The Chinese React To Disney’s Mulan Trailer | ASIAN BOSS

  • Published: 19 July 2019
  • Mulan is one of the most famous animated films made by Disney, who recently released a trailer for the live-action remake. So far, people’s reactions appear to be mixed, partially on the basis there won’t be any songs or talking dragons. A lot of you have asked, how is this trailer received in mainland China? We hit the streets of Beijing to find out.

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    • Otha Day
      Otha Day  1 days back

      @Randomguy65 I just watched that 2009 version and loved it.... I'm looking forward to comparing this new version with that version.

    • Randomguy65
      Randomguy65  7 days back

      Mulan 2020 is okay action form Jet Li is amazing. But the first Disney Mulan is innacurate, and that the Mongols took over China and succeeded. And that representation even though the original Mulan legend is FICTION. I still don't like the representation of the Mongolians as bad guys, its war everyone is the bad guy. And they don't look like Mongolians, they just look like stereotypical asian bad guys. BUT THERE IS ALREADY A GOOD MULAN MOVIE FROM 2009 AND IT IS WAY BETTER. Plus im Mongolian.

    • SerialAllyLyn
      SerialAllyLyn  1 weeks back

      Yo!! Now you gotta make another video with the full trailer of Mulan that came out!!

    • Robby
      Robby  2 months back

      Tony the host is gorgeous

    • free thinker
      free thinker  3 months back


  • DJ Trevi
    DJ Trevi  14 hours back

    I'm not even Asian, but I love Mulan. It's my favourite Disney film followed by the Little Mermaid and Tarzan. The new Mulan looks better than anything Disney has done.

    • Anthony Ellis
      Anthony Ellis  15 hours back

      I'm happy to see Crystal Liu Yifei in any thing. May she become famous star in America and make 20 more movies. ❤

      • chunky monkey
        chunky monkey  16 hours back

        Disney said they're gonna make it more historically accurate and I'm all for that but then they add a witch and it's like ???

        • Tuala
          Tuala  21 hours back

          This interview is a great idea 👍and so important to know their opinions

          • R. Alisha
            R. Alisha  1 days back

            “I have mixed feelings about it.” You and me both cute Asian man.

            • goeast12
              goeast12  1 days back

              I live in LA, and most movies are primarily about making money, so being factual is rarely the first priority. Instead, it’s to entertain a large amount of people, especially for Disney, and special effects and explosions seem to do it these days. It would be nice to see a real story told on occasion, similar to the great movies made in the 70’s.

              • Gloria
                Gloria  1 days back

                I'm excited for the movie because it was my favourite as a child, but I agree with the girl who said the actress doesn't fit much the character. It would have been so cool if they found somebody who had a similar energy to the disney character, a little bit more clumsy and reckless, with a masculine look

                • Otha Day
                  Otha Day  1 days back

                  VERY interesting! THANK YOU - I spent almost 2 weeks in Beijing several years ago drumming with families at a Burn Camp there. I really enjoyed talking to and getting to know the people a Black Man - I was quite a rare vision for many. I wish that I'd spoken the language.

                  • Tina Lin
                    Tina Lin  1 days back

                    Can you do one with the new trailer?

                    • vegancarlos
                      vegancarlos  1 days back

                      such an interesting video

                      • Luz Rosas
                        Luz Rosas  1 days back

                        I loved the girl who said mulan shouldn't be so pretty. Yeah, we ugly people exist too XD

                        • Meri Maria
                          Meri Maria  2 days back

                          I agree with them.

                          • Caerulean
                            Caerulean  2 days back

                            The white shirt guy who didn't know about Mulan is a mood. 😅

                            • aaron clay
                              aaron clay  2 days back

                              it is really illuminating to me how much the little kids think about a subject and give some sort of outside perspective to a question like that, where as you take an american kid of that age and they would say "because they are not American" , hell you might get some adults that would answer like that. it might just be that one little girl but damn, half the adults i know would not spend as much time thinking about a question you asked or given it any real thought.

                              i always thought china's masses would not be as educated as the upper end of there socity, and im sure there are some idiots(every place has them) but this kid cant be more than 7or 11 years old, maybe the States were like this back in teh day and maybe china will see progression and pass us but it lead to its people becoing lazy and thoughtless like it has here but god, that was refreshing

                              • Winter Rivera Adams
                                Winter Rivera Adams  2 days back

                                my only proble its that actress is too beautiful she does not look like boy when she put on the military uniform

                                • DreamBelief
                                  DreamBelief  2 days back

                                  I agree with the woman in white that she shouldn't look so obviously feminine given she has to go undercover as a male. She should also look physically stronger. I feel they just wanted someone skinny and stereotypically pretty to appeal to certain viewers.

