Starring: Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li
Summary: When the emperor declares that every family must produce a man to serve in the army, Mulan decides to do the unimaginable. The fearless woman disguises herself as a man to join the battle against Northern invaders from China. Mulan takes the place of her ailing father.
Director: Niki Caro
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family
What’s the story?
Mulan 2020 is right around the corner! With every other Disney classic getting a live-adaption, fans of the Mulan series were all also eagerly waiting for a live-action adaption, and of course, Disney has won the hearts of people yet again. Plans for the remake of this masterpiece actually started all the way back in 2010, and now finally it is getting released on March 27, 2020!
Let us take a look at the plot/premise of Mulan 2020:
The Huns attack China, breaching The Great Wall of China. This forces the Chinese emperor to issue a decree, which states that one man from every family of China must serve in the imperial Chinese army. Mulan is not happy about this decree, as the only man in her family is her sickly father. The high-spirited girl decides to take the place of her father. She finds his old armor and disguises herself as a man named Hua Jun. She does eventually manage to get into the Imperial army; however, the journey ahead will be a very hard one!
As you can see in the plot, this is a live-action adaption of the first part of Mulan all the way back from 1998. However, if you have watched the original you might see a slight (or should I say big) change in the premise.
We did not get to see Mushu in the trailers either and, a popular rumor which recently got confirmed is that, Mushu the dragon will sadly not be present in the film. This has greatly saddened all the fans! You cannot make Mulan and not even include Mushu. If you have not watched Mulan and are confused about who Mushu the dragon is then, read below.
In the original animated film, Mushu the dragon is Mulan’s closest companion throughout her journey.
When Mulan’s grandmother finds out about her decision to join the imperial Chinese army, she prays to the ancestors for her protection. The ancestors listen to her prayers and order a small dragon named Mushu to go awaken the legendary stone dragon for Mulan’s protection. The useless small dragon, accidentally destroys the stone dragon. After this mishap, Mushu himself decides to aid Mulan in her journey!
Being a cheerful and clumsy personality, Mushu added a lot of color to the original film.
Is it any good?
Mushu was one of the main characters in the original animated film and, not including him is very infuriating to most of the fans. However, at the same time some fans are happy about the fact that the movie has decided to take a more realistic take on the story.
Whilst Mushu is not present, you can still see a dragon and a phoenix in the trailers. These two creatures are quite different from the original Mushu and they will be used to represent the true Chinese culture.
Unfortunately, we have bad news regarding Mulan’s love interest too! Mulan’s love interest is no longer the fan favorite, Li Shang. Mulan’s love interest has actually been replaced by a character named Chen Honghui. Chen Honghui has been described as a member of commander Tung’s unit who slowly gets close to Mulan. Chen Honghui will be played by an actor from New Zealand named Yoson An.
Other than this, the movie is extremely loved and awaited by fans all over the world. The trailer proved that this live-action adaption of Mulan will have some brilliant visuals and soundtracks. What I love most about this adaption is of course, the cast! In the case of the actress chosen to portray Mulan, Disney really went out of their way to find her. On October 4th, 2016, Disney announced that a global search for a Chinese actress to portray the title role was underway. A team of casting directors visited five continents and saw nearly 1,000 candidates for the role with criteria that required credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak clear English, and star quality. And finally, they found the one! Mulan is being played by the brilliant actress, Liu Yifei. Liu Yifei is an American-Chinese actress and really, a perfect fit to portray Mulan. The other cast members were also carefully handpicked by Disney to give us the best experience.
A huge controversy began when Liu Yifei, the lead female actress in Mulan 2020, showed her support for the Hongkong police. Clashes have been going on in Hongkong for quite a while now. Over the past few months, protesters have faced police brutality head on. Several prominent organizations, including the United Nations human rights office and Amnesty International, have condemned the Hong Kong police’s use of force during the protests. Whilst being tied up and getting beaten by the protestor, Fu Guohao, said:
“I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now.”
This whole situation in Hongkong is a huge mess, which hopefully will get fixed as soon as possible! Liu reshared a post containing the wor ds of Fu Guohao and further added, “I also support the Hongkong police.”. This caused a lot of controversy! Where some supported her and called her a good person, others hated on her and called her a supporter of police brutality.
Many people decided to boycott Mulan. Because of this whole mess, Liu did not attend the 2019 D23 Expo, which gave fans an exclusive first look at the upcoming film.
Whilst waiting for the release of Mulan 2020, let us also not forget about the success of the original film, Mulan 1998.
Mulan 1998 was the ninth animated film by Disney, and a huge success. Mulan was quite well received by critics all over the world and praised for its brilliant art style, character design, soundtracks animation, and story. The film managed to gross over 304 million dollars and it earned a lot of Annie Awards, included best animated feature.
Looking at the success of the original animated movie, you can easily tell that Mulan 2020 will also be a legendary movie. For now, sadly, all we can do is wait.