Director Lulu Wang, author of the acclaimed The Farewell harshly criticizes Ron Howard’s choice to direct a biopic on Chinese pianist Lang Lang, renewing Hollywood’s accusation of cultural appropriation.
Lulu Wang | he can’t take it anymore. “It’s 2020 and I’m fucking exhausted,” she tweeted at the conclusion of one long series of fierce criticisms regarding the choice of the “white” director Ron Howard to tell the story of a Chinese pianist, Lang Lang. Accusations of imperialism, cultural appropriation, and of not having “understood anything from the experience of Mulan”, He film Disney in live action di Niki Caro which has gained a cold reception in China, from which the ancient heroin legend originates.
The director of the appreciated The Farewell, seen at the Rome Festival, he wrote, “As a classical pianist born in China, I believe it is impossible to tell Lang Lang’s story without an intimate knowledge of Chinese culture and the impact of the Cultural Revolution on artists and intellectuals, as well as the effects of Western Imperialism. Just saying. ” Not that she wanted to direct it instead, the film, as she pointed out, “I just don’t think they are the right artists to capture the cultural specificities of northeastern China, from which Lang Lang (and my family) are native. Not to mention the cultural aspect of the physical violence he grew up in. “
He then continued, “Have we learned NOTHING from Mulan? I didn’t say anything because many people I love have been involved, but I have to do it. I MUST. Because we’re in 2020… and I’m fucking exhausted ”. But who wrote this story so tied to the protagonist’s roots? The writers of Power Rangers, Michele Mulroney e Kieran Mulroney, who adapted the memoirs of the pianist, published in Italy by Feltrinelli with the title My story.
Lang Lang himself is involved as an executive producer as well he spent words of thanks for the director, “this film, thanks to Ron Howard’s vision, will inspire young people around the world to pursue their dreams”.
As a classically-trained pianist born in China, I believe it’s impossible to tell Lang Lang’s story without an intimate understanding of Chinese culture + the impact of the Cultural Revolution on artists & intellectuals + the effects of Western imperialism. Just saying.🧐 https://t.co/63B14TCsRB– Lulu Wang (@thumbelulu) September 22, 2020
Have we learned NOTHING from Mulan? I haven’t said anything because yes representation and many people I love are involved, but I just have to. Just HAVE to. Because 2020 man… and I’m fucking exhausted.— Lulu Wang (@thumbelulu) September 22, 2020