An online petition titled "Tell Disney You Don't Want A Whitewashed Mulan!" Mulan is the first Disney Princess to not be considered royalty. This sparked international controversy, with Liu being accused of supporting police brutality in Hong Kong. Get All Three Log In. "[46][47] On March 8, a Mandarin-version of the song, titled "自己" ("Zìjǐ"), performed by Yifei Liu was released,[48] while Aguilera's English version was issued later the same year, on August 28. Cheng reprised her role in the Mandarin-language dubbing of the movie. Watch the Mulan (2020) live action feature film on Disney+. Like a rare, beautiful flower that blossoms in the face of adversity, Mulan proves her worth outside of her tradition-bound society and becomes a legendary warrior. MULAN. "[44] Christina Aguilera, who previously performed an end-credits version of "Reflection" for the original film, confirmed during a performance in The Xperience that she had recorded a new version of "Reflection," as well as new material for the remake's soundtrack. [41][42] Caro later explained that the songs were deleted because she felt their use did not fit with her realistic vision of the film; she believes that since people do not break out into song as they enter war, the film should not either. [68] On October 24, a prequel novel written by writer Grace Lin was announced along with a preview being made available online. [12], Harry Gregson-Williams, who previously worked with Caro on The Zookeeper's Wife, composed the film's score.[1]. [32] According to the report, published on November 22, 2016, he said that he would like to see an Asian director leading the film, but he had to decline because he was still obliged to promote his film Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. In his statement, he explained that "having a commanding officer that is also the sexual love interest was very uncomfortable and we didn't think it was appropriate". It received less favorable reviews from Chinese audiences, who criticized the character development and mishandling of cultural elements. Disney's live action Mulan is the epic tale of a fearless young woman who risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. The more this conversation is being had, the more that diverse artists are given opportunities. [85][86] Reed was initially surprised by criticism of Shang's removal, but acknowledged that the character had become a "LGBTQ icon",[87] and clarified that Shang's role would be served by two new characters, Commander Tung and Chen Honghui. Alongside dozens of other inexperienced recruits, she ultimately becomes a trained soldier under his tutelage without exposing her true identity. 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. 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. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honoured warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical historical action adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation for Walt Disney Pictures. Die offizielle Website zu Disney Mulan, mit mehr Informationen zum Film. [27] On October 4, 2016, it was announced that Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver would rewrite the script, combining the Chinese ballad and the 1998 animated film, while Jason T. Reed would be producing the film along with Bender and Jake Weiner. "[12], Since several 2010s Hollywood films were accused of whitewashing, Mulan was under intense scrutiny since The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Disney was making a live-action adaptation of the 1998 film. It lays down a marker of progress achieved and progress to come. [103][104] On October 7, 2020, British politician Iain Duncan Smith sent an email to Disney, criticizing the filming in Xinjiang, with Disney defending it, saying, “it is standard practice across the film industry worldwide to acknowledge in a film's credits the cooperation, approvals, and assistance provided by various entities and individuals over the course of a film's production." Finance overestimated Mulan's revenue, as their figures were for accounts active during that period and not the total subscriber base, and clarified that 10.3% of all accounts purchased the film, with U.S. revenue estimated to be $62–93 million; Yahoo! The villains aren't compelling since they're barely given any lines of exposition — their backstories and individual motives are weak and underdeveloped, which doesn't make for a rich and complicated story arc." [39], The visual effects are provided by Sony Pictures Imageworks, Weta Digital, Framestore, and Image Engine. Mulan is a 2020 American action drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. RELATED: Mulan Poised To End Chinese Theatrical Run With Severely Disappointing Box Office Returns 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. The petition was written in response of a BBC video detailing the production of Mulan. [106] Deadline Hollywood reported that industry sources with knowledge of the situation "are figuring that Disney may not have earned great presales" and that they could put Mulan on a third party service before the December release. It was directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, with story by Robert D. San Souci and screenplay by Rita Hsiao, Philip LaZebnik, Chris