trailer, “This film is just trying to ingratiate itself to Western audiences. It’s like they thought, Oh, this element is really Chinese, it’s very Oriental, so I’m going to shove it into the film to make everyone feel this is a very ‘Chinese’ film.”

“Mulan” is scheduled to hit theatres March 27, 2020.

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