The film, due for release in March 2020, is a remake of the 1998 Disney cartoon, which traced the journey of a young Chinese woman who joins the army by pretending to be a boy.
The new trailer, released Thursday, covers the main elements of Mulan’s story: Mulan joins the army to save her father from being conscripted then faces down an invasion from the Hun army, led by Jason Scott Lee as Bori Khan and renowned Chinese actress Gong Li as shape-shifting witch Xian Lang.
But while the trailer generated excitement and nostalgia on social media, the response from Hong Kong protesters was strongly negative.
“A Mulan who supports state violence and police brutality is not representing the true spirits of this character: brave, assertive and dedicated,” he said.
Hong Kong protesters have been demanding a boycott of the new Mulan ever since Liu voiced her support for the Hong Kong police.
“You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong,” she said.
The trailer is the second promotional teaser for Mulan. Following its release on Thursday, protesters immediately began to make fan art and photoshop the poster in support of the Hong Kong demonstrations.
“She is not my Mulan!” one Twitter user said.