Mulan: This year’s biggest disappointment?


10th September: Disney’s latest live-action remake though promising surely leaves room for more and yet serves as a symbol of hope for girls who do not wish to conform with the standards set for them by society. Nick Caro’s Mulan, a new movie produced by Disney, has mixed reviews by people.

According to reports from an international news agency, The Verge, some viewers don’t think that the movie has a good storyline rather also has poor character building, as they are shown as strong individuals but the depiction is far away from reality.

Netizens have started the hashtag #BoycottMulan, especially Muslims all around the world.

However, what is more, concerning is that it was filmed in the Chinese city where thousands of innocent Muslims are being kept in concentration camps and being tortured.

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Despite being fully aware of the conditions people are living in the concentration camps, Mulan was filmed there, this careless behaviour started a wave of concern amongst the viewers.

Many people who follow Mulan’s page on Instagram have commented on their posts raising concerns about the topic. Most of them have commented that they will boycott the movie that is inspired by its animated version which was released in 1998.

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Viewers say that the plot and story weren’t very different than the original one which made it so predictable and boring.

The source in question is the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, which dates back to the sixth century. It follows the protagonist as she poses as a man and steps up for military conscription in place of her ageing father, whose only son is an infant. She returns home having served with honour and reveals her true identity to her shocked comrades, with whom she has fought for years.

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According to the film, Mulan’s uncanny ability to tap into her Chi is what makes her a superhuman spear-kicking warrior essentially from birth, a genetic compulsion to hop on rooftops and play with swords since they were kids.

Many fear that it was a pointless addition in the movie and made her character appear as one that doesn’t make a decision for herself and it appears as though Mulan cannot form an identity of her own.

The movie also compliments theatre because of the way it was directed which gives it a better touch. Despite being hollow, the film is a pleasure to watch. Fights are wonderfully composed and consistently staged in interesting places.

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The new Mulan is about showcasing a rebel with a cause situation, with stronger female characters. Rather than the socially acceptable docile and sensitive female characters. The film manages to establish a connection between Mulan as a woman and Mulan as a warrior.

Directed by Niki Caro, produced by Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, Jason T. Reed, and executive production by Bill Kong, Barrie M. Osborne, Tim Coddington, Mario Iscovich, the 2020 screenplay is a credit to Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek, and Elizabeth Martin. Director of Photography is Mandy Walker and costumes designed by Binary Daigeler.

The cast of the live-action adaptation includes: Liu Yifei as Hua Mulan, Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, Jet Li as the Emperor of the Imperial Kingdom, Gong Li as Xian Lang “the Witch”, Yoson An as Chen Honghui, Jason Scott Lee as Bori Khan, Susana Tang as Hua Xiu, Tzi Ma as Hua Zhou, and Rosalind Chao as Hua Li with a special cameo by Ming-Na Wen (and her daughter) who voiced the character of Mulan in the 1998 adaptation.

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