Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Trailer Wins Early Fans in China

Chinese netizens are enamored with the live-action film’s casting but less certain about its design choices.

The much-anticipated teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s animated blockbuster “Mulan” has drawn a chorus of praise from Chinese netizens since its release Sunday, though viewers were quick to nitpick what they saw as inaccuracies and anachronistic elements.

The minute-and-a-half-long teaser, which shows the titular character sword fighting, drew hundreds of thousands of likes from netizens after it was widely shared Monday on Chinese microblogging site Weibo. On the same platform, an online poll of over 115,000 netizens found that a majority were “satisfied” with Mulan’s appearance in the trailer.

The film, to be released in 2020, will be a remake of the 1998 Disney animated movie “Mulan.” Disney’s film was inspired by the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a woman who enlists to fight in place of her father to defend their homeland against rampaging Huns.

Here’s a summary of online reactions to the trailer:

“Who is that girl I see?”

2020’s “Mulan” features an all-Asian cast, with Chinese-American actress Liu Yifei playing the leading role. Although the announcement of the actress’s casting initially drew mixed reactions, many Chinese netizens praised Liu’s performance in the teaser, bestowing upon her the title of “China’s first Disney princess.”


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–This article originally appeared on Sixth Tone.