‘Mulan’: Original Star Ming-Na Wen Comments on The Remake’s Controversy

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Ming-Na Wen weighed in on the controversy surrounding Disney’s upcoming remake of Mulan at D23.

Earlier this year, protestors in Hong Kong protestors took to the streets over a controversial extradition bill that would allow local authorities to detain and extradite people who are wanted in territories that Hong Kong does not have extradition agreements with, including mainland China. Disney’s upcoming remake of Mulan became embroiled in the situation after lead star Yifei Lu came out in support of Hong Kong police, which prompted an outcry due to the fact that there have been widespread reports of police brutality against pro-democracy protestors.

Furthermore, the Chinese government is accused of creating over 200,000 Twitter bot accounts that were designed to undermine the Hong Kong protestors and the #BoycottMulan movement. At Disney’s D23 expo, Ming-Na Wen commented on the ensuing controversy surrounding the Mulan remake, expressing her hopes that peaceful resolution can be reached:

“We are living in a world right now where there’s so much change and confusion and lot of stress. And I really, for me, I hope that there is good resolution and peace and people will find a way. I think always, ultimately, the truth and the goodness of people win out and history proves that time and time again. So, we’ll see.”

Despite the controversy, Ming-Na Wen expressed her confidence in the Mulan remake, saying, “Disney did it right the first time and I think they’ll do it right again.”

What do you make of the controversy surrounding Disney’s remake of Mulan? Do you agree with Ming-Na Wen’s assessment of the situation? Are you as confident in the remake as Ming-Na Wen? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.

Directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek, Disney’s Mulan stars Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor.

Disney’s Mulan will be released in theaters on March 27, 2020.

Source: Variety

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