Growing up, Mulan was my favorite Disney Princess because she was such a breath of fresh air among the line of ladies who were waiting for their Prince Charming. Naturally, I’m shouting for joy at every update about the live action! (okay, a bit exaggerated. I know) The teaser months ago was enough to make me feel like they can pull this off and after the newest trailer dropped last night, I am thoroughly convinced.
The latest trailer not only introduces more of Crystal Liu Yifei as Mulan but also the star-studded supporting cast that includes Donnie Yen, Gong Li and Jet Li.
Let me start by saying that whether you like her or not, Crystal Liu’s seamless gender bender skills amazes me. That and her ability to convey emotions without saying a word. The teaser left me emotional, and it doesn’t help that Reflection was playing in the background.
Another casting that I love is Donnie Yen. I’m such a big fan of Ip Man so seeing him in full on Imperial Commander suit is making me excited! He really looks the part of the strict mentor. It’s different from the animated version, but this is one change that I accept!
I still don’t know how I feel about seeing Gong Li looking as an evil witch or about the fact that they replaced Mulan’s love interest Li Shang for Cheng Hui, played by Yoson An, but the cinematography itself is powerful enough to tug the viewers’ hearts. Heck, I’m sold!
It also seems like the comedic scenes are gone because they seem to be going for all-out heavy scenes. No wonder Jet Li in his emperor garb seems to be ready for war. I guess this is another change from the animated Mulan since the emperor himself will be doing some fighting? Well, what did we expect of THE Jet Li? I’m really looking forward to this. Can’t March 27 come any faster?