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Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Poster Brings Great Honor To Original 1998 Artwork
By Mikelle Leow, 08 Jul 2019
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Disney has finally released more visuals for the live-action Mulan reboot since it last did in August 2018, and fans will be pleased to know that they rank high on the nostalgic factor.
Firstly, a new poster has emerged, featuring Chinese-American actress Yi-Fei Liu as the heroine. The crimson-forward artwork is a dead-on tribute to a poster for the original 1998 animation, and shows the star with half her face shielded by a sword.
Just like the original, half of Liu’s face portrays her in makeup to represent the side that ‘Mulan’s family expects her to be: a “good wife.” The other half, reflected by the sword, reveals ‘Mulan’ as an honored warrior.
Images via IMDb and Disney
The film’s trailer introduces the ‘Hua’ family and a matchmaker tasked to groom the protagonist into a “composed, graceful, [and] disciplined” wife. ‘Mulan’, however, reinterprets those qualities as she disguises as a man to serve in the ‘Imperial Army’ and fight against invaders from the north.
The footage pays somber homage to the 1998 plot, and while the dramatic quality of it is bound to give viewers goosebumps, its lack of comedic effect has made the absence of ‘Mushu’ the dragon more glaring.
In a similar vein, the new poster comes without the three guys in the 1998 ‘Mulan’s life: ‘Mushu’, ‘Shang’ and her father. Disney announced earlier on that the upcoming film will arrive without ‘Shang’ or musical numbers. Instead, the protagonist’s love interest will be a fellow recruit named ‘Chen Honghui’ (Yoson An), who starts out as her rival.
Overall, the teasers stay faithful to the visuals and dramatic mood of the original war film, though the lack of comedic characters—Disney even chose to rewrite the character of the previously flamboyant matchmaker—could probably leave a little to be desired.
Mulan will hit theaters on 27 March 2020.
[via Disney, images via various sources]
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