Mulan fans show excitement online after new Super Bowl trailer
The final trailer for Disney's new adaptation of the Chinese legend gets excited reactions despite controversy over lead actress Crystal Liu Yifei
Disney’s final full trailer for the highly anticipated live-action film Mulan – a remake of its 1998 animated fantasy film about the mythical Chinese heroine – aired during America’s Super Bowl, revealing new footage and clips from some epic battle scenes.
Twitter went into overdrive after the trailer’s release, with most of the reaction positive.
“Alright, #SuperBowl trailers! First up, this new #Mulan trailer is the best preview for the film yet! Not only does this seem to be a great adaptation, it looks like a great movie!” wrote one.
There was also praise for Chinese-American actress Crystal Liu Yifei, who plays Mulan, a woman who masquerades as a male warrior to spare her elderly father from military service, as well as support for fellow actress Gong Li, who plays a shape-shifting witch.
“Growing up, Gong Li was my hero. Vulnerable and fierce. She is the one I am looking forward to seeing in #Mulan” wrote another.
Others, however, got political, referring to events last year when Liu caused a Twitter storm after voicing support for the Hong Kong police amid the city’s anti-government protests, prompting calls to boycott Mulan.
“So I guess we really just gonna forget that Liu Yifei the main actress for #Mulan basically s**t on the Hong Kong protesters for protesting the controversial proposed extradition bill that would allow the government of Hong Kong to detain and extradite people wanted in China huh”, one user wrote.
Another user referenced the deadly new coronavirus that originated in the mainland Chinese city of Wuhan, Liu’s birthplace.
“Not going to watch #Mulan for sure and definitely not forgetting what she said. On top of that, she is from Wuhan where the #WuhanCoronavirus is. She doesn’t even care about her people.”
Mulan opens in cinemas on March 27.