Disney’s “experiment” doesn’t have all the variables going for it. By giving it an exclusively theatrical premiere, the Casa de las Ideas declared weeks ago that the box office performance of Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings it would help to define which distribution model is more convenient. However, the Chinese market has not welcomed any films from Phase 4 of the MCU, which greatly hurts its profits worldwide. And the worst thing is that the actor’s comments Simu liu become less likely than Shang-chi I made my debut in the Asian nation.
Deadline reports that past statements by the actor – specifically, from 2017 – resurfaced on social networks and caused a stir in China. Four years ago, Simu Liu held an interview with the Canadian media CBC where he expressed himself negatively about the communist regime in that country. Liu left China at an early age to settle and grow up in Canada with his family. However, from his parents he heard those comments that this week put him between a rock and a hard place.
Sam Liu confessed to CBC that his parents referred to China as a nation “Third world” where the people are “starving”.
Rumors have circulated for a long time that the Chinese government would never allow the premiere of Shang-chi in its territory. In May 2021, even reports arrived on a list of future releases in China of American films, where that Marvel Studios title was bluntly omitted. It was not clear what motivated the displeasure of the authorities of this country with Shang-chi. Perhaps it influenced that the original comic is based on racial stereotypes. Either way, Simu Liu’s comments could be the padlock that definitely closes the doors of that juicy market.
The next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Eternals, it also boasts few possibilities of releasing in China. Let us remember that, overnight, your director Chloé zhao —Born in China— went from being cheered to being declared a persona non grata, shortly after winning the Oscars with Nomadland. Similar to what happened with Simu Liu, past comments emerged from the filmmaker where she criticized her native country, calling it “a place where there are lies everywhere” (via).
In Mexico, Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings managed to add $ 45.4 million pesos and 653,500 tickets sold in its first four days. Its premiere in national theaters occurred on September 2. Come on here to read the review of Cine PREMIERE.
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