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"Quiet. Composed. Graceful. Disciplined. These are the qualities we see in a good wife. These are the qualities we see in Mulan."
Hua Li: We have excellent news. The matchmaker has found you an auspicious match.
Hua Zhou: It is decided. Come and sit down. It is what is best for our family.
Mulan: Yes, I will bring honor to us all.
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Mulan is an upcoming American war action drama film directed by Niki Caro and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a live-action remake of Disney's 1998 animated film of the same name, itself based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan.

When the Emperor of China (Jet Li) issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders attacking China, Hua Mulan (Liu Yifei), 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. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential.

The cast includes Donnie Yen as Commander Tung and Gong Li as Xian Lang.

It is scheduled for release on March 27, 2020.

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Previews: Teaser.


Mulan (2020) contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: In the teaser, Mulan can be seen fighting an army of invaders, all by herself.
  • Adaptational Nationality: The teaser shows Mulan and her family living in a tulou indicating that they belong to the hakka people from southern China, while the Mulan from the legends originated from northern China, near the Yellow River.
  • Anachronism Stew: All over the place in the teaser, to the point that all in all, it doesn't know 'when' it wants to be.note  To wit...
    • The Tulou structures in the teaser were built from the 12th century onward, while the Ballad of Mulan which is the ultimate source material, is set between the 4th to 6th centuries. On top of that, these structures only exist in the Fujian province of South-Eastern China, which is as far removed from the North as one can imagine, yet the Huns are somehow close by. The Tulou were also inhabited by the Hakka which Mulan is not.note 
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    • One of the shots also features Mulan getting done up in what looks like Tang Dynasty makeup, but said dynasty existed from the 7th to 10th century.
    • Likewise, the attires of the characters are drawn from not one, but several dynastic fashions from different periods.
    • In one scene, Mulan was seen practicing Tai-chi, which wouldn't exist until maybe the 12th century.
    • The counterweight trebuchet used by the invaders dates back to the 12th century at the earliest.
  • Combat Parkour: In the teaser, Mulan can be seen running on rooftops with an unsheathed sword and somersaulting over enemy soldiers in the battlefield.
  • Cool Sword: In the teaser and poster, Mulan is seen wielding a very cool and unique sword, with the disc-shaped guard characteristic of a dao, but the straight double-edge blade of a jian.
  • Ironic Juxtaposition: In the teaser, the matchmaker’s description of the qualities that are looked for in a proper wife continues over images of Mulan's time in the military and feats of badassery.
  • The Matchmaker: In the teaser, Mulan receives the news that a professional matchmaker has found a husband for her. The bulk of said teaser also features said matchmaker's dialogue in the background.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: The teaser shows Mulan in male disguise as a soldier of the Imperial Army.
  • Truer to the Text: As small as it is, Mulan having the surname of "Hua" rather than "Fa" (The spelling of the Cantonese pronunciation) makes it closer to the original legend.
  • Wuxia: The genre’s influences are all over the trailer, especially in the shots with the aforementioned Combat Parkour.

"It is my duty to fight."
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