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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.
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M: Agents of Shield - oldschool bffsmfirefly10 on April 6th, 2015 11:20 pm (UTC)
I had not idea this was happening and I hope they get the casting right. I'd be there for Mina-Na Wen but they'll probably go for a really young Mulan like they did with Cinderella and Aurora in Maleficent.
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on April 8th, 2015 05:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm figuring they're gonna go younger. Which sucks because I feel like they could still cast actresses who are in their late twenties/early thirties and they could still look several years young than they are. But I figure they would want to capture that "young girl goes to war to protect her family" feel. Although I do want Ming-Na to at least make a cameo appearance in the film, just because. ;)