History Film / Mulan

16th Mar '17 10:36:17 PM jormis29
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''This page is about the 2009 Chinese film. For the Disney film, see ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''.''

''Mulan'' is a 2009 Chinese film starring Vicki Creator/ZhaoWei as legendary heroine Hua Mulan. The Rouran tribes are invading Imperial China, so every family in Wei receives a conscription order requiring one male from each household to serve in the army. Hua Mulan has no brothers, but she doesn't want her aging and sick veteran father to go to war again, so she steals his sword and armor, and goes in his place, disguised as a man.

Mulan rises through the ranks of the army, alongside her commanding officer Wentai. Meanwhile, the Rouran prince Mengdu plots to lead his tribes from the north to the fertile areas of Wei.

It was released in the West on a Bluray/DVD Combo Pack as ''Mulan: Rise of a Warrior'' by Funimation in 2013.

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!!Tropes used include:

* ActionGirl: Mulan.
* AnnoyingArrows: Mulan was hit with two arrows but still kept going.
* AnyoneCanDie: Beside Mulan and Wentai, no one is safe.
* ArcWord: "Emotion is decimating on the battlefield"
* ArrangedMarriage: [[spoiler:Wentai]] turns out to be the emperor’s son, and obligated to marry the Rouran princess to secure peace between their peoples.
* BattleCouple: Mulan and Wentai, although their relationship consists primarily of lots of {{UST}} and bottled-up feelings for each other.
* BeautifulDreamer: Wentai has a sequence like this when Mulan is recovering from her wounds and he is tending to her.
%%* {{Bifauxnen}}:
* BigBad: Mengdu, TheEvilPrince of the Rouran tribe.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The war between Rouran and Wei was stopped, but Wentai has to marry the Rouran princess instead of his true love, and Mulan's friends were killed. ]]
* BlackVikings: The Rouran king has a white guy for a court musician, played by Russian-Ukrainian singer Vitas. It's not ''too'' implausible given that Northern Asia and Eastern Europe are side by side.
* CavalryRefusal: [[spoiler: The reason Mulan's DefensiveFeintTrap fails.]]
* DefensiveFeintTrap: Mulan plans one in the final battle. [[spoiler:It fails due to CavalryRefusal.]]
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler:Mulan rejects Wentai so he will marry the Rouran princess and end the war. He does get ''a'' girl, but not the one he loved or wanted.]]
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Mulan does this to infiltrate the Rouran camp.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Wentai.]]
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: A version of this trope occurs when Wentai treats Mulan after she is dangerously wounded – this intimate encounter is what causes them to open up and show their feelings for each other.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Wentai get one after a battle with the Rourans.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: Mengdu is often seen dressed in black while his sister is dressed in white. Take a wild guess who lives.
* HeroicBSOD: Mulan has one after [[spoiler: Wentai is apparently killed.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Tiger's squadron refuse to call for help even in the peril of being tortured to death. Turtle tries to help but is quickly killed by arrows. They all die in front of Mulan.
* HeldGaze: Mulan and Wentai, especially in the final scenes.
* HonorBeforeReason: As this is a Chinese film, there are several moments that may look like this to the Western viewer.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Turtle was initially a spoiled brat, but when his uncle died, he stopped being one, [[spoiler: even going out to try to save Tiger before being killed by the Rourans.]]
* LeeroyJenkins / NiceJobBreakingItHero: Upon hearing that Wentai's troops have been ambushed, but she has been ordered to stay and guard the baggage train, Mulan disregards the order and goes to help Wentai anyway, returning to find that the baggage train has been attacked in her absence. This is one of the things that kicks off her HeroicBSOD.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Mulan's father objects to her learning kung fu, saying no-one will marry her.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Mulan and Tiger (although depending on you [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation interpretation]], this could be a case of Tiger being an UnluckyChildhoodFriend and Mulan being ObliviousToLove).
%%* ProtagonistTitle
* RainOfArrows: Used by both Rouran and Wei army to great effect.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Mengdu, the bloodthirsty Rouran prince, and [[spoiler: Wentai, seventh prince of Wei, deputy leader of the camp, later general.]]
* RunawayFiance: [[spoiler:Wentai tries to escape his arranged marriage to run away with Mulan]]. Subverted when she [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim shuts him down]] and he returns home.
* SecretKeeper: Mulan's friend Tiger (Xiaohu).
* SpoiledBrat: Turtle in the beginning. His uncle was the leader of the camp. When he found out his gem plate was missing, he threatened his companions with death sentences.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler:Mulan and Wentai]].
* TheStarscream / {{Patricide}}: [[spoiler: Mengdu murders his father so he can take over leadership of the Rouran.]]
* SweetPollyOliver: Mulan
%%* WarIsHell
* WhatTheHellHero: After Mulan has her HeroicBSOD and neglects training the soldiers under her command, her old friend Tiger does this to snap her out of it.
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''This page is about the 2009 Chinese film. For the Disney film, see ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''.''

