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China's film industry will struggle to recover from coronavirus shutdown

Screens have been dark since Lunar New Year while people watch pirated versions

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Liu Yifei at the premiere for Mulan in Los Angeles on March 9: The growing impact of coronavirus will likely hurt Disney's box office ambition.   © Reuters

Disney has poured $200 million into its live-action remake of Mulan, about a young Chinese woman who joins the army in her father's place, in hopes of wooing Chinese moviegoers. The film features an all-Asian cast and Disney even cut a romantic scene for the local audience. But the growing impact of coronavirus will likely trample Disney's box office ambition, just as it is trampling China's.

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