Chinese legend of Mulan, made
internationally famous by Disneys
classic 1998 animated feature, lives on
in the retelling by Cine Asia of the story
of the historic folk heroine who takes
her ailing fathers
place on the battlefield
and rises through the ranks...
THE EPIC, ALL-ACTION FILM MULAN begins with the barbarian Rouran hordes
planning to conquer the Central Plains of China. The Emperor has decreed that
all families of the Northern Province must help to protect their homelands,
but Hua Mulan (Vicki Zhao: Red Cliff; 14 Blades; Shaolin Soccer) has
no brothers and her father Hua Hu (Rongguang Yu) is too ill to fight.
Disguising herself as a male soldier, Mulan runs away with her father's horse
and his armour to enlist in the army, where she proves herself to be competent
in the art of war. Her clever military strategies and her bravery as the conflict
develops see her rising quickly through the ranks to become a general as the
invading armies begin closing in.
But she is distracted by fellow general Wentai (Kun Chen), who has discovered
her secret and with whom she has fallen in love. Establishing herself as a true
military leader, Mulan is willing to sacrifice everything to defend her nation
and bring honour to her family. But, as Wentai has predicted, her fear for him
is in danger of affecting her judgement and when she hears he has been killed
she is overcome with grief.
An extravagant, action-packed spectacle, Mulan tells a story of unequalled
heroism and undying love set against the thrilling backdrop of a bloody war
fought between rival warrior tribes and dynasties with a Princess who dreams
of peace and speaks out against her ruthless elder brother, who fuels the evil
Awe-inspiring, compelling and filled with astonishing action-sequences, the
film is both a moving romance and an exhilarating and brutal action adventure.
Beautifully told and dramatically constructed, Mulan is utterly delightful.
Mulan, in Mandarin with English subtitles, also features Jaycee Chan
(Twins Effect 2), son of martial arts legend Jackie, as Fei Xiaohu; Jun
Hu as Modu; Zhou Sun as the Emperor; Yuxin Liu as the Rouran Princess; and Vitas
as Wude. The film is Directed by Jingle Ma (Seoul Raiders; Silver Hawk; Tokyo
Raiders); Co-Directed by Wei Dong and Written by Ting Zhang.
Described as Braveheart meets An
Empress And The Warriors, Mulan is a lavish, live-action period epic
that breathes vibrant new life into the inspirational Chinese legend. Mulan
is released by Cine Asia as a two-disc Ultimate Edition DVD and as a single
disc Ultimate Edition Blu-ray on 21 June (2010). Certificate: 15 | RRP: DVD:
£17.99; Blu-ray: £24.99.
Special Features include:
Making Of Featurette | Behind The Scenes Featurette | Interview Gallery | Dolby
Digital Mandarin 2.0 and 5.1 audio Options (DVD) | TS HD Master Audio Japanese
5.1 and Dolby Digital Mandarin 2.0 Audio Options (Blu-ray) | English Subtitles
"Beautifully told and dramatically constructed, Mulan is utterly delightful"
Maggie Woods, MotorBar