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Hong Kong protesters call for boycott of Kiwi-made Mulan over star's support for police



Hong Kong protesters are calling for a complete boycott of the upcoming Disney flick Mulan, over the star of the film's recent political comments.

The ongoing protests were labeled the "last battle" and the fight to prevent China from encroaching on the city's freedoms.

Liu Yifei, the star of the film, which was shot in New Zealand and directed by award-winning Kiwi Niki Caro, weighed in on the situation and voiced her support for the Hong Kong shelves.

"I support the Hong Kong shelves," Yifei said. "You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong," she wrote on Chinese social media platform Weibo.

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The upcoming Disney flick Mulan filmed in New Zealand and directed by award-winning Kiwi Niki Caro could be boycotted by Hong Kong fans.

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The upcoming Disney flick Mulan filmed in New Zealand and directed by award-winning Kiwi Niki Caro could be boycotted by Hong Kong fans.

Fans of the actor then started a #BoycottMulan movement on Twitter and called fans to turn their backs on the movie.

One user said Yifei's comments support "police brutality and oppression in Hong Kong".

Others focused on her American citizenship.

"Enjoying freedom and democracy in the US while suppressing Hong Kong people who are fighting for freedom and democracy," another wrote.

After a new law was proposed that would allow criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China, thousands of protesters blocked entry to Hong Kong's government headquarters. Hong Kong police fired pepper spray and other weapons at protesters as tensions ramped up.

The protests also disrupted a number of travelers as flights were canceled and the entire airport was closed for two days.

Yifei was cast in the movie alongside 26-year-old actor Yoson An, who moved to New Zealand from China when he was seven.

The remake began filming in New Zealand in 2018, and the official trailer showed off many parts of the Kiwi countryside. The movie was a great source of employment for the South Island.

Mackenzie District Mayor Graham Smith previously said there would be a "big contingent" of people in the region for the movie.


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