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Lulu Wang: Why is Ron Howard directing Chinese biopic

Director Lulu Wang who catapulted herself to the A list of Hollywood with The Farewell is wondering aloud why a White director has been chosen to direct a biopic about a Chinese classical pianist.

The Journey of a Thousand Miles is the story of world renowned pianist Lang Lang and is based on a story from Lang himself and David Ritz.

“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,” Wang tweeted.

Wang went on to compare the situation of Ron Howard directing Journey of a Thousand Miles to Niki Caro directing Mulan. Mulan has been criticized for its cultural misrepresentations and historical inaccuracies.

She maintains she does not want to direct Journey of a Thousand Miles, that’s not her reason for bringing it up.

Imagine Entertainment has not responded to Wang’s comments. Howard is behind such good movies as Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind.

Wang’s Farewell won praise for its accurate cultural representation and the nuances it accurately portrayed in both Chinese and Chinese American cultures.

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