'The Farewell' Cinema Release Postponed in China

By Bryan Grogan, November 27, 2019

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The Farewell, one of the most hotly anticipated Chinese cinema releases of the year, has been postponed until further notice. No updated release date has yet been given. 

The film was set to go up against Disney movie, Frozen 2, on its opening weekend. That film raked in USD53.2 million on its opening weekend, the largest-ever opening for a Disney animated movie, while beating out its predecessor, Frozen, which took in just USD48 million in its entire theatrical run in China. 

The postponement of The Farewell may be a boon for the movie. The A24 release has been praised for its realistic depiction of Chinese family life and going up against the selling power of the Frozen franchise may have drawn viewers away from the Awkwafina-fronted flick. 

Elsewhere, as reported by Abacus, netizens were brewing up a storm on notorious streaming site Bilibili, commenting on Awkwafina’s appearance. Hateful comments ranged from asking how old the Ocean’s 8 star is, to saying that she should speak English as well as calling the star ugly.

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Image via @深度电影圈/Weibo

It’s not the first time that netizens have attacked a celebrity for their looks. Earlier this year, internet users were outraged by the casting of Simu Liu in the lead role in upcoming Marvel movieShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Elsewhere, folks were similarly outraged by the appearance of models Gao Qizhen and Li Jingwen, whose looks were viewed as being unconventional and, for some commenters, ugly. 

READ MORE: Vogue Instagram Post Sparks Chinese Beauty Debate Online

[Cover image via A24/IMDb]

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