The controversy stems from resurfaced tweets by the film's lead actress Liu Yifei, who voiced support for China and the Hong Kong police during the city's during pro-democracy protests. Calls for the movie to be avoided have been made in Hong Kong, Thailand, and Taiwan. The calls erupted past year when the film's lead actress Liu Yifei expressed support for Hong Kong police, who anti-government demonstrators accuse of using excessive force to quell unrest.
The animated "Mulan" meant so much to me, and the character I grew up loving taught me that being loyal, fearless and true means standing up for what you believe in, no matter the cost.
Pro-democracy protesters have occupied the streets of Hong Kong since March 2019 after the government proposed an extradition bill that would give Hong Kong the power to transfer alleged criminals to mainland China for trial, where courts are known for violating human rights.More news: Watch Miley Cyrus Roast Joe Rogan
Hong Kong returned to Chinese control in 1997, after 156 years of British rule.
But in China, where people were supportive of Yifei's comments previous year, the film is expected to be a hit with audiences. The film is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a female warrior who disguises herself as a man and takes her father's place in the army.
Last month, authorities arrested a prominent Hong Kong activist, Agnes Chow, using a controversial new security law recently imposed by Beijing. That hasn't stopped people from urging #BoycottMulan upon its Disney+ debut. Pro-democracy activists across several Asian countries are calling for a boycott of the film.More news: Covid-19 testing boss blames booking problems on 'significant' rise in demand
Mr Wong has received support from like-minded campaigners in Thailand and Taiwan, part of the so-called Milk Tea Alliance. "I invite everyone to #boycottMulan #banMulan to make Disney and the Chinese government know that state violence against the people is unacceptable", he wrote.
On Friday, Jason T. Reed, a former Disney executive and one of movie's producers, told Yahoo News that he supported Liu.
No gripes against Liu, however, who ably inhabits the character of Mulan, combining great fighting prowess with a fear of being discovered. "Obviously, the tensions between the two entities is very complicated", he began.More news: Afghan officials primed for talks with Taliban after deal on prisoners
Liu Yifei stars as Mulan in the film, with martial arts superstar Donnie Yen playing Commander Tung, a reimagined version of Mulan's love interest Li Shang, who has been retooled for the new film in wake of the Me Too movement.