Mulan 2020

Mulan is a 2020 American action drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. 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 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.

It is directed by Niki Caro, with screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek, and Elizabeth Martin.

Overall, not as good as the animated version. This lacks the cute sidekick and the caricatures that an animated film can incorporate. And it has no songs.

It’s going for an epic look. And the NZ/Chinese landscapes do it justice. There are some great fight sequences and impressive horse riding. But Mulan herself has little empathy for most of the film. It’s not until the ending when she re-unites with her family that there is any emotional payoff for her journey.