Disney's new live-action remake of "Mulan" is generating not only a lot of buzz, but also scrutiny including accusations that it was partly filmed in Xinjiang, a region where China's alleged abuses take place against Uighur Muslims.
Chinese movie-goers at theatres said they were overall supportive of the film and that "politics" shouldn't be involved in its reception.
The new movie, which is meant to appeal to local audiences in the country, has been the subject of a global backlash over its star's support of Hong Kong police.
The use of hashtags "#BoycottMulan" and "#BanMulan" on Twitter, promoted by activists in Hong Kong including Joshua Wong, as well as people in Taiwan and Thailand.
Hong Kong film critic Philip Ho said the political controversy the "Mulan" is facing would affect people's perception of the movie, and that due to these reasons, the Chinese government is avoiding since it doesn't want the "negative publicity" to affect themselves.
Asked about the reaction to the film's backlash, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian highly praised Liu for her remarks in support of Hong Kong police, and called her a "contemporary Mulan".
The movie, reported to have cost $200 million to produce, had been scheduled to reach theatres in March, but its release was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last month, Disney said Mulan would skip most theaters and go directly to its Disney+ platform. The movie is set for release in Hong Kong on September 17.