                                  • ML
                                    ML  2 days back

                                    Oh I loved this! Especially love the guy in the blue shirt.

                                    • Averyl Fong
                                      Averyl Fong  2 days back

                                      As a Chinese person who grew up in Asia (Singapore, yes, not strictly in China), I've always felt like if DISNEY'S making a "remake" of Mulan, they might as well do DISNEY'S Mulan.
                                      Chinese people know that the story of Mulan is a folk tale - there is a ballad, yes, but she is primarily a legendary hero not unlike King Arthur. We have lots of historical dramas and films made by Chinese people for a Chinese audience, taking care to portray a 'generally considered accurate' portrayal of the Chinese legend.

                                      If Disney is doing a REMAKE, the story might as well be their version. I know this is not really a good example/concensus, but I have watched the Chinese dub of Disney's Mulan on Chinese streaming websites, and no one really seems to have a problem with their take at all. In fact they LIKE the animation. None of my Chinese friends have a problem with it either.
                                      We know it's a Disney film - with songs and creative license and talking dragons. But we also know that it doesn't come from a place of malice, nor is it 'really inaccurate' because... it's kind of 'fantasy China'. It's like how I don't think a big population of Nordic people are raging at Marvel for their portrayal of Thor as a superhero, because it's kind of a different thing.

                                      Like if Disney were going to REMAKE their take on King Arthur for example, I'd expect a remake of *Sword in the Stone* and not some realistic portrayal of 'historically accurate Arhurian legend' to... be culturally aware of English people?

                                      I just... don't really see *who* Disney is aiming at with all this Mulan "remake" business. Clearly it's not REALLY aimed at China (a sweet $ide bonu$, maybe) but it really seems primarily aimed at Western markets with the PERCEPTION that Disney's "making a culturally accurate and woke Mulan!"... but at the end of the day kind of pleasing nobody?

                                      • A W
                                        A W  2 days back

                                        Blue Shirt Guy understands

                                        • Hai Paw
                                          Hai Paw  2 days back

                                          I do think this mulan is too pretty and feminine to be able to sneak in military camp. Hope they found someone who is beautiful and look handsome when they dress as a man.

                                          • G H
                                            G H  2 days back

                                            I agree w that one dude who said about the live action destroying looks like ass imo..If i wanted to watch a live action I would watch the live action movie about about mulan I would actually watch made in china a couple yrs ago that got tons of awards. Is pretty awesome

                                            • gaby. riela
                                              gaby. riela  2 days back

                                              I really like the little girl's answer. She was sure that Disney wouldn't be able to completely depicts chinese culture, since 'Mulan originates from China, and the process of thought' is different.

                                              I know other respondents answer the same more or less, but the way she put it into words just made me think, "Wow. This girl is smart."

                                              • Theo Lumina
                                                Theo Lumina  2 days back

                                                Go to Hong Kong and do the same exact interview, you would be surprised how many people are against or be indifferent about this movie.

                                                • Kuzovaj
                                                  Kuzovaj  2 days back

                                                  That guy in black shirt is stupid. It's not base on the animated version its base on your historical version lmao I think he isn't Chinese

                                                  • Amira Milky
                                                    Amira Milky  2 days back

                                                    Disney is riding a lot on this one because there’s the Westerners who grew up with their image of Mulan from Disney and the Chinese people who grew up learning about Mulan as a historical figure

                                                    • Shiloh King
                                                      Shiloh King  2 days back

                                                      “Live-action movies destroy the animated ones.” So true!!

                                                      • Phương Nguyễn
                                                        Phương Nguyễn  2 days back

                                                        Hold up. Where's the guy that had seen the animated one. I would love to hear his opinion

                                                        • Rizka Sekar
                                                          Rizka Sekar  2 days back

                                                          Liu Yifei supported Hong Kong police's brutality tho, that's alone is a big no from me fam.

                                                          • Cee Lao
                                                            Cee Lao  3 days back

                                                            While it's great that it's more realistic, having a witch as the antagonist opposing Mulan is ridiculous. Can't wait to watch it, though I'm scared incase they butcher it

                                                            • kleine.blume
                                                              kleine.blume  3 days back

                                                              Hey pretty cool vid. Gj dude

                                                              • Sahdah
                                                                Sahdah  3 days back

                                                                Dang, that girl is wise beyond her years! I loved her opinion about how thought processes are different across culture, very insightful.

                                                                • Ekatarina*
                                                                  Ekatarina*  3 days back

                                                                  I don't hate the new Mulan movie. I just don't think that it is really necessary since a live-action movie already exists: Mulan; Rise of a warrior (2009). I highly recommend it it is genius

                                                                  • Jerky Murky
                                                                    Jerky Murky  3 days back

                                                                    You guys all understand that the only reason they have made this MORE like the original folklore story is to sell tickets in china. They didnt make Alladin more like the original tale, or Beauty and the Beast.

                                                                    This is a disingenuous attempt to make billions in china because the live action remakes are making less and less domestically.

                                                                    • LukenZur
                                                                      LukenZur  3 days back

                                                                      first off, its a movie and not a documentary - which clearly will not offer pure authenticity of a culture but more of abstraction of it, like Black Panther; and yes i know Wakanda isn't real but it dabbed into various African cultures :)

                                                                      second - i agree like some has said, she looks too noble/white/too feminine but the attempt is there by Disney to make it look epic and magic - which is what they do and overall, i felt touched from watching the trailer and look forward to watch it

                                                                      • Tromp Entertainment
                                                                        Tromp Entertainment  3 days back

                                                                        Is he using google translate? It’s a very odd interview as there isn’t a microphone that is usually use in interviews it’s a odd way of interviewing people

                                                                        • red 91
                                                                          red 91  3 days back

                                                                          Seems like the Chinese teach their children well academically and culturally very polite, well behaved and smart. Well done China we could learn from you guys.

                                                                          • KING-TURTLE
                                                                            KING-TURTLE  3 days back

                                                                            i like the live action one better - it tells the real story. I cant wait to see this one.. looks much better than the rest of the Disney remake so far

                                                                            • Black Swan
                                                                              Black Swan  4 days back

                                                                              another trailer came out... could you please do this again?

                                                                              • Setano deMont
                                                                                Setano deMont  4 days back

                                                                                I'm sure I already watched Vicky Zhao-Jaycee Chan version years ago.

                                                                                • Mikkah Cho
                                                                                  Mikkah Cho  4 days back

                                                                                  I heard somewhere that the main actress or one of the actresses supports the police violence in Hong Kong, so there would be some boycotting the movie depending where you asked.

                                                                                  Edit: It turns out some Chinese Celebrities were FORCED by the Chinese government...

                                                                                  • xjamira krystalx
                                                                                    xjamira krystalx  4 days back

                                                                                    "gives asian americans a voice" Made me wonder how many american asians there are if any at all.

                                                                                    • tiporari
                                                                                      tiporari  4 days back

                                                                                      No movie will ever faithfully depict the subtle essence of cultures it appropriates, at least not to the full satisfaction of those who cherish that culture. This is true of professions, hobbies, passions and places as well. It doesn't mean it cannot be entertaining whilest being respectful. Just enjoy it as an art form, flaws and all.

                                                                                      • Nesseire
                                                                                        Nesseire  4 days back

                                                                                        I agree with that lady who said that Mulan shouldn´t be to pretty, feminine and elegant, since she should be able to pass as a man without be discovered

                                                                                        • nuitNo.6
                                                                                          nuitNo.6  4 days back

                                                                                          I'm learning Chinese and I can't believe I already understand some of what the natives say for example a 3:19 : 漂亮 piaoliang = pretty

                                                                                          • Bom Italia
                                                                                            Bom Italia  4 days back

                                                                                            I think this is a sad display American companies insult other cultures Non-Stop and yet people can't stop buying their products this is an insult to a Chinese figure no different than the cartoon they're doing the same thing to the Asian culture that they did to us Italians. And that the spokesman come out and said we want to bring life to these cultures yet they're pocketing the money to turn around and build more s*** to make the world come to them like Disney World and Disneyland to profit more off of you wake up this is nothing more than a cash grab

                                                                                            • 007NateNasty
                                                                                              007NateNasty  4 days back

                                                                                              This was very interesting. Thanks for making it.

                                                                                              • Vera Aurelis
                                                                                                Vera Aurelis  4 days back

                                                                                                1:50 Guy in black confirmed what I thought! Ppl who grew up with disney loved that version of Mulan for her character. Yeah it’s not historically accurate but that Mulan has the humor, the confidence, the flaws —all very human traits. Live action Mulan, in the trailers only, looks too cold for me. Plus there’s no Mushu, Cricket and the 3 soldiers for supporting roles, no Captain Shang for the drama/romance. Maybe we’ll get a “historically accurate” Mulan film but I really hope it wouldn’t come out too bland.

                                                                                                Btw I’m not Chinese but South east asian, so I guess Mulan is the closest rep I could relate to lol. And yes, it’s one of my favorite Disney childhood films that I grew up with.