‘Mulan’ Director’s Jaw Dropped the First Time She Saw Donnie Yen Use a Sword

Niki Caro, director of the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney’s “Mulan,” has admitted that her jaw dropped after witnessing Donnie Yen’s martial arts skills on set.

The 53-year-old director told AsiaOne that Yen’s astonishing display of swordsmanship was so quick that she had to shoot the scene again in slow motion.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Who want to see this character? Coming soon! @bulletfilmsofficial @sweetcil @mulan @disneypicturesfilm

A post shared by Donnie Yen 甄子丹 (@donnieyenofficial) on

“One of my favourite moments on set was the first time I experienced Donnie Yen’s martial arts skills in real life. As Commander Tung, he does a sword display in front of all the recruits and my jaw hit the floor,” she said.

“The way that man moves, and the way he moves his sword — (it was) so fast I literally couldn’t see it move in real-time. I had to shoot the sequence again in slow motion, just so I could see what he was doing. It was astonishing!”

The live-action adaptation is packed with several well-known stars in the Asian community, including Gong Li, Cheng Pei-pei, Tzi Ma and martial artist Jet Li.

“Jet Li brought gravitas and heart to the role of the Emperor,” she said. “Working with Gong Li on a character that’s a counterpoint to Mulan was a creative highlight of working on this film. Cheng Pei-pei’s brilliant comedic timing provides a fun wink and a nod for the fans of the animated classic.”

Many iconic elements from the animated Disney movie will not be crossing over into the live-action adaptation. In a previous interview, Caro explained that they will remove both the musical elements as well as the lovable little dragon, Mushu, from the original film to make the adaptation seem more realistic.

Feature Image via @donnieyenofficial

Related Posts

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: info@nextshark.com