Sanders, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, and Raymond Singer. Realizing that her father has no chance of survival, Mulan flees with his armor, horse, and sword to join in his place. Shortly after, the Chinese Emperor's counselor, Chi-Fu, arrives in her village to announce that the deadly Huns, led by Shan Yu, have invaded China, and that one man in every family must serve in the war. Plans for a live-action remake began in 2010 but the project … Matthew Wilder, who co-wrote the songs for the original film, said the remake would feature a new version of the song "Reflection," and that the song "thematically plays a large part in the new movie throughout the score. [132], Mulan was poorly received by Chinese critics and audiences. [65], Mulan was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on Digital HD on October 6, 2020, followed by a DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra HD Blu-ray release on November 10. Mulan kills Khan, but not before he disarms her and destroys her father's sword. It also made $800,000 in both the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. [124], Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three-and-a-half out of four stars, praising the "fine cast, exciting action and spectacular visuals" and writing, "This is such a great-looking film, with amazing set pieces and dazzling action and colors so vibrant they would dazzle a Crayola factory, it will still play well on your home monitor. She attempts to kill Mulan, but her attacks are stopped by the leather with which Mulan's chest had been bound to hide her identity. Mulan. Mulan rides back to camp and rescues Chen Honghui, a soldier she befriended in camp. 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 honoured warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. [29] It was rescheduled for March 27, 2020[52][53] before being removed from the release calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [83], In a February 27, 2020 interview, film producer Jason T. Reed said that Mulan's love interest Captain Li Shang was dropped in response to the Me Too movement. Her pink bridal outfit is very often confused for a kimono (Japanese), but is actually the Chinese garment hanfu. "[79], A call to boycott the film began when Yifei Liu reshared an image posted by the People's Daily, an official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party. Directed by Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook. Plans for a live-action remake began in 2010 but the project stalled in "development hell" for most of the decade. [100] The Human Rights Foundation also sent a letter to Chapek asking Disney to condemn human rights violations and consider donating some of the film's earnings to promote human rights in Xinjiang. The film stars Yifei Liu in the title role, alongside Donnie Yen, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Ron Yuan, Gong Li, and Jet Li in supporting roles. [116], Mulan grossed $5.9 million from nine countries in its international opening weekend, including $1.2 million in Thailand and $700,000 in Singapore, both of which were the highest debuts of 2020 in the respective countries. Sign up for Disney+ only. [114] In October 2020, The Hollywood Reporter said the film was the most popular PVOD title amid the COVID-19 pandemic,[115] and the following month Variety reported the film was the sixth-most watched straight-to-streaming title of 2020 up to that point. It is a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1998 animated film of the same name, based on the Chinese folklore "The Ballad of Mulan". The guards are murdered, and the Rourans prepare to burn the Emperor alive. In a February 2020 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director Niki Caro responded to the criticism by saying "Although it's a critically important Chinese story and it's set in Chinese culture and history, there is another culture at play here, which is the culture of Disney, and that the director, whoever they were, needed to be able to handle both — and here I am. 1. [49] The soundtrack album was released by Walt Disney Records on September 4, 2020. [6] On October 4, 2016, Disney announced that a global search for a Chinese actress to portray the title role was underway. 1. [21], Disney originally sought an Asian director. [12] Reed also said, aside from both the original ballad and the animated film, the filmmakers drew inspiration from different Chinese adaptations of the ballad while writing the film. [71] On November 20, the Japanese theatrical poster was released online. To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process. [54] The film later rescheduled for July 24, 2020, taking the former slot of Jungle Cruise,[55] and then was delayed again to August 21, 2020. Ming-Na Wen as Fa Mulan (singing voice provided by Lea Salonga), the principal protagonist, based on Hua Mulan. Buy it on Digital at GOOGLE PLAY | ITUNES, Also available on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ & DVD: JB HI-FI | BIG W | SANITY. Through courage, passion, and determination, she defies the odds and proves that anything is possible when you believe in yourself. To the north, an imperial outpost is invaded by Rouran warriors, under the leadership of Böri Khan. "[127] Writing for Variety, Peter Debruge said, "On one hand, the