Mulan (Live Action)

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

disney Mulan Live Action Movie 2020

“Mulan” is a live-action adaptation of the 1998 Disney animated film of the same name. Directed by Niki Caro and released in 2020, the movie reimagines the story of Hua Mulan, a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a man to join the Imperial Army in place of her ailing father. The live-action film stars Liu Yifei as Mulan and features an ensemble cast that includes Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li.

The film follows Mulan as she defies cultural norms and societal expectations to protect her family and bring honor to them. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man from each family must serve in the army to defend against invaders from the Northern Wastelands, Mulan takes a brave and risky decision to take her father’s place.

Under the alias of “Hua Jun,” Mulan joins the army and undergoes rigorous training, facing challenges and struggles as she tries to hide her true identity. Along the way, she discovers her inner strength, determination, and exceptional martial arts skills, which eventually help her become a respected and skilled warrior.

As the Imperial Army faces the threat of a formidable villain, Bori Khan (played by Jason Scott Lee), and a powerful witch, Xianniang (played by Gong Li), Mulan must use her courage and intelligence to protect her country and her comrades.

Unlike the animated version, the live-action “Mulan” takes a more serious and realistic approach to the story, omitting some of the musical elements from the original film. Instead, it focuses on action, stunning visuals, and themes of self-discovery, identity, and female empowerment.

“Mulan” received mixed reviews from critics but was praised for its impressive action sequences, beautiful cinematography, and cultural representation. The film’s emphasis on female empowerment and the portrayal of Mulan as a strong and independent heroine resonated with many viewers.

Fun Facts

  • Unlike the animated version, the live-action “Mulan” takes a more realistic approach and omits some elements found in the original, such as musical numbers and talking animal sidekicks. Instead, it focuses on the story of Mulan’s bravery and her journey to protect her family and country.
  • The film was praised for its stunning cinematography, action sequences, and cultural authenticity. The filmmakers consulted with cultural experts to ensure that the film respectfully portrayed Chinese culture and history, making it a visually rich and immersive experience.
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Additional Details



  • Director: Niki Caro
  • Producers: Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Jason Reed
  • Music: Harry Gregson-Williams

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