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Gong Li Drama ‘Leap’ Opens to $8.2 Million in China

Female-led volleyball drama “Leap” hit China with an $8.2 million opening day Friday, narrowly topping the premiere-day box office haul of Disney’s “Mulan” earlier this month, according to industry tracker Maoyan.Both films star China-born Singaporean actress Gong Li, who plays a powerful witch character in “Mulan” and the hard-driving, real-life head coach of the Chinese […]

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China’s Cinemas to Soon Operate at 75% Capacity, as Pandemic Restrictions Ease

China announced on Tuesday that it will soon relax pandemic-related restrictions currently placed on cinemas and allow venues to sell up to 75% of their available tickets.Chinese cinemas are currently limited to just half capacity, but can shift over to selling 75% of their available tickets from Sept. 25, the China Film Distribution & Projection […]

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China box office: Disney’s ‘Mulan’ has soft opening, draws mixed reviews

Although the film topped the weekend box office, it appears to have suffered from a range of factors depressing mainland China box office.Disney’s live-action Mulan grossed $22.7m on its opening weekend (September 11-13), according to figures from Artisan Gateway, a relatively soft opening for a film that was relying on Chinese box office, and only […]

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/Filmcast Ep. 583 – Mulan (Guest: Nancy Wang Yuen)

After months of delay, Disney’s live-action Mulan finally made its debut on the Disney Plus streaming service (for a premium). David, Devindra, and Jeff talk about their mixed feelings toward the movie with sociologist and author Nancy Wang Yuen. Read Nancy’s review of Mulan here. Thanks to our sponsors this week: PrettyLitter, Feals, and Candid […]

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Disney Criticized for ‘Mulan’ Credits Thanking Chinese Propaganda Departments Linked to Detention Camps, Underreporting Covid-19 Cases

When Disney first announced its remake of Mulan, Asian-American audiences who grew up on the 1998 original only had one major concern: no whitewashing. But cut to five years later, following the unexpected release of the Niki Caro-directed film on Disney+, and there are larger, more insidious sociopolitical concerns at work in Disney’s live-action Mulan […]

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‘Mulan’ Madness: The Biggest Differences Between the Animated and Live-Action Movies

Disney’s new Mulan, which just debuted (for a premium!) on Disney+, is easily one of the very best live-action adaptations of one of their beloved animated classics. It’s a muscular historical action movie, full of gorgeous cinematography (actually shot on location!) and great performances (anchored by an amazing Liu Yifei in the title role). And […]

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‘Mulan’ Director and Cast Talk Preparing for Film: ‘We Were Warriors Because We Were Training Like Warriors’

The live-action remake of Disney’s “Mulan” is a story rooted in Chinese culture and a tale of forging one’s own path, said the film’s director and stars during the #GoldOpen Premium Access panel moderated by Variety‘s Audrey Cleo Yap on Friday evening, one of three panels with cast members airing throughout the weekend. Director Niki […]

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