Seeing beautiful actresses pretending to be men is not uncommon in dramas and films but you gotta admit that most of the time, the outcome isn’t so convincing. They end up looking feminine and basically still appear as women in men’s clothing.
Disney’s live-action #Mulan remake is taking a ‘David Lean or Kurosawa’ approach to the story – exclusive image: https://t.co/BgbuXrSdnK pic.twitter.com/gBcsRN56Uw
— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) September 30, 2019
But the recently-released photo of the movie Mulan by Empire Magazine had Crystal Liu Yifei wowing netizens after she transformed from angelic-faced into a manly soldier! I, myself, am amazed by how well they did her make-up. The armor and the helmet don’t seem the least bit awkward. The last time I was impressed with women-disguised-as-men look was Ella Chen‘s character in the Taiwanese version of Hana Kimi, which was ages ago.
Seeing the soldiers together, the only giveaway that Crystal Liu is the odd one out is via the shape of her face. Hers is more round shaped compared to men whose faces tend to be more square-shaped. Standing next to her is actor Yoson An. The latter plays Chen Honghui, a cocky new recruit that will eventually become Mulan’s love interest. I’m still a bit bitter about Li Shang’s absence but this is an interesting twist to the story.
Sure, Crystal Liu feminine features make her look a bit softer than the rest of the men. She is, after all, adored as fairy sister. To this day, her ethereal appearance as Little Dragon Girl from the 2006 drama Return of the Condor Heroes is still regarded as one of the classics. Yet her glam team really went for it to make a convincing soldier.