[12] Reed also said, aside from both the original ballad and the animated film, the filmmakers drew inspiration from different Chinese adaptations of the ballad while writing the film. and "The live-action remake of Mulan tries to incorporate many new elements with good intentions, but ultimately, the movie is poorly executed. The image included a quote from Chinese reporter Fu Guohao who worked for the state-owned tabloid Global Times and was subsequently assaulted by protesters during the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests: "I support Hong Kong police. [107] However, following the film's opening weekend, Business Insider reported it had been viewed by 1.12 million households (only including users renting with TV-connected devices), which would result in $33.5 million in sales for Disney. Honorable and disciplined, Commander Tung leads the battalion of the Emperor’s Imperial Army in which Mulan serves. The hashtag, #BoycottMulan, has since started trending supporting a boycott of the film. A fellow recruit of Mulan’s, Honghui is handsome, confident and ambitious, and soon becomes one of Mulan’s most important allies. When can I watch Mulan for free on Disney Plus? The song was written by Jamie Hartman, Harry Gregson-Williams, Rosi Golan and Billy Crabtree, and produced by Jamie Hartman. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. [6] On October 4, 2016, Disney announced that a global search for a Chinese actress to portray the title role was underway. Yifei Liu, who plays Mulan, doesn't get as much character development in the new Disney Plus film. The remake is disappointing in almost every way, somehow achieving less than the animated movie does despite its 20 extra minutes of runtime." [34], Principal photography began on August 13, 2018, at locations in New Zealand and China and wrapped on November 25, 2018. Li reprised her role in the Mandarin-language dubbing of the movie. When the Emperor mobilizes his troops to fight the onslaught of invaders from the North, she masquerades as a man to take the place of her ailing father under the name Hua Jun, setting her on an adventure that will transform her into a legendary warrior. Jun Yu as Cricket, a hapless recruit who joins Commander Tung's unit. The film also holds a 49% rating from over 9,500 general audience reviews on the site. [114] In October 2020, The Hollywood Reporter said the film was the most popular PVOD title amid the COVID-19 pandemic,[115] and the following month Variety reported the film was the sixth-most watched straight-to-streaming title of 2020 up to that point. In a February 2020 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director Niki Caro responded to the criticism by saying "Although it's a critically important Chinese story and it's set in Chinese culture and history, there is another culture at play here, which is the culture of Disney, and that the director, whoever they were, needed to be able to handle both — and here I am. [103][104] On October 7, 2020, British politician Iain Duncan Smith sent an email to Disney, criticizing the filming in Xinjiang, with Disney defending it, saying, “it is standard practice across the film industry worldwide to acknowledge in a film's credits the cooperation, approvals, and assistance provided by various entities and individuals over the course of a film's production." But as the story unfolds, Xianniang learns that she has more in common with her young adversary Mulan than she realizes. That will be judged — and should be judged. [108] Yahoo! She attempts to kill Mulan, but her attacks are stopped by the leather with which Mulan's chest had been bound to hide her identity. [25] Utkarsh Ambudkar and Chum Ehelepola were cast as Skatch and Ramtish, con artists,[14] but their roles were cut from the final film. Mulan release date is December 4 on Disney+ Hotstar. [71] On November 20, the Japanese theatrical poster was released online. Mulan is reunited with her family. [64], Mulan received a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association, the first Disney live-action remake to be given such a rating. In another major blow to movie theaters, Disney announced “Mulan” will forgo its planned theatrical release. [105], Variety estimated Mulan would need to be rented by about 8.4 million subscribers (13.8%) in order to break-even. "[91] In an August 2020 interview with Film School Rejects, Caro responded further to the criticism, saying "Firstly, I resist the idea that you tell somebody who can tell what story. 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. Finance then reported that, according to analytics research firm 7Park Data, nearly 29% of U.S. Disney+ subscribers that accessed the app from September 1 to 12 purchased Mulan, which in the best-case scenario would result in $261 million for Disney. Entitled Mulan: Before the Sword, the novel was released on February 11, 2020. It was due to be released on Disney Plus in the US and the UK on March 27, 2020, however due to the coronavirus outbreak the film was postponed. 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". Seit dem 4. Back in August, Walt Disney announced a devastating blow for theatres in the UK, US.Mulan the live-action epic based on the animated cartoon of the same name from 1998, was moving to Disney Plus.. Rated: PG-13 [100][101][102], In September 2020, 135 British MPs signed a letter condemning China's human rights abuses, addressed to Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the U.K. Plus the ... bits from one of your favorite animated features). Matthew Wilder, who co-wrote the songs for the original film, said the remake would feature a new version of the song "Reflection," and that the song "thematically plays a large part in the new movie throughout the score. