New ‘Mulan’ Film Will Be Far From the Original and Twitter is Not Happy
While many fans are excited for the superstars from Asia tapped to star in Disney’s live adaptation of “Mulan”, some have been unhappy that the story deviates from the original classic.
Why it matters: The original “Mulan” was released in 1998 and featured a star-studded cast of Asian American actors, including Ming-Na Wen, B.D. Wong, James Hong, Pat Morita, and George Takei. The films follows Mulan, who defies her father by disguising herself as a man and fighting in the Chinese army against the Huns. She is watched over by a dragon named Mushu and a cricket named Cri-Kee.
In the new synopsis for the live-action remake, Donnie Yen plays Mulan’s mentor, Commander Tung, and Gong Li plays a powerful witch who is the main villain. This is far different from the original, where the main antagonist is Shan Yu, leader of the invading Huns.
The issue: Despite the excitement for the upcoming film set for release in 2020, fans are unhappy that the synosis deviates from the original classic people fell in love with. In addition, the only main stars announced so far are from Asia — no notable Asian American actors have been announced at the moment.
Netizens weighed in:
Chinese superstars Jet Li and Gong Li are joining @Disney’s live-action Mulan. Jet Li will play the emperor of China while Gong Li is set to play the main villain, a departure and change from the animated film. https://t.co/mvXGFFzFCk
— CAPE—Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (@CAPEUSA) April 12, 2018
I’ve seen so many Mulan adaptions, so I’m not necessarily omg stick to the original about it. And certainly these sound like changes I’ve not seen before? But equally I was really hoping for an Asian American take on the material.
I’m also kindaaa ehhhhh that there’s no Asian Americans attached to it yet? Like the Disney animation was a super American venture (and part of why Chinese didn’t really take to it). We already have a big budget Chinese Mulan–it’s called the Great Wall, and it sucked.
So, I’m sad. Mentoring by a dude commander, that’s whatever I guess. #Mulan’s eventual triumph over a powerful, beautiful witch seems to be missing the point. Most of all, I’m sad I will never get to see a film with the wealth of talent among Asian-American actors here in the US.
i absolutely love the addition of gong li, jet li, and donnie yet but this casting (including liu yifei as mulan) is catering COMPLETELY to the chinese market. it’s strategic, i get that, but it overshadows a bunch of asian american talent in the us and that makes me kinda sad https://t.co/KGJWZt29Hf