Nearly two weeks ago, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was released – 95%. That film has been a huge step forward in Asian representation issues for both Marvel Studios and Hollywood in general. The first film with a majority Asian cast was Madly Millionaires – 93%. The success of that film was definitely one of the factors that allowed something like Shang-chi could exist.
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The point is that one of the regions for which the film was made in this sense is China. The point is that, as we all know, the film has not been released there. One of the main reasons is the strong censorship that exists in that country and the character’s past. The reality is that in the original comics, Shang-Chi’s father is one of the racial stereotypes derived from the most infamous yellow danger of the 20th century: Fu Manchu. In modern times, Marvel changed the name of that character and removed the most problematic elements. The problem is that in that nation they are still afraid that the film may have that racist element.
In fact, Kevin Feige had to assure a Chinese film critic that Fu Manchu is not going to be part of the film nor do they have any interest in appearing:
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Fu Manchu is not a character that we possess or that we want to possess. It was changed in the comics many many years ago. We never intended it to be part of this movie. Fu Manchu is definitely not in this movie, he is not Shang-Chi’s father and, I reiterate, he is not a Marvel character nor has he been for decades.
To that we have to add that in recent times a Chinese nationalist organization brought to light an old interview that Simu Liu gave to CBC a few years ago. In it he spoke of the vicissitudes his parents faced growing up in communist China:
[Mis padres me contaban] about what it was like to grow up in communism in China, where you had people starving. They lived in the third world, and believed that Canada was a guajiro dream.
That made many people there have a very negative opinion of the actor and that everyone assumed that the film was never going to be released in China. The government of that country is not very affectionate to say to those who criticize it. Of course, many people have said that his words are out of context and that he was talking about a different time in that country.
In light of that controversy, the actor uploaded a message of support to his fans in China to his Instagram stories (via .) and reminded people not to let the media polarize them. Here we leave that message:
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.
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