Ming-Na Wen Calls New Mulan Trailer “EPIC!!!”
Disney fan reaction to reveals regarding the live-action re-makes of their classic animated features remains mixed – the new Mulan, included.
However, many of the voice actors involved in the original productions are VERY supportive of the new films.
“Mulan” Approves of New Mulan Trailer
— Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) July 8, 2019
So the original Mulan has given her seal of approval to the new generation’s Mulan. For the most part, audiences seem to be in support of the new movie as well. While a vocal contingent seems to be upset there was no sign of Mushu the talking dragon from the animated movie seen in the remake, the epic beauty of the trailer shines through and teases what will likely be an impressive film.
The new Mulan stars Chinese actress Liu Yifei in the title role. While the new trailer doesn’t give us a talking dragon, it does otherwise set up the story that we know. Mulan is working with a matchmaker to find a romantic match, something she isn’t necessarily all that excited for. However, instead of finding love, she finds war when she ends up joining the Chinese army in disguise.
The other major change between the original Mulan and the remake is that the new movie certainly doesn’t appear to be a musical. Not only is there no music in the trailer, but the look and tone of the clips certainly don’t look like full musical numbers would fit. It’s an interesting choice if only because Disney has shown with the success of movies like Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin that the closer the remake is to the original, the more successful it is at the box office.
Closer To The Source Material
But while many Western fans have mourned the lack of Mushu and music, many Mulan-trailer watchers in China are pleased:
Mulan is not just a Disney princess, she’s a great heroine in ancient Chinese legend. Her story was first written in a poetry in Northern and Southern Dynasties. And her spirit has inspired many ppl. So for this live-action film, make it closer to the actual story will be better.
— Autumn Chen (@AutumnChenMusic) July 7, 2019
The New Mulan’s official synopsis reads:
Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior to life in Disney’s “Mulan,” in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. 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. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. “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. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.” “Mulan” opens in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020.
We can’t wait to see Mulan next year! How about you? Let us know in the comments.