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‘Mulan’ set for battle in new Disney trailer

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, December 6, 2019  /  12:01 pm

Disney has released a new trailer for the live-action remake of Mulan

The two-minute clip shows Chinese-American actress Liu Yifei as Hua Mulan, daughter of an honored warrior who decides to pose as a man in order to serve in the Imperial Army. 

“Your job is to bring honor to the family,” Mulan’s father Hua Zhou (Tzi Ma) tells his daughter in the first part of the trailer. But as we have seen from the first teaser Disney dropped in July, he means for Mulan to marry.

When the northern invaders attack, her father is forced to represent the family in battle. Mulan, realizing that her father is ailing, decides to disguise herself as a man named Hua Jun and takes his place in the army.

“Loyal, brave and true,” she declares. “It is my duty to protect my family.”

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Setting a nostalgic vibe through the song "Reflection" from the original animated film, Mulan introduces her name as “Hua Jun”, and hits the battlefield, trained by Sergeant Qiang (Ron Yuan). 

“We’re going to make men out of every single one of you,” he says. 

But Mulan is not a man, and in the next clips of the trailer, the warrior finally embraces her true female identity, as she fights with a sword and her hair down.

Based on Disney’s 1998 animated classic of the same name and the narrative poem The Ballad of Mulan, written during the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534 AD), the live-action remake was directed by Niki Carol and features several notable actors, namely Jet Li, Donnie Yen and Gong Li. 

Mulan is set to hit theaters on March 27, 2020. (vel/kes)