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. [116], Mulan grossed $5.9 million from nine countries in its international opening weekend, including $1.2 million in Thailand and $700,000 in Singapore, both of which were the highest debuts of 2020 in the respective countries. It is directed by Niki Caro, with a screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek, and Elizabeth Martin. But in Mulan, qi becomes a magical power that the eponymous heroine possesses. It can't just be white people being hired to make movies, no matter what the subject matter is. It lays down a marker of progress achieved and progress to come. Imperial soldiers arrive in Mulan's village to enlist recruits and her elderly and frail father Hua Zhou is forced to pledge his service as he has no sons. During its opening weekend between September 4–6, Mulan drew 525 million streaming minutes in the United States. [65], Mulan was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on Digital HD on October 6, 2020, followed by a DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra HD Blu-ray release on November 10. [56] On July 23, the film was removed from the release calendar once again. [68] On October 24, a prequel novel written by writer Grace Lin was announced along with a preview being made available online. [109] 7Park Data co-founder Brian Lichtenberger stated Yahoo! September können Abonnenten von Disney+ den lange erwarteten Disney-Film „Mulan“ auch in Deutschland ansehen. [70] On November 6, Liu was featured as one of the 25 stars of Next Gen Talent 2019 nominated by The Hollywood Reporter with two new studio stills released concurrently. [140], Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on The Walt Disney Company, the seventh most viewed trailer in that time period, internment camps containing up to a million ethnically Turkic citizens, Publicity Department of the Chinese Communist Party, "Harry-Gregson-Williams to Score Disney's 'Mulan' Live-Action Movie", "Disney's 'Mulan' was supposed to be a big hit in China. Disney CEO Bob Chapek made the announcement during the company's Q3 earnings call. Mulan's Hollywood premiere was held on March 9, 2020. A shot of Mulan (Yifei Liu) in “Mulan.” Film frame, Disney Enterprises Inc. The other side of it is that more diverse people need to be allowed to tell stories. Producer Jason T. Reed clarified Caro's previous statement by saying that the songs would be featured "in a slightly different way" in the remake. "[79], A call to boycott the film began when Yifei Liu reshared an image posted by the People's Daily, an official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party. Disney Plus is home to the House of Mouse's considerable entertainment library, including recent releases like The Mandalorian and Mulan as well as … This is basically a video-on-demand service which Disney Plus subscribers can purchase as a premium add-on to their basic subscription. The 2020 version of Mulan is an adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated film of the same name. Xianniang, posing as the Imperial Chancellor, persuades the Emperor to accept Böri Khan's challenge to single combat, while removing the city guards from their posts. "[126], Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B+ and described it as "a classic hero(ine)'s tale, exhilarating in its elaborate set pieces and large-scale ambitions even when the smaller human story within it sometimes falls short. What a shame for Hong Kong." 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. Watch the Mulan (2020) live action feature film on Disney+. [21], Disney originally sought an Asian director. The film scored 4.7 out of 10 on the rating site Douban. "[130], Aja Romano of Vox wrote, "The Mulan remake jettisons everything great about Disney's animated classic and delivers nothing new." The site's critical consensus read, "It could have told its classic story with greater depth, but the live-action Mulan is a visual marvel that serves as a stirring update to its animated predecessor. [32] According to the report, published on November 22, 2016, he said that he would like to see an Asian director leading the film, but he had to decline because he was still obliged to promote his film Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. 2020. Mulan rides back to camp and rescues Chen Honghui, a soldier she befriended in camp. [110][111], According to Nielsen ratings, Mulan was one of the top ten most-watched streams in the United States between August 31 and September 6, 2020. Additionally, she reveals that the attacks on the outposts have been a diversion, as Khan's true plan is to capture and execute the Emperor for having his father killed. [90], Disney received some criticism for hiring a white director for the film, rather than an Asian director. The live-action remake of Mulan will debut on Friday September 4 on Disney Plus – but there’s a catch. [...] Despite [Honghui's] attraction, he hardly has the same respect for her that brave and beautiful Li Shang did. This is pure pastiche, as Caro and her crew shamelessly pilfer from kung fu, Fifth Generation and Hong Kong action movies, incorporating anime and Bollywood touches as well. "[46][47] On March 8, a Mandarin-version of the song, titled "自己" ("Zìjǐ"), performed by Yifei Liu was released,[48] while Aguilera's English version was issued later the same year, on August 28. [119] Several factors, such as the film only receiving an official Chinese release date days before, giving little chance to build a strong marketing campaign, the film's Disney+ digital release resulting in pirated copies online, a lack of local press coverage due to the film being partially shot in the controversial Xinjiang region and to avoid drawing attention to the political controversies surrounding the film, as well as low reception from fans on sites such as Maoyan and Douban, were cited as contributing to the film's muted performance.