Whereas there are scenes within the live-action model that quote the unique movie verbatim (Mulan’s father’s scolding when she protests that he’ll die if he goes to battle within the military, for instance), tthers are acquainted, however modified: For instance, the scene wherein Mulan takes a shower within the lake close to the camp and runs right into a fellow soldier and works to cover her physique beneath the water’s floor, is adjusted to be much less humorous and extra tense. Right here, when Liu’s Mulan encounters Honghui (performed by Yoson An), she stays confronted away from him, and it’s clear to grownup viewers members that she will be able to’t flip round, as a result of simply the slope of her shoulders would give her away.
There’s additionally a pleasant nod to the animated movie when a fantastically garmented Ming Na Wen, who voiced Mulan within the animated movie, presents Liu’s Mulan to the Emperor.
Mulan the Strategist vs. Mulan the Warrior
Within the animated characteristic, Mulan is not any warrior. She’s as horrible in fight, originally of the movie, as nearly all of her peer recruits. The coaching montage they obtain (to the tune of Donnie Osmond’s efficiency of “I’ll Make a Man out of You”) reveals them shifting from full disasters as troopers to a reliable combating power. Mulan, one of many weakest and smallest amongst them, is almost despatched house in the midst of the music, till she makes a realization about one of many coaching workouts. In one of many defining moments for her character, she efficiently retrieves an arrow from the highest of a pole, utilizing weights representing power and self-discipline as a device to assist her obtain the aim (moderately than permitting the weights to pull her down). An analogous second in Captain America: The First Avenger takes place when the bodily weak navy recruit Steve Rogers realizes that, as a substitute of climbing a pole, he can take out the pin on the backside, sending the pole falling to the bottom. Whereas Mulan’s technique nonetheless requires precise power, it’s her intelligence that enables her to defeat the impediment.
Reside-action Mulan, alternatively, is warned from the start of the movie that she has an excessive amount of chi for a woman. Whereas there are deeper definitions of chi/qi/ki as described in philosophy and martial arts, within the context of the movie, chi appears to characterize a warrior’s vitality, one which society decides that the best male warriors ought to have and that ladies shouldn’t. Although Mulan’s father indulges her by educating her martial arts, and although she is clearly gifted at stunts each dramatic and small (as soon as catching falling teacups in a stunt paying homage to a scene in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), in the end, her wellspring of chi will carry dishonor to her household. As a soldier, she almost forgets that she will be able to reveal her chi: she’s posing as a person, the place her chi might be praised and valued moderately than derided. When Mulan faces the problem to make it to the highest of a mountain (moderately than a pole) with two buckets of water (moderately than two weights), she attracts on her interior chi to get via the problem. It’s this chi, this formidable talent as a warrior, that makes the live-action movie’s Mulan stand other than her animated counterpart.
She does retain her intelligence within the live-action movie; the scene the place she defeats the opposing military by inflicting an avalanche is extra real looking (and probably even cleverer) within the live-action model. Nevertheless it’s in the end her status as the perfect warrior in her unit that permits her to steer, and earns their respect, regardless of her gender.