My favourite film in the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection of animated features has always been Mulan. Released back in 1998 it was based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan.
In the film the Huns, who are led by the ruthless Shan Yu, invade Han China by breaching the Great Wall. The Chinese emperor orders a general mobilization, with conscription notices requiring one man from each family to join the Chinese army. When Fa Mulan hears that her elderly father Fa Zhou, the only man in their family and an army veteran, is once more to go to war, she becomes anxious and apprehensive due to his weakening health. Taking her father’s old armor, she disguises herself as a man so that she can enlist instead of her parent.
Disney released the teaser trailer for the upcoming live action remake today and the film looks good from the tease. There is just a hint at some of the music from the original animated musical, and while the film is unlikely to be a musical, hopefully a lot of the score includes this music.
“Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor.
Check out the teaser below. Mulan opens Spring 2020.