Mulan – The Live Action Movie and Remake of The Original Disney Animation


Marc Molina, Journalist


Mulan is coming back on the big screen with a brand new makeover. The 1998 film sparked high ratings for Disney due the fans enjoying the fairy tale convention of Mulan; and now the movie is joins the list of Disney classics that been Remade with a live-action transformation. The premise of the movie remains the same from the original film. A young maiden disguises herself as a man in order to save her father from joining the Imperial Chinese Army. At the same time, Disney has also changed some of the notable characters from the original film. For example, Li Shang has been replaced with a new named Chen Honghui. A military recruit that becomes Mulan’s greatest alley. Most importantly Shan Yu has also been replaced with new villain for the Live Action Remake. Mulan’s greatest enemy will be a powerful female witch named Xian Lang. Mulan, who was a only child back in the 1998 film, know has a little sister named Hua Xiu.

Director Niki Caro stated in a interview with Digital Spy, that the decision to not include Mushu wasn’t because they didn’t like him. It’s because they wanted to take a different direction for this character.

I think we can all appreciate that Mushu is irreplaceable. You know, the animated classic stand on its own in that regard. In this movie, there is a creature representative-a spiritual representation of the ancestors, and most particularly of Mulan’s relationship with her father. But an update of Mush? No. So, on the left and right hand of the emperor, there is a dragon. The dragon is representative of the masculine, and the phoenix is representative of the feminine. In a movie, in a story that so much explores gender fluidity, I thought that that was a really nice and appropriate way to go.


In March 17, 2018, director Niki Caro revealed that the remake won’t feature any songs from the original film. It was reported in June 30, 2019, that the film will feature instrumental versions of the original film’s songs.

Liu Yifei

The plan for the Live Action Mulan began in 2010. However, never came to fruition until 2015; Niki Caro was hired to direct the Mulan remake in February  2017. In November 2017, Disney interviewed over 1,000 actresses and selected Liu Yifei to play the role of the live action Fa Mulan. Filming began in August 2018 and lasted in November, taking place in New Zealand and China.

The Live Action Mulan movie is scheduled to released in the United States on March 27, 2020.

Liu Yifei began modeling at the age of 8 and was trained in singing, dancing and the piano.Moving t o the United States at 10 with her mother, Liu lived there four years.She returned to China in June 2002 to pursue a modeling and acting career.





Michael Molina


What are thoughts about the new Live Action Mulan movie? 

“I think the movie will turn out amazing, the movie is sure to satisfy fans from the original film. I’m hoping to watch it myself along with my family,” said Michael Molina.

Are you disappointed that the remake will not feature any songs from the original film? 

“Personally, I don’t care about the musicals in the remake. I’m not saying I don’t like music; it’s just I prefer watching the action scenes of the movie.”


Jocelyn Hernandez

Are you upset about Mushu not making a return in the Live Action Mulan movie?

“A little, because he was there with Mulan’s whole experience and became her friend,” said Jocelyn Hernandez.

Do you think Liu Yifei has what it takes to be the Live Action Mulan?

“Yes, because she’s been in many movies from Asia as well as TV shows, one including a high rated Chinese drama.”

Are you disappointed that the remake will not feature any songs from the original film?

“Yes I am disappointed. The songs from the original movie were well written and added character to the movie, as well as shared moments in the movie where the lyrics of the song interpreted the mood of them. If the Live Action Mulan  doesn’t include them, will they replace it with another original song written for it, or will they be taking songs out of it completely?”