Hollywood’s largest film studio continues its relationship with censorship and political correctness.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Disney has cut a kissing scene from its upcoming Chinese release of Mulan, after the Chinese government demanded the change.
The original cut of the film included a romantic scene in which the lead character Mulan (Liu Yifei) shared a kiss with her love interest, Chen Honghui (Yoson An).
However, Director Niki Caro said that the scene was cut because Chinese officials told Disney the scene “doesn’t feel right to the Chinese people.”
“It was very beautiful, but the China office went, ‘No, you can’t, that doesn’t feel right to the Chinese people.’ So we took it out.” Caro said.
Disney has invested a massive production budget of 200 million dollars that the studio will need the Chinese Market to see a profit on their expenses. Chinese influence in the American film industry hit an all-time high in 2016 when the Chinese government invested $4.78 billion into Hollywood production.
China isn’t the only entity that Disney is trying to keep happy. The studio also removed a key character from the film due to concerns about backlash from the progressive #MeToo movement.
General Li Shang has been split into two new characters in the upcoming remake due to concerns that his character would upset those who are sensitive about on-screen relationships involving people in roles of authority.
Producer Jason Reed explains:
“We split Li Shang into two characters. One became Commander Tung (Donnie Yen) who serves as her surrogate father and mentor in the course of the movie. The other is Honghui (Yoson An) who is Mulan’s equal in the squad.”
“I think particularly in the time of the #MeToo movement, having a commanding officer that is also the sexual love interest was very uncomfortable and we didn’t think it was appropriate.”
Mulan is scheduled to be released in the United States and China on March 27, 2020.