The original ballad of Hua Mulan appeared during the 6th century although many believe it’s based on historical events a century earlier. Since then, the story has been retold as a poem and then expanded into a novel. Her story has inspired many stage, TV and movie adaptations including the popular Disney version which did not feature too well in China but is still one of my favourite Disney movies.

Chinese audiences felt they couldn’t relate to the character leaving her portrayal quite unrecognisable for viewers. For one thing, Mulan had a younger brother who was too young to take her father’s place but in the movie he’s portrayed as a dog.  I didn’t grow up with the folk tale so for me, Ming Na Wen and Lea Salonga were two big drawcards for me.

Mulan: Rise of a Warrior is the live action version which won several awards including Best Actress for Wei Zhao although I didn’t realise Jackie Chan’s son was also in the movie. Now for an 18yo to spare her ill and elderly father from having to fight again, it’s amazing to think that she fought in the army for 12 years, steadily climbing the ranks to general. As you would expect it’s a more graphic retelling of the story and quite sad in places so I won’t say any more than that.

I just love this piece from Sakimichan, especially her distinct asian features and the colours are just gorgeous.

Hua Mulan

Now here’s one of my favourite scenes from the Disney movie.

The following image was taken from my original Fairy Tale post (with a couple of new additions) including the Purehearted Cricket Cage – a drop in the Siege of Orgrimmar.

Mulan at night

As I was working on this post, I decided to watch Mulan: Legendary Warrior (an alternate name for the live adaptation) a second time and was not disappointed. However, I want to end the night on a lighter note so I’ll be following that up with the Disney version after dinner.

About Cymre

A disc priest and relic hunter who loves collecting achievements, silver dragon shots and pets. Other hobbies include transmog / costumes, novelty items, class sets as well as all things pets.
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  1. The real life version was 10 times better to me. Very into that type of movies. Which honestly makes me think back to before I met Cym there was a channel on television that would show foreign language shows. For some reason it put a lot of asian style movies on… must look up all those movies to rewatch.

    Going to be a hard search considering the only other language I “kinda” know is spanish.

  2. I’ll have to watch the Live Action version. I loved the Disney one, it’s got some of my favourite songs (until Frozen came out), but I can totally see why it wasn’t that well-received in China. It’s a great story, though.

  3. She looks beautiful, and I have never seen ANY version. I’ll have to look into that!

  4. That’s one of my favourite songs from the movie too. I have a secret Disney playlist for when I’m alone and that’s on it. Love that first picture and will definitely take a look at the movie.

  5. Cym!!!!… sing it.

  6. I love the cricket cage and the mushu pet! Overall looks fab Cym, like always.

  7. Oh, I love the story about Mulan! I used to watch the Disney movie when I was younger, I think I watched it in Norwegian because I didn’t understand English that well when I was 9 :P And I remember I had a Mulan game on Playstation which I played all the time :D

  8. Hey Cym, after the recommendation I’ll have to check out the new movie. Great mob too.

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