Following the heels of the disappointing release of Disney’s new live-action “Mulan,” comes a Chinese-made animated film that also failed to impress viewers in China.
Real Mulan: Billed as a film that features “real China, real Mulan,” “Kung Fu Mulan” was supposed to correct all the misfires of its Hollywood counterpart but turned into an even bigger disappointment based on audiences’ feedback.
- Gold Valley Films made “Kung Fu Mulan” for just $15 million, relatively a fraction of the cost of the Disney remake, reported Variety.
- On Oct. 3, the film premiered in Chinese theaters during the “golden week” holiday, celebrating National Day.
- Failing to capitalize on the holidays, the film flopped and was pulled from theaters just three days after release.
- “Kung Fu Mulan” has a failing score of 3.2 on Chinese rating site Douban, which is much lower than Disney’s Mulan’s 4.9 rating, RadiiChina reported.
- Critics say the film suffers from a “poorly-constructed plot, oddly animated characters and terrible script.”
Needs improvement: In response to the film’s negative reception, Gold Valley Films acknowledged that the movie’s storyline and production can still be improved, reported South China Morning Post.
- A spokesperson from the studio explained that “Kung Fu Mulan” was the first film that the studio worked on depending entirely on its small team and a limited budget.
- She lamented that they could not afford talents, with the project forcing many employees to work overtime.
- The studio has previously denied that the film’s release was timed in a bid to piggyback on the publicity for Disney’s “Mulan,” as many have suspected.
- “[Disney Mulan’s] reputation has already dropped like this. What do we have to piggyback on?” “Kung Fu Mulan” director Liao Guanghua was quoted as saying last month.
- At the time, the filmmaker said he was confident that their animated movie would fare better than Disney’s version of the fabled Chinese heroine.
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