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The filmmaker "The Farewell" would prefer an Asian filmmaker to take up the life story of the pianist Lang Lang on the big screen.

News that Ron Howard will be directing an upcoming biographical drama about the life of famous Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang has been criticized on social media by writer and director Lulu Wang. Filmmaker "The Farewell" took to Twitter to express his frustration with a white director like Howard, who is the creative force behind a film about the Asian experience.

"As a classically trained pianist born in China, I believe that it is impossible to tell Lang Lang's story without fully understanding Chinese culture and the impact of the Cultural Revolution on artists and intellectuals and the impact of Western imperialism," wrote Wang. "Just saying."

Wang added that her review had nothing to do with wanting to direct the Lang Lang film herself and wrote, “I don't (want to direct). I just don't think these are the artists who have to deal with the cultural features of northeast China that Lang Lang (and my family) came from. Or with the cultural aspect of physical violence in his upbringing. "

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"Haven't we learned ANYTHING from" Mulan "?" Wang asked, referring to Disney's live-action remake, directed by Niki Caro. "I didn't say anything because representation and a lot of the people I love are involved, but I just have to. Just MUST. Because 2020 man … and I'm damn exhausted."

Howard's Lang Lang film is written by Power Rangers writers Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney, based on the pianist's memoir, Journey of a Thousand Miles. Lang Lang is associated with the project as executive producer and even thanked Ron Howard in a statement that read, “Dream big, work hard and always believe in yourself. Thanks to Ron Howard's vision, this film will inspire young people around the world to follow their dreams and never forget that they are one in a million. "

"Lang Lang's story is about determination, passion, sacrifice and the search for the inner strength to surpass the odds," added Howard and his production partner Brian Grazer THR in a joint statement. "This film is a bridge between two cultures that share universal truths about the gauntlets we face in our pursuit of greatness."

See Wang's reactions to the Lang Lang film in the posts below. IndieWire has contacted the filmmaker for additional comments.

As a classically trained pianist who was born in China, I believe that it is impossible to tell Lang Lang's story without fully understanding Chinese culture + the impact of the Cultural Revolution on artists and intellectuals + the impact of Western imperialism. Just saying. «Https://t.co/63B14TCsRB

– Lulu Wang (@thumbelulu) September 22, 2020

Did we learn NOTHING from Mulan? I didn't say anything because there is representation and a lot of the people I love involved, but I just have to do it. Just MUST. Because 2020 man … and I'm fucking exhausted.

– Lulu Wang (@thumbelulu) September 22, 2020

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