While fans of Disney’s Mulan world-wide will be sulking as they can’t watch the film in theatres, here’s some good news for those in China. On Monday, Disney confirmed that its live-action has been approved to release in Chinese cinemas soon.
This approval makes China the most significant territory where the film will receive a theatrical outing. Mulan has not yet been granted an official release date in the Middle Kingdom.
Disney tried to strike the right tone announcing the forthcoming premiere on its official Weibo social media account by writing in faux-poetic language to mimic the original Mulan ballad’s traditional character.
As per a post on Variety, the text read: “When the magnolia blossom opens, it lives up to its reputation and arrives as promised.” The company wrote in the four-character spurts of classical verse, referencing the bloom that shares a Chinese name with the titular heroine. The post also read: “[‘Mulan’’s] import is confirmed and it will soon burst into bloom in theatres; looking forward to meeting you!”
After multiple delays because of COVID-19, Disney announced that the remake of its 1998 animated classic will release on its streaming service Disney Plus for $29.99 starting September 4. It also said it would release the film theatrically in territories where cinemas are open and Disney Plus is not available.
So as of now, Mulan has confirmed the theatrical release of the film in a few other Asian markets, including Singapore and Malaysia on September 4. If this live-action hits China at the same time, it will be in direct competition with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is set to premiere in the country on the same day.
The official China poster of Mulan was released on Monday and it was ridiculed online as ‘ugly’ and ‘dated.’