Acclaimed director Niki Caro vividly reimagines the epic tale of a young woman who risks everything for family and her country.
No make-up can hide that preoccupied expression.
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When the Emperor demands one man per family defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan (Yifei Liu) takes the place of her ailing father.
The Emperor in all his splendor, played by Jet Li.
Mulan, disguised as Jun, readies for battle alongside fellow soldiers.
Hong Kong martial arts legend Donnie Yen plays Commander Tung, the leader of Mulan's battalion who becomes a mentor to her.
Tzi Ma plays Zhou, Mulan's father. "Zhou tries to contain her spirit as much as he knows how. But it’s impossible because you cannot contain that kind of a spirit," the actor says of their relationship.
"She’s realized that she deserves the freedom of being a woman and who she wants to be," says Liu of her character.
Finding the right actor to play Mulan took more than a year and thousands of auditions.
“Mulan's journey from village girl to male soldier to warrior and hero is a story that’s as relevant and as resonant as it was when it was first written over fifteen hundred years ago," says director Niki Caro.