''Mulan'' is a 2009 Chinese film starring Vicki Creator/ZhaoWei as legendary heroine Hua Mulan. The Rouran tribes are invading Imperial China, so every family in Wei receives a conscription order requiring one male from each household to serve in the army. Hua Mulan has no brothers, but she doesn't want her aging and sick veteran father to go to war again, so she steals his sword and armor, and goes in his place, disguised as a man.

Mulan rises through the ranks of the army, alongside her commanding officer Wentai. Meanwhile, the Rouran prince Mengdu plots to lead his tribes from the north to the fertile areas of Wei.

It was released in the West on a Bluray/DVD Combo Pack as ''Mulan: Rise of a Warrior'' by Funimation in 2013.

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!!Tropes used include:

* ActionGirl: Mulan.
* AnnoyingArrows: Mulan was hit with two arrows but still kept going.
* AnyoneCanDie: Beside Mulan and Wentai, no one is safe.
* ArcWord: "Emotion is decimating on the battlefield"
* ArrangedMarriage: [[spoiler:Wentai]] turns out to be the emperor’s son, and obligated to marry the Rouran princess to secure peace between their peoples.
* BattleCouple: Mulan and Wentai, although their relationship consists primarily of lots of {{UST}} and bottled-up feelings for each other.
* BeautifulDreamer: Wentai has a sequence like this when Mulan is recovering from her wounds and he is tending to her.
%%* {{Bifauxnen}}:
* BigBad: Mengdu, TheEvilPrince of the Rouran tribe.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The war between Rouran and Wei was stopped, but Wentai has to marry the Rouran princess instead of his true love, and Mulan's friends were killed. ]]
* BlackVikings: The Rouran king has a white guy for a court musician, played by Russian-Ukrainian singer Vitas. It's not ''too'' implausible given that Northern Asia and Eastern Europe are side by side.
* CavalryRefusal: [[spoiler: The reason Mulan's DefensiveFeintTrap fails.]]
* DefensiveFeintTrap: Mulan plans one in the final battle. [[spoiler:It fails due to CavalryRefusal.]]
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler:Mulan rejects Wentai so he will marry the Rouran princess and end the war. He does get ''a'' girl, but not the one he loved or wanted.]]
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Mulan does this to infiltrate the Rouran camp.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Wentai.]]
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: A version of this trope occurs when Wentai treats Mulan after she is dangerously wounded – this intimate encounter is what causes them to open up and show their feelings for each other.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Wentai get one after a battle with the Rourans.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: Mengdu is often seen dressed in black while his sister is dressed in white. Take a wild guess who lives.
* HeroicBSOD: Mulan has one after [[spoiler: Wentai is apparently killed.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Tiger's squadron refuse to call for help even in the peril of being tortured to death. Turtle tries to help but is quickly killed by arrows. They all die in front of Mulan.
* HeldGaze: Mulan and Wentai, especially in the final scenes.
* HonorBeforeReason: As this is a Chinese film, there are several moments that may look like this to the Western viewer.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Turtle was initially a spoiled brat, but when his uncle died, he stopped being one, [[spoiler: even going out to try to save Tiger before being killed by the Rourans.]]
* LeeroyJenkins / NiceJobBreakingItHero: Upon hearing that Wentai's troops have been ambushed, but she has been ordered to stay and guard the baggage train, Mulan disregards the order and goes to help Wentai anyway, returning to find that the baggage train has been attacked in her absence. This is one of the things that kicks off her HeroicBSOD.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Mulan's father objects to her learning kung fu, saying no-one will marry her.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Mulan and Tiger (although depending on you [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation interpretation]], this could be a case of Tiger being an UnluckyChildhoodFriend and Mulan being ObliviousToLove).
%%* ProtagonistTitle
* RainOfArrows: Used by both Rouran and Wei army to great effect.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Mengdu, the bloodthirsty Rouran prince, and [[spoiler: Wentai, seventh prince of Wei, deputy leader of the camp, later general.]]
* RunawayFiance: [[spoiler:Wentai tries to escape his arranged marriage to run away with Mulan]]. Subverted when she [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim shuts him down]] and he returns home.
* SecretKeeper: Mulan's friend Tiger (Xiaohu).
* SpoiledBrat: Turtle in the beginning. His uncle was the leader of the camp. When he found out his gem plate was missing, he threatened his companions with death sentences.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler:Mulan and Wentai]].
* TheStarscream / {{Patricide}}: [[spoiler: Mengdu murders his father so he can take over leadership of the Rouran.]]
* SweetPollyOliver: Mulan
%%* WarIsHell
* WhatTheHellHero: After Mulan has her HeroicBSOD and neglects training the soldiers under her command, her old friend Tiger does this to snap her out of it.
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13th Mar '17 8:45:10 PM fusilcontrafusil
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* BlackVikings: The Rouran king has a white guy for a court musician, played by Russian-Ukrainian singer Vitas. It's not ''too'' implausible given that Northern Asia and Eastern Europe are side by side.
19th Jan '17 7:09:31 PM TotemicHero
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* HeroicSacrifice: Tiger's squadron refuse to call for help even in the peril of being tortured to death. Turtle tries to help but was quickly killed by arrows. They all die in front of Mulan.

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* HeroicSacrifice: Tiger's squadron refuse to call for help even in the peril of being tortured to death. Turtle tries to help but was is quickly killed by arrows. They all die in front of Mulan.
19th Jan '17 7:08:43 PM TotemicHero
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The war between Rouran and Wei was stopped, but Wentai have to marry the Rouran princess instead of his true love, and Mulan's friends was killed. ]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The war between Rouran and Wei was stopped, but Wentai have has to marry the Rouran princess instead of his true love, and Mulan's friends was were killed. ]]



* HeroicSacrifices: Tiger's squadron refuse to call for help even in the peril of being tortured to death. Turtle tries to help but was quickly killed by arrows. They all die in front of Mulan.

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* HeroicSacrifices: HeroicSacrifice: Tiger's squadron refuse to call for help even in the peril of being tortured to death. Turtle tries to help but was quickly killed by arrows. They all die in front of Mulan.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Turtle was initially a spoiled brat, but when his uncle died, he stopped being one, [[spoiler: even went out to try to save Tiger before being killed by the Rourans.]]

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Turtle was initially a spoiled brat, but when his uncle died, he stopped being one, [[spoiler: even went going out to try to save Tiger before being killed by the Rourans.]]
20th Oct '16 2:12:07 PM Silverblade2
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* {{Bifauxnen}}: Take a wild guess

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* ProtagonistTitle

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18th Oct '16 11:25:13 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* {{Bifauxnen}}: Take a wild guess.

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* {{Bifauxnen}}: Take a wild guess.guess
* BigBad: Mengdu, TheEvilPrince of the Rouran tribe.


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* ProtagonistTitle
31st Jul '16 11:46:54 PM Az_Tech341
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* SpoiledBrat: Turtle in the beginning. His uncle was the leader of the camp. When he found out his gem plate was missing, he threatened his companions with death sentence.

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* SpoiledBrat: Turtle in the beginning. His uncle was the leader of the camp. When he found out his gem plate was missing, he threatened his companions with death sentence.sentences.



* WarIsHell

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* %%* WarIsHell
27th Jul '15 3:55:54 AM Morgenthaler
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''Mulan'' is a 2009 Chinese film starring Vicki ZhaoWei as legendary heroine Hua Mulan. The Rouran tribes are invading Imperial China, so every family in Wei receives a conscription order requiring one male from each household to serve in the army. Hua Mulan has no brothers, but she doesn't want her aging and sick veteran father to go to war again, so she steals his sword and armor, and goes in his place, disguised as a man.

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''Mulan'' is a 2009 Chinese film starring Vicki ZhaoWei Creator/ZhaoWei as legendary heroine Hua Mulan. The Rouran tribes are invading Imperial China, so every family in Wei receives a conscription order requiring one male from each household to serve in the army. Hua Mulan has no brothers, but she doesn't want her aging and sick veteran father to go to war again, so she steals his sword and armor, and goes in his place, disguised as a man.
24th May '15 12:25:51 PM Morgenthaler
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8th May '15 12:06:26 AM DoppleDelta
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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Mengdu is often seen dressed in black while his sister is dressed in white. Take a wild guess who lives.


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* GoodColorsEvilColors: Mengdu is often seen dressed in black while his sister is dressed in white. Take a wild guess who lives.
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