result isn't immediately recognizable as 'a Disney movie,' but neither does it establish its own narrative or visual signature, the way Tarantino did when remixing Asian influences for Kill Bill. received more than 100,000 signatures. You can beat me now. She disguises herself as a man and joins the Chinese Imperial Army in her father's place. "[125] Kate Erbland of IndieWire gave the film a "B+", calling it a "remarkable action epic that carves its own path" and wrote, "Mulan is perhaps the best example of how to marry the original with something fresh. Finance then reported that, according to analytics research firm 7Park Data, nearly 29% of U.S. Disney+ subscribers that accessed the app from September 1 to 12 purchased Mulan, which in the best-case scenario would result in $261 million for Disney. It is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, and was Disney's 36th animated feature and the ninth animated film produced and released during the Disney Renaissance. Directed by Niki Caro. [74] On February 2, 2020, the final trailer was released. 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A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. Qi is a traditional idea in martial arts and Chinese medicine concerning a person's energy flow. They are assisted by the witch Xianniang, who uses her magic to pose as a surviving soldier and report the attack to the Emperor of China; he then issues a conscription decree ordering every family to contribute one man to fight Khan's forces. [80][81][82] In response to the controversy, Liu was not present at the 2019 D23 Expo, despite presenting exclusive sneak peek of the film to fans. Mulan, flustered, attempts to pour tea in front of the matchmaker, but a spider causes a panic that destroys the kettle, and the matchmaker calls her a disgrace in front of her family. "Why Is Li Shang Not in Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan? In September 2020, Disney released its newest movie, Mulan. As early as 2010, Walt Disney Pictures had expressed interest in a live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated film Mulan with international Chinese star Zhang Ziyi, and Chuck Russell chosen as the director. "[60] The premium fee will be approximately US$26.00 in other countries when considering conversion rates for their native currencies. An artist will express themselves, and the burden of responsibility is on the art. One of the more common complaints about the film is its treatment of qi. What's the Cost? That's what it comes down to. Log In . [56] On July 23, the film was removed from the release calendar once again. Xianniang, posing as the Imperial Chancellor, persuades the Emperor to accept Böri Khan's challenge to single combat, while removing the city guards from their posts. Disney CFO Christine McCarthy has stated that the controversies the film has caused have created "a lot of issues for [Disney]. [6] Further cast announcements for Donnie Yen, Gong Li, Jet Li, and Xana Tang were made in April 2018,[11][15] Utkarsh Ambudkar and Ron Yuan in May,[31] Yoson An and Chum Ehelepola in June,[14] Jason Scott Lee in July,[13] Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei-Pei, Nelson Lee, Jimmy Wong and Doua Moua in August,[23][20] and Chen Tang in September. Li reprised his role in the Mandarin-language dubbing of the movie. Mulan removes her male disguise, returning to the battle just as the Rourans begin attacking her fellow troops with a trebuchet. 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. Never … and "The live-action remake of Mulan tries to incorporate many new elements with good intentions, but ultimately, the movie is poorly executed. [119] Through three weekends the film had grossed $57 million internationally. [120], The film made $23.2 million on its opening weekend in China, a low figure but a 23% improvement upon Aladdin's debut the year before. [57][58][59], On August 4, 2020, Disney announced that it had cancelled the film's wide theatrical release in the United States, and would instead premiere the film for a premium fee on Disney+ on September 4, 2020. [77] On the weekend of the film's release, the Disney+ app was downloaded 68% more than the past weeks' total, similar to the 72% spike upon Hamilton's release that July. With a production budget of $200 million, the film grossed $70 million at the box office, not including digital earnings from Disney+. They first considered Ang Lee, the Taiwanese-born director and two-time Academy Award winner for Best Director. [120], As of December 2020[update] review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 73% of 296 critics gave the film a positive review, being certified fresh on the site. She frees the Emperor, who offers to let her join his personal guard. Additionally, she reveals that the attacks on the outposts have been a diversion, as Khan's true plan is to capture and execute the Emperor for having his father killed. [...] Despite [Honghui's] attraction, he hardly has the same respect for her that brave and beautiful Li Shang did. [60] Mulan was available for the purchase until November 2, 2020, and was made available for free to all subscribers on December 4. [73] On January 26, 2020, 6 individual character posters were released. [28] On February 27, 2020, Reed said that Mulan's sidekick from the original film, Mushu, was removed due to the character's negative reception in China. Disney to release Mulan online Sept. 4 on Disney Plus, for $30 in US. And anyway, it was Mulan who had the crush on him! "[92], Criticism has also been directed at the fact that filming took place in the province of Xinjiang, where internment camps containing up to a million ethnically Turkic citizens are located. The film stars Yifei Liu in the title role, alongside Donnie Yen, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Ron Yuan, Gong Li, and Jet Li in supporting roles. The Hollywood Reporter mentioned that Lee was approached but declined, on October 12, 2016. Filming took place in New Zealand and China from August to November 2018. [51] The film was originally scheduled for a November 2, 2018 theatrical release, but was delayed, with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms taking its slot. With Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer. The remake is disappointing in almost every way, somehow achieving less than the animated movie does despite its 20 extra minutes of runtime." That version of the project never came to fruition. Mulan is the only child of Fa Zhou, a former war veteran, and Fa Li. Entitled Mulan: Before the Sword, the novel was released on February 11, 2020. 2. The film scored 4.7 out of 10 on the rating site Douban. Disney began releasing its live-action remake of "Mulan," the iconic 1998 animated picture, in some international theaters and as a $30 video-on-demand on … [45] On March 6, 2020, she released a new single for the film's soundtrack, titled "Loyal Brave True." [25] Utkarsh Ambudkar and Chum Ehelepola were cast as Skatch and Ramtish, con artists,[14] but their roles were cut from the final film. [40], The remake does not feature any songs from the original film, and instead uses instrumental versions of the original film's songs. [62] Unlike other premium VOD releases that feature a 48-hour viewing window, Mulan will remain available to renters for as long as they stay subscribed to Disney+. 3. [122], In April 2020, it was reported that a Mulan sequel is in development with Chris Bender, Jason T. Reed, and Jake Weiner returning as producers. [63], The film was still released theatrically in countries where theaters had re-opened, and do not have Disney+. As one of the first major films to skip theaters and head to streaming instead, Mulan became widely available to at-home audiences in September when it premiered on Disney+. [88] Lauren Puckett of Harper's Bazaar wrote "Some fans understood and agreed with the #MeToo argument. [69] On November 4, a video clip filmed during a Toho cinema preview was leaked online, featuring new shots of Mulan as a warrior battling fiercely and taking off her hair band. Mulan Disney Princess Story Video. Mulan is the only Disney Princess to be of East Asian descent. Producer Jason T. Reed clarified Caro's previous statement by saying that the songs would be featured "in a slightly different way" in the remake. [33] Next, Disney met with Jiang Wen for the position; finally on February 14, 2017, New Zealander Niki Caro was hired as the director of the film, which made Mulan the second Disney film with a female director and a budget above $100 million following A Wrinkle in Time. "[128], Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "Mulan is a spirit lifter, and though it doesn't arrive as planned, it could not arrive at a better time", saying "Throughout Mulan, there are shots of such visual splendor that viewers will catch their breath. Jetzt auf Disney+ streamen. [26], On March 30, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Disney had restarted development of the live-action adaptation with Chris Bender and J. C. Spink producing, while Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek would be writing the screenplay. 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[3][38] The budget makes Mulan the most expensive film ever directed by a woman. All Rights Reserved. The image included a quote from Chinese reporter Fu Guohao who worked for the state-owned tabloid Global Times and was subsequently assaulted by protesters during the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests: "I support Hong Kong police. [112], In its first weekend of being available on other digital platforms, Mulan was the top-rented film on FandangoNow, and third on both Apple TV and Google Play. It doesn't work as a film that elicits nostalgia, it doesn't work as a historical drama that explores Chinese culture, and it doesn't even work well as a stand-alone film, separate from the original. 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She declines the offer and returns to her village. In Imperial China, Hua Mulan is an adventurous and active girl, to the disappointment of her parents, who hopes that one day she will be wed to a good husband. The hashtag, #BoycottMulan, has since started trending supporting a boycott of the film. 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 honoured warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Endless entertainment. [19] The teaser trailer was viewed 175.1 million times in its first 24 hours, including 52 million from China, making it the seventh most viewed trailer in that time period. 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