18 Sep – Hua Mulan's tale is one that has been retold and adapted for the big screen many times, be it in animated or live-action version. Not surprisingly, most of these come from China, where the legendary warrior's story originated.
Now China is all set to release yet another movie based on Mulan, this time as an animated film that goes by the title "Kung Fu Mulan".
Mtime.com reported that the domestically-produced film will open in China this 3 October, in conjunction with the National Day of the People's Republic of China.
With many Chinese citizens left disgruntled by the recent live-action version from Disney, which opened to mixed response in China and brought in only US$23.2 million on its opening weekend there, the upcoming animated film could fare better.
This is especially since the film is touted as the most realistic portrayal of Mulan. Judging by the title, there will be plenty of kung fu showcased. It is also said that her character will be more developed compared to other adaptations.
Mulan's tale, of how she disguised herself as a man to take her aged father's place in the army, is immortalised in the folk song "The Ballad of Mulan", which is the basis of many adaptations – from stage to movies to video games.
The earliest Mulan films were released in the 1920s and many more soon followed, with the most popular being Disney's 1998 animated version. There's been a resurgence in Mulan films lately, with five released in 2020 alone, four of these from China.
There's no word on whether "Kung Fu Mulan" will get an international release. For now, fans outside of China only has the trailer to watch.