Actor Simi Liu delivered a message to his Chinese fans on Twitter and addressed some critics’ concerns about the upcoming film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
Marvel Studios’ surprise release of the trailer for the new martial arts superhero has a lot of fans excited for its likable cast and action-packed scenes, based on reactions to the uploaded YouTube video.
In the U.S., the film has been lauded for its representation of Asians, something a lot of fans have been clamoring to have in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years now. The cast included Liu as the lead, Awkwafina, Ronny Chieng, Michelle Yeoh and more.
However, the response for the film has reportedly been quite different in China, where some fans have been complaining that it features Asian actors who were born and/or raised in western countries, reports We Got This Covered.
The first trailer itself on the MarvelTW and Marvel Studios Hong Kong YouTube accounts generated thousands of dislikes, as pointed out by Reddit user u/alanjinqq.
Out of approximately 7,100 people who weighed in on Marvel’s Taiwan channel, roughly 4,200 of them disliked the trailer, which translates to about a 41% approval rating.
Meanwhile, 1,200 of the 2,300 people on Marvel’s Hong Kong channel hit the dislike button, registering about a 48% approval rating.
In a recent Twitter post, the Chinese-Canadian star sent out a message to Chinese fans as well as the film’s critics.
Constantly in a state of wishing I spoke better Chinese but just wanted to say xiexie anyway 🙂 pic.twitter.com/wfU4cCL8IG
— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) April 26, 2021
Liu delivered the message in Mandarin, which according to GameRant translates to: “I want to thank all of our Chinese fans for their support and encouragement. To the other people who are rooting for our failure, I don’t have much to say, just wait and see.”
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” which tells the story of a skilled martial artist superhero, will hit cinemas on Sept. 3.