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Disney Has Dropped the Action-Packed Full Trailer for Its Live-Action Version of 'Mulan'

The remake will bring its sword-swinging, arrow-flinging antics to cinemas next year.
By Sarah Ward
December 07, 2019
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Disney Has Dropped the Action-Packed Full Trailer for Its Live-Action Version of 'Mulan'

The remake will bring its sword-swinging, arrow-flinging antics to cinemas next year.
By Sarah Ward
December 07, 2019
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In Chinese history, the legend of Hua Mulan dates back to the sixth century. At the movies, the formidable female warrior first fought her way across the big screen in a 1927 silent film. The character has been no stranger to the page, stage or cinema over the past 92 years, but many folks know the tale thanks to Disney's 1998 animated musical. Now, as it has done with everything from Alice in Wonderland to The Jungle Book to Aladdin, the Mouse House is turning the story into its latest live-action remake.

Once again, Mulan (played by Chinese American actor Liu Yifei) will evolve from dutiful daughter to kick-ass combatant, all to protect her family in a time of war. She's originally due to be married off to a husband chosen by a matchmaker, until the Emperor of China issues a decree stating that one man per household must serve the Imperial Army as it endeavours to fend off northern invaders. To save her ailing ex-soldier father from having to fight, Mulan disguises herself as a man, takes on the name Hua Jun and becomes an icon.

Forget rousing tunes or a talking dragon voiced by Eddie Murphy. This time, the tale hits the screen without a singing and smart-talking sidekick, but with plenty of sword-swinging, arrow-flinging antics — as both its first teaser and just-dropped full trailer show. In New Zealand director Niki Caro's (Whale Rider, The Zookeeper's Wife) hands, this version of the story goes heavy on the action and empowerment, as shown in the spectacularly choreographed scenes seen so far.

As well as Liu (whose resume includes The Forbidden Kingdom and The Assassins), the new Mulan features Jet Li as the Chinese Emperor, Gong Li as a witch, Donnie Yen as the protagonist's mentor, Jason Scott Lee as a villainous army leader, and Yoson An (The Meg, Mortal Engines) as her fellow fighter and love interest.

The film hits cinemas next year — check out the first full trailer below:

Mulan releases in Australian cinemas on March 26, 2020.

Image: © 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Published on December 07, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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