What are the top things viewers need to know about the Mulan live-action film?

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Who is that girl I see staring straight back at me? She's got the face of a young woman and hair that of a man. She's got hands of a warrior and a heart that of a lady. She's Mulan. She's Hua Mulan. She's the legendary Chinese character in the Ballad of Mulan. She's the star in Disney's 1988 animated musical action-adventure film directed by Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft. She has always been associated with courage and prudence due to her decision to join the Chinese army despite her being a woman. And when Coco Chanel said, "A woman who is about to cut her hair is about to change her life." She might be talking about Mulan as she cut her long hair and disguised herself as a man in her father's old armor.

That is the 1988 classic tale we all grew up watching. Yet, this 2020 brace yourself for Disney's live-action Mulan as it gives you a fresh and more audacious take on the original animated film. This time, director Niki Caro has made sure the remake's going to veer towards modern feminism and women empowerment. This would also mean that we are going to see Mulan rocking her long hair in battles. That's right! Who said you can't have a good hair day while fighting? This is to highlight the strength of Mulan's femininity. Starring the Chinese-American actress Liu Yifei, the reboot will showcase her martial arts prowess we all have seen in some of her action-packed movies and series. Discover Mulan's new love interest as filmmakers also made sure to ease the problematic leader-follower love dynamic between Mulan and her lover Li Shang in the 1988 movie. Expect a lot more surprises because finally, Mulan is arriving in theaters on March 27, 2020! Meanwhile, indulge in our list of things you should know to spice up your waiting game!

  1. 1Mulan's love interest


    If you have been shipping Mulan and Captain Li Shang since 1998, we hate to be the bearer of sad news but the ship isn't sailing in 2020. Since Disney's latest take on Mulan is gravitating towards women empowerment, producer Jason Reed decided to erase the image of a sexual love interest in the character of Li Shang. Fret not, as Mulan will fall in love with her fellow soldier, Chen Honghui, removing the awkward love situation between a leader and a follower. Chen Honghui will be portrayed by Yoson An.

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  1. 2Mulan's sidekick Mushu no more?


    One thing is certain, the 2020 live-action version of Mulan will still center around the life of a young woman who is poised to prove her feminine strength to everyone, except that this time, her sidekick dragon, Mushu, from the 1998 version won't be part of the picture. According to the producer Jason Reed, it just doesn't fit the traditional Chinese concept of the 2020 take.

  2. 3Director Niki Caro, who?


    Yep, that's right! Caro is the director of the live-action version of the Disney classic Mulan. And we stan a director whose grand feminist vision is what would set the reboot apart from the original animated one. Since she is known to have directed The Zookeeper's Wife and Whale Rider, fans can expect a lot of martial arts and epic battles in the film that will bring you on the edge of your seats.

  1. 4Witch, please!


    Bid Shan Yu, the captain of the Hun Army in the 1998 animated version of Mulan, goodbye. This 2020, we are welcoming a new set of villains namely Bori Khan (Jason Scott Lee) and a female antagonist, a witch, named Xian Lang (Gong Li). We remember Li as the Chinese actress who also appeared in Memoirs of a Geisha (2015).

  2. 5Will it be a whimsical musical?


    3 years ago, ardent fans of 1988 Mulan kind of felt mixed emotions upon discovering that there is, indeed, an upcoming live-action variety of it. At some point, they found themselves on cloud nine but later aw their reflection in the mirror down in the dumps upon knowing that it wasn't going to be a musical film. Yet, director Niki Caro tipped The Hollywood Reporter off that music is still going to play a vital role in the film. Well, there's no other way to know the answer than by watching the film on March 27, 2020.


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