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06 April 2015 @ 08:47 am
Bring honor to us all.  
With the announcement that Mulan is next in the line-up of being remade from animation to live-action, it has left much pondering about how well this might turn out. Obviously there are some upsides, for example the costuming will hopefully be undoubtedly be gorgeous. On the other hand, the biggest concern many are having is the casting. When it comes to stories about minorities, which happens so rarely in Hollywood as it is, casting is incredibly important and unfortunately the film industry has a history of mistaking that all Asians are interchangeable (Memoirs of a Geisha) or thinking that whitewashing is okay (The Last Airbender). Never mind that while they are clearly just remaking the Disney animated movie, the story itself was adapted from actual Chinese legend and folklore, so the cultural importance should also be reflected as well. While I'm still wary on these particular things, because it walks a fine line of cultural respect and sensitivity, I want to believe that they can pull this off without doing too much damage. Plus, Mulan is one of my all-time favorite Disney movies. Even though it's hard to top perfection, with the successes of what has been done with things like Maleficent and Cinderella, it makes me wonder what they could do with this.

In my opinion, even though I know it'll never happen, I honestly think that Ming-Na Wen could still reprise her role as Mulan in this adaptation. She may be in her fifties, but she's practically the fountain of youth incarnate and is physically fit to accomplish the task of a warrior flawlessly. See: her current role as Melinda May in Agents of Shield.

For other live-action Hua Mulan stories, there is the film Mulan: Rise of a Warrior and the drama The Legend of Hua Mulan, both Chinese produced.
Current Mood: mellowmellow
Current Music: Landy Wen - Can U Feel It
Renée: OUAT. Snow/Charming.rogueslayer452 on April 6th, 2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
Speaking of which, has the show even gone back to them? Furthering their development, either together or separately, or have they been completely forgotten? Because lord knows my shipper heart was all about Mulan/Aurora, even if it was unrequited.
Profiterole: OT6 Peace_profiterole_ on April 6th, 2015 07:00 pm (UTC)
It was totes not unrequited. The show is doing an arc about Maleficent and other villains, so I expected to see Aurora a lot, but so far we've only seen her once in a flashback...
Renée: LotS. Kahlan/Cara.rogueslayer452 on April 6th, 2015 07:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, believe me I don't want it to be unrequited, because essentially I want Mulan/Aurora to be happily canon (and Mulan/Phillip/Aurora as OT3 poly relationship), though from the way the show played it I wasn't quite sure because when Mulan left Aurora she was heartbroken and, idk. I stopped watching the show midway through S2 so idk anymore what's going on or the intentions of the show with characters and relationships and whatnot. I'd be surprised if they revisit that arc ever again.

In my headcanon, Aurora went after Mulan after confronting her own feelings and confessed them to her and there was much happiness and kisses.

Edited at 2015-04-06 07:15 pm (UTC)
Profiterole: The Secret Circle - Diana Adam Cassie_profiterole_ on April 6th, 2015 07:27 pm (UTC)
We haven't seen them since then. With Phillip back, it's unlikely that the show even goes back to them, because I think polyamory is even less likely to happen than f/f.

The show is still putting femslash vibes left and right, though. I'm okay with it, but I'm sure the queerbaiting annoys a lot of people. I know it annoys me with other shows.
M: OUAT - Emma/Regina parallelsmfirefly10 on April 6th, 2015 11:13 pm (UTC)
*butts in*
They sadly haven't touched on Mulan or Mulan/Aurora since 3x03. Mulan left Aurora and Phillip to join the Merry Men but even though they've been on the show since then, there's been no mention of what happened to Mulan. There were rumors and talk from the writers about maybe getting Mulan/Jamie in for 4B, but if that's happening, I haven't heard about it. And they've announced almost everyone else who is being brought back for 4B so I'd be surprised if they're keeping Jamie's appearance a secret.

We've had a few brief glimpses of Aurora since then. She and Phillip popped up in the back half of season 3, first to welcome people back to the Enchanted Forest and then to tell them some information about the Wicked Witch. This season, she's had two scenes so far -- she was spotted at a mommy-and-me type class with some other characters and she appeared in a flashback.