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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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igrockspockigrockspock on April 7th, 2015 02:36 am (UTC)
Are they remaking Disney's Mulan into a live-action film, or are they making an American version of the Chinese live-acttion Hua Mulan: Rise of a Warrior? The Chinese film was optioned by a studio in the US, so it never played here, but then the US version was shelved. Zhang Ziyi was supposed to play Mulan. I would love to see that project come to fruition.
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on April 7th, 2015 02:47 am (UTC)
They're making it from the Disney version, as part of the trend of Disney live-action film franchise that's been catching rapid popularity lately, from Maleficent and the recent Cinderella and the future Beauty and the Beast.

I would love there to be a non-Disney Mulan made for American audiences. I don't know how likely that is to happen, though.