The Chinese market became extremely important to Hollywood in the last decade, and Marvel has been very successful with its superhero movies. However, the first tape they dedicated to a Chinese character, Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings – 95%, it has not been released in the country, for various reasons ranging from the racist past of the villain Wenwu (who in the comics was Fu Manchu) to comments from the leading actor, Simu Liu.
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At the moment there is no news about a possible launch in China, but what there is are testimonials from people who have already seen the film and expressed their approval and enthusiasm. Contrary to those who say that it is an offense against Chinese culture, it is a tribute and celebration.
According to Variety, some of the comments from Chinese fans said it was “unexpectedly good,” and others said it was the most respectful portrayal of Chinese culture on a Western film in a long time. I saw no insults to China, I only saw praise for China ”, one commented, and others applauded that there were several dialogues in their language.
Mulan – 83%, another American production set in China, was mentioned in the comments, as it was a disappointment for them: “the treatment of Chinese elements in Shang-Chi was much better than that of Mulan,” said one, and another expressed that although the accent of the Chinese born in the United States and Hong Kong was a little difficult to understand, it had been done “with sincerity”.
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In addition to the aforementioned problematic character Wenwu, Simu Liu’s comments that angered the Asian country were those he made in a GQ video, where he said that his favorite Asian snack was Vitasoy brand lemon tea. Two months before the interview, the company mourned the death of a Hong Kong employee who stabbed a police officer and then committed suicide, which earned it the label of being “anti-China.”
But more scandalous than his favorite snack, was what Simu Liu said in an interview in 2017, that his parents told him that the “communist” regime people were starving. For these reasons it is possible that Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings do not see the light in China. However, as we have already seen, this is a film that Chinese Marvel fans would have enjoyed on the big screen.
In view of all the news related to the censorship of Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings In China, Simu Liu also used his Instagram to say that many Chinese followers have expressed their support for him. This is what one of his stories had to say:
What the Western news media often fail to report is the sheer surge of support we have received from all over the world, including people from China. All around us, the media narratives are polarizing us and turning us against each other. But I have seen the kindness and empathy that all people possess. And I know that we have fans all over the world who can’t wait to see the movie and make history with us. Whether you’re looking for positivity or toxicity on social media. You will find it. Thanks to all Marvel fans in China and around the world. We love.
Before the end of the year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe still has two films to be released, the first is Eternals, which could also be banned in China by its director, Chloé Zhao, who in 2013 said in an interview with Filmmaker Magazine that in his adolescence in the country was surrounded by lies.
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