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Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China's legendary warrior to life in Disney's "Mulan," in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China's legendary warrior to life in Disney's "Mulan," in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation...and a proud father.

"Mulan" features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Tzi Ma as Zhou, Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Honghui; Ron Yuan as Sergeant Qiang; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin, suggested by the narrative poem "The Ballad of Mulan." The producers are Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Jason Reed, with Bill Kong, Barrie M. Osborne, Tim Coddington and Mario Iscovich serving as executive producers. "Mulan" opens in Middle East theaters on March 26, 2020.

Fun Facts

  • To achieve the extraordinary battle scenes, the filmmakers brought in specialized stunt teams from China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, New Zealand and Australia. Fight scenes typically involved several lead actors, an army of 100 extras, with a number of sequences involving horses.
  • Fifty trick riders from Kazakhstan and Mongolia performed thrilling stunts on horseback for the battle scenes. These expert riders could even ride backwards while firing bows with arrows! With actual riders and horses, the battles come to life in a very real way.
  • A total of 90 horses were used in the film, including the horse who doubled as Mulan's steed Black Wind. Several months of training went into ensuring the horses were prepared for the filming of the battle scenes.
  • A barding team was brought in to design the saddles, covers and blankets to look authentic, fit safely and work for the horses, plus a specialist hair and make-up team came on that applied false manes and tails on the horses when necessary.
  • The complicated sword work in the film was a type of Wushu style, which is very difficult to master.
  • About 20 locations were used in China, including Hubei province in central China, the so-called Singing Sand Dunes in the Mingsha Shan Desert in Xinjiang Province in the northwest, Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park in north central China, Flame Mountain in the north, Mazar Village and Dunhuang and Jiuquan in Gansu province in the northwest, as well as studios in Zhejiang province in eastern China.
  • Approximately 4000 weapons were made for the film. They were made out of a number of different materials: some were made of aluminum with urethane handles, some were soft versions for cast-on-cast fights.
  • The armory for "Mulan" included shields for the infantry, spears, bows and arrows, double-edged Jian swords, the broader Dao sword and Kapinga dagger that Böri Khan wields, and the fearsome daggers used by Xianniang.
  • Animal imagery designed for the armor was based on research of what would have been used in the Tang Dynasty. Commander Tung's armor, helmet and belt, for example, are adorned with images of turtles. For the Emperor, it was dragons and clouds emblazoned on the green tunics.
  • Approximateley 40 people worked on the costumes over three months, 1104 headwear items were made, 250 hats were manufactured in China, 1114 complete outfits for extras were made, 590 complete costumes were made for the Imperial City, 100 complete costumes made for the Tulou village scenes, 281 sets of Chinese army armor were made, 730 items of Rouran armor were made  and between three and five costumes were made for each of the 50 main actors. Over 1000 costumes were made in total!

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