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Mulan (2009)

aka Mulan

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Details: 115 mins · English, Deutsch, Chinese

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Cast:

Small Wen Tai
No_movie_poster Fei XiaoHu
No_movie_poster Hu Kui
No_movie_poster Rouran Princess
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No_movie_poster young Hua Mulan
Small Mulan
No_movie_poster Mao Dun
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No_movie_poster Fei Xiaohu

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No_movie_poster Tan Dun Music
No_movie_poster Jingle Ma Director
No_movie_poster Chi-Leung Kwong Editor
No_movie_poster Guangcheng Song Producer
No_movie_poster Ting Zhang Screenplay

Plot:

In 450 A.D., the ruling Chinese dynasty is under constant threat from the ruthless and power-hungry Rouran tribes. With such a major security threat at hand, the Chinese army conducts a nation wide draft. A retired soldier named Hua Hu insists on enlisting again to serve his country. Mulan (Zhao Wei), his young daughter, is quite intelligent and unusually skilled in martial arts and kung fu. But because she is woman, she cannot enlist. Unable to bear the thought of her father suffering due to his severe illness, Mulan gets her father drunk, steals his armor and weapon, disguises herself as a boy and enters the army in her father's place.

Through the harsh military training, Mulan proves to be quite courageous, quick-witted, quick-thinking, and unstoppable, always helping others fend off the army bullies. She gains the attention of Wentai (Chen Kun), the battalion's Sub Commander. They soon befriend and develop a mutual fondness and liking for one another. However, Mulan is in constant danger of revealing her gender.

At nighttime when Wentai is taking a bath in a hot spring, he accidentally runs into Mulan. After a brief skirmish, Mulan escapes without exposing her identity. However, Wentai becomes determined to uncover the woman hiding among the troops. To make things worse, the army bully loses a jade pendant and a strip-search is ordered. Terrified to reveal herself as a woman and tarnish her father's reputation, Mulan admits that she committed the theft and is sentenced to death.

In prison, she tells Wentai the truth and he promises to keep her secret until the very end. When Rourans launch a surprise attack, Wentai releases Mulan from jail to let her go flee. But Mulan stays back to fight in the ongoing battle and eventually decapitates the Rouran general. Due to this, her life is spared and she is also promoted to be a female sub-commander. Together, Mulan and Wentai fight through various battles and sustain heavy loses, and their mutual and deep friendship gradually blossoms into genuinely strong and close romance.

On the other hand, the Rourans continue to become even stronger and more dangerous after their Prince, Mudan, murders his own father to seize the throne. Facing an unprecedented scale of attack, Mulan is vastly outnumbered and, like the rest, is wounded when a huge dust storm appears. Her love, friendship, courage, loyalty, and brevity are suddenly put to the ultimate test.

Mulan changes her military uniform to that of a Rouran woman's to save Wentai. Talking to the Rouran princess, she reveals her gender as female and tells her that she would help her fulfill her dream to stop the war and for peace. Mulan saves Wentai and returns to the Wei capital, where she at last reveals herself as a woman. As Mulan asks to only return to her village to take care of her ill father, the emperor announces the engagement of the Rouran Princess and Wentai to bring peace to the two empires. Back at Mulan's hometown, Wentai visits her to ask her to runaway with him. But Mulan sadly chooses the country of China over their pure, genuinely strong and close romantic relationship. He respects her decision, and the two share a passionate embrace before Wentai departs.

The movie ends with Mulan saying,"Someone once said, go too far from home and you will lose your roots. Kill too many people, and you will forget yourself. If you die in battle, your life will sink into the ground like rain and vanish without a trace. If at that time, you fall in love with someone, hope with blossom again from the earth and embrace life passionately. Thank you, Wentai."