[62] Unlike other premium VOD releases that feature a 48-hour viewing window, Mulan will remain available to renters for as long as they stay subscribed to Disney+. Instead, the live-action remake is premiering on Disney Plus on Sept. 4 for … [51] The film was originally scheduled for a November 2, 2018 theatrical release, but was delayed, with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms taking its slot. It is directed by Niki Caro, with a screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek, and Elizabeth Martin. Disney instead premiered the film on September 4, 2020 on Disney+, for a premium fee in countries where the service had launched. Three months after its groundbreaking debut under the Disney Plus Premier Access label, Mulan is now finally available for all subscribers to watch at no extra cost. Mulan chases some troops on her own, but is confronted by Xianniang, who mocks her for pretending to be a man. The hashtag, #BoycottMulan, has since started trending supporting a boycott of the film. "[46][47] On March 8, a Mandarin-version of the song, titled "自己" ("Zìjǐ"), performed by Yifei Liu was released,[48] while Aguilera's English version was issued later the same year, on August 28. Unable to hide her true gender any longer, she is expelled from the army and begins her return home. It doesn't work as a film that elicits nostalgia, it doesn't work as a historical drama that explores Chinese culture, and it doesn't even work well as a stand-alone film, separate from the original. [54] The film later rescheduled for July 24, 2020, taking the former slot of Jungle Cruise,[55] and then was delayed again to August 21, 2020. There are so many gorgeous shades of orange and magenta, blue and yellow, it's as if we’re seeing these colors for the first time. ", "Disney's 'Mulan' Gamble: How Much Can It Make By Skipping Theaters? Xianniang, posing as the Imperial Chancellor, persuades the Emperor to accept Böri Khan's challenge to single combat, while removing the city guards from their posts. [49] The soundtrack album was released by Walt Disney Records on September 4, 2020. During its opening weekend between September 4–6, Mulan drew 525 million streaming minutes in the United States. Both movies are based on The Ballad of Mulan, from Chinese folklore. She attempts to kill Mulan, but her attacks are stopped by the leather with which Mulan's chest had been bound to hide her identity. [65], Mulan was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on Digital HD on October 6, 2020, followed by a DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra HD Blu-ray release on November 10. Other Chinese viewers complained about some of the characters' make-up, saying that it reflects Western stereotypes of China, rather than being a reflection of actual Chinese culture. [60] In China, the film was released on September 11, 2020. Watch the Mulan (2020) live action feature film on Disney+. Xana Tang as Hua Xiu, Mulan's younger sister. Mulan is available to stream for £19.99 with Premier Access on Disney+. [124], Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three-and-a-half out of four stars, praising the "fine cast, exciting action and spectacular visuals" and writing, "This is such a great-looking film, with amazing set pieces and dazzling action and colors so vibrant they would dazzle a Crayola factory, it will still play well on your home monitor. The Khan's army continues to advance, forcing Tung to end training early and send his battalion to fight. The guards are murdered, and the Rourans prepare to burn the Emperor alive. Mulan, flustered, attempts to pour tea in front of the matchmaker, but a spider causes a panic that destroys the kettle, and the matchmaker calls her a disgrace in front of her family. Mulan uses discarded helmets and her archery skills to maneuver the trebuchet into firing on a snowy mountain, triggering an avalanche that buries the Rourans. Once a fearsome warrior himself, he is committed to crushing the Rouran forces that threaten the security of the empire and its people. [61] The film will not be offered in France as a premium offering, instead releasing to Disney+ subscribers in the country for free at a later date. She declines the offer and returns to her village. But as the story unfolds, Xianniang learns that she has more in common with her young adversary Mulan than she realizes. The people who are hired for all kinds of stories need to be more diverse. And anyway, it was Mulan who had the crush on him! The villains aren't compelling since they're barely given any lines of exposition — their backstories and individual motives are weak and underdeveloped, which doesn't make for a rich and complicated story arc." Mulan kills Khan, but not before he disarms her and destroys her father's sword. [71] On November 20, the Japanese theatrical poster was released online. [40], The remake does not feature any songs from the original film, and instead uses instrumental versions of the original film's songs. You’ll have to pay £19.99 to watch the film – even if you already have a subscription. 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The 2020 version of Mulan is an adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated film of the same name. [34], Principal photography began on August 13, 2018, at locations in New Zealand and China and wrapped on November 25, 2018. In general, the remake's characters are terribly unconvincing. [25] Utkarsh Ambudkar and Chum Ehelepola were cast as Skatch and Ramtish, con artists,[14] but their roles were cut from the final film. [88] Lauren Puckett of Harper's Bazaar wrote "Some fans understood and agreed with the #MeToo argument. Jun Yu as Cricket, a hapless recruit who joins Commander Tung's unit. The site's critical consensus read, "It could have told its classic story with greater depth, but the live-action Mulan is a visual marvel that serves as a stirring update to its animated predecessor. 'The Ballad of Mulan' has always been an epic-scale story about the power of being yourself in a world not ready to accept that, a tale that will likely always have resonance. [6] On October 4, 2016, Disney announced that a global search for a Chinese actress to portray the title role was underway. [90], Disney received some criticism for hiring a white director for the film, rather than an Asian director. ", "Warner Bros & Sony Hiding Box Office Numbers From Rival Studios On 'Tenet' & 'Broken Hearts Gallery': Here's Why", "Disney Admits Mulan Controversy Pileup Has Created a "Lot of Issues for Us, "Soul Searching Among Hong Kong Protesters After Chaos at Airport", "Hong Kong protesters call for 'Mulan' boycott after star went public in support of police", "Liu Yifei: Mulan boycott urged after star backs HK police", "Disney Blames #MeToo For Li Shang's Absence From 'Mulan' In New Controversy", "Mulan: Disney drop character following #MeToo movement", "Mulan" Love Interest Li Shang Was Reportedly Split Into Two Characters Because of MeToo", "Disney's Mulan Is Even MORE Homoerotic in Live-Action, if That's Possible". Others found it offensive, arguing that Shang would never use his commanding position to coerce a woman into romance. Disney. One of the more common complaints about the film is its treatment of qi. When can I watch Mulan for free on Disney Plus? It is a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1998 animated film of the same name, itself based on the Chinese folklore story, "The Ballad of Mulan". [85][87], In September 2020, Cynthia Vinney of CBR wrote that Honghui's interactions with Mulan were "more homoerotic" than Li Shang's in the animated version and likewise "can be read as bisexual". The more this conversation is being had, the more that diverse artists are given opportunities. This is pure pastiche, as Caro and her crew shamelessly pilfer from kung fu, