The story of Mulan is one of the most mundane of all Chinese folktales. In Ancient China, with folklore rife with magic, Gods, Demons, Dragons and all kinds of supernatural influences, it was the plausibility of Mulan that made it such a compelling story.
Though her story has changed through the centuries, its core elements remain constant.
A young girl’s elderly and sickly father is called up in the draft. He is too old, and ill to go off to fight, but they have no alternative. The father must go to war. Mulan decides to serve in his place. To do so, she will need to disguise herself as a man.
This episode discusses the differences between Dinsey’s Mulan, and the Mulan from the varied Chinese legends.
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Kurtti, Jeff. “Art of Mulan, The” Hyperion; 1ST edition (June 20, 1998)
Fuhai, Huang (Translator). “Song of Mulan”. Shanghai, People’s Fine Arts Publishing House (March 1, 2010)
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Hua Mulan chuan qi a.k.a. Saga of Mulan, Dir. Lili Qiu, Dir. Lang Xiao, Tianjin Film Studio, Changchun Film Studio (1994)
Mulan, Dir. Barry Cook, Dir. Tony Bancroft, Buena Vista Pictures 1998
Hua Mulan, Dir. Jingle Ma, Dir. Wei Dong, Beijing Poly-bona Film Publishing Company 2009
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