(2020) (Yifei Liu, Jason Scott Lee) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama/Action: A young woman poses as a man to join the Imperial Chinese army and help repel enemy invaders.
Long ago in imperial China, Hua Mulan (YIFEI LIU) is a young woman living with her parents, Zhou (TZI MA) and Li (ROSALIND CHAO), and her sister, Xiu (XANA TANG). Unlike others of her gender, Mulan is quite proficient in martial arts and has a strong "chi" presence, something not lost on her war hero father who nonetheless knows there's no future for her with that and the only honorable thing for her to do is allow a matchmaker to find her a husband.
That gets interrupted when word arrives that Böri Khan (JASON SCOTT LEE), the fearsome leader of Rouran invaders, has been attacking garrisons along the Silk Road and, with the help of the powerful witch Xianniang (GONG LI), is preparing to attack the Imperial City.
Getting word of this, the Emperor (JET LI) orders that all families offer up one male member to join the army and repel the invaders. With no sons and despite his age and a bad leg, Zhou prepares to represent his family. But Mulan sneaks off at night, taking his sword, armor, and conscription papers to join the army under the male identity of Hua Jun.
She ends up fooling Commander Tung (DONNIE YEN), other trainers, and fellow recruits such as Honghui (YOSON AN) as she trains and proves her mettle. But with Khan's forces drawing closer, Mulan wonders if she'll be able to keep her gender secret, especially once they get into battle with the invaders.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those thinking this will be like the Disney animated musical (it's not) might be drawn to it. Otherwise, it could appeal to girls since it features a strong young female protagonist.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For sequences of violence.
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