China Gives a Thumbs Down to Shang-Chi

China Gives a Thumbs Down to Shang-Chi

As I predicted, they hate it on general principle.

For those not in the know, The Global Times (.cn) is China’s international online daily tabloid.  It is published under the auspices of the People’s Daily which is, shall we say, sensitive to the desires of the Communist Party.

This is not to say that it doesn’t have a certain degree of journalistic freedom, (at this point arguably a lot more than is in the US media).  At least you know the monster you are dealing with in the Social Credit system.  No American has any idea who the SJW hive-mind will choose to devour from one minute to the next.

Regardless, when it comes to popculture, The Global Times has a reasonably free hand to report the opinions of the average Han in the streets.

Here was the GT’s reaction to the Shang Chi trailer.

“On China’s popular video platform Bilibili, typical comments included “As I said when Marvel announced the casting — who they pick already said: Hollywood will never change its stereotype of Asians, slanted eyes.” 

‘After seeing a hodgepodge of Japanese ninja, US skyscrapers, gangs and Chinese ancient swordsmen, my brain turned to mush,’ a net user said jokingly. 

Shi Wenxue, a Beijing-based film critic, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the movie could be sold to some for its “oriental elements” and the presence of Tony Leung, who plays the role of Shang-Chi’s father, but whether it can be a success depends on the story itself and how it is told. 

Some Chinese netizens compared Shang-Chi to Mulan, another Disney movie that had ambitions to conquer the Chinese market but eventually failed in both box office and reputation. 

Disney messed up the well-known Chinese story in live-action film Mulan, while its poor artistic level and misrepresentation of Chinese culture led to its failure. Shi believed if the Shang-Chi movie could tell a good superhero story, it could still succeed among certain groups of moviegoers.”

Translation, yeah, it’s gonna suck.

Disney, being overrun by virtue-signaling Baizou, cannot understand the fact that the Chinese don’t want to see American versions of Chinese movies.  They’ve got plenty of their own and Americans never get it right. For them, it’s like watching Turkish Star Trek.

Even with the best will in the world, Americans are going to do it wrong. And trust me on this point, Disney does not have the best will in the world. 

The problem Marvel has is that with the success of Guardians of the Galaxy (which in truth was about as well-known when it launched as Shang-Chi is now), they think they can sell anything to anybody.  Except there is no Chris Pratt in Shang-Chi and James Gunn is off doing other things (which I would rather not think about).

I am certain that the virture signalers that run Disney will be totally shocked that they couldn’t sell their Bruce Lee meets Fu Manchu movie in China.

Okay, I’m done here.

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Comments (15)

  • Dane Reply

    One can hope that the Consoomer Western males will emulate the Chinese.

    Chyyna Numbah Wan, Baizuo Asshoes!

    April 23, 2021 at 2:24 pm
  • Raymond Solar Reply

    Turkish Start Trek has more going for it than Sax Rohmer’s China in Current Year.

    April 23, 2021 at 2:29 pm
  • CAG Reply

    Turkish Star Trek?!?!?!?! That’s a thing??? Wow – tell us more!

    April 23, 2021 at 2:42 pm
    • Raymond Solar Reply

      Japanese Spider-Man
      Italian Spider-Man

      You are too locked into mainstream media if you don’t know about these and Turkish TV Fanfic.

      April 23, 2021 at 2:56 pm
      • GreenG Reply

        i hope you’re being sarcastic.

        August 23, 2021 at 8:03 pm
    • furor kek tonicus Reply

      Bollywood Terminator is best Terminator

      April 23, 2021 at 3:19 pm
  • furor kek tonicus Reply

    typical comments included “As I said when Marvel announced the casting — who they pick already said: Hollywood will never change its stereotype of Asians, slanted eyes.”
    uh, am i to assume that the person who posted this does NOT have slanted eyes?

    April 23, 2021 at 3:18 pm
    • Raymond Solar Reply

      The Han pay greater attention to the presence of the double-fold eyelid. They also have the very best in “Pander Radar”.

      April 23, 2021 at 3:23 pm
    • furor kek tonicus Reply
      huh, monolid eyes are so beautiful that Chinks pay for plastic surgery to get double fold eyes. i also like how their drawing shows the monolid with a blue pupil … that doesn’t happen.

      April 23, 2021 at 10:07 pm
  • Wazdaka Reply

    Is Baizou in the dictionary yet? It needs to be

    April 23, 2021 at 8:59 pm
    • Bonesaw Reply

      The SJWs are getting a bunch of dictionary definitions changed so it meets their world view.
      I’d love to see how they cope with Baizou being added…

      April 24, 2021 at 4:12 am
  • Brick Hardslab Reply

    Shang-Chi looks nothing like the guy in the comics. While Hawkeye looks nothing like Jeremy Renner (the character was modelled after Clint Eastwood) Shang-Chi was modelled after Bruce Lee. I can’t help but think that if they had tried to find a guy a bit more like Bruce he would have been better received. Isn’t Bruce still well regarded?

    I thought Mulan cartoon was well received in China. If they had made a less woke live version would it have been better received?

    April 24, 2021 at 4:01 pm
    • The Dark Herald Reply

      Bruce Lee has a cult following in China. Once a Upon a Time in Hollywood got in trouble with China because the movie had a scene with Bruce Lee losing a fight to Brad Pitt.

      Maybe if Disney had set Shang Chi in the early 1970s and made him a Hong Kong action star with an American wife. But who also was a clandestine crime fighter and had secret past they might have had something. Honestly, they needed to partner with a Chinese studio.

      The reason Mulan tanked in China was that didn’t resemble the animated film at all. #WhereIsMushu? Was all over Bilibili. They made plenty of their own live action versions of the story.

      April 24, 2021 at 4:24 pm
      • Brick Hardslab Reply

        An actor/Kung-fu instructor by day, crime fighter by night? It writes itself. That could have been as good as Daredevil or Captain America Winter Soldier (the best of the movies). There’s still plenty of guys practicing Wu Wei and Jeet kune do, not to mention Wing Chung. It wouldn’t be hard to find someone who could do very Bruce-like choreography. And Heck Donnie Yen looks more like Bruce than the guy they picked.

        April 25, 2021 at 4:40 am
  • furor kek tonicus Reply

    you know what? this whole double / mono lid thing is a red herring anyways.
    whether they have a double lid or not, THEY ALL LOOK ASIAN TO ME. that’s right, i’m saying all you all look like Slants to me.

    April 24, 2021 at 4:44 pm

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