I don’t think I’ve ever watched the animated classic from 1998, as I wasn’t much of a Disney fan when I was younger, which at least means I won’t be comparing the old and the new. And this live action remake – directed by Niki Caro – does look gorgeous, and epic in scale.
Mulan (based on an old Chinese poem, The Ballad of Mulan) is about a Chinese girl who disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father, when every family is ordered to send one man to fight. The title character is played by Chinese-American actress Yifei Liu, chosen after a worldwide casting search.
Watch the trailer and scroll down for character posters:
Here’s the synopsis:
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Chinese Army to defend the country from Huns, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. She is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. Disguised as a man by the name of Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her innermost strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.
Mulan stars Yifei Liu as Mulan, Donnie Yen as Commander Tungans, Gong Li as Xian Lang, Jet Li as the Emperor, Yosan An as Chen Honghui. The movie is directed by Niki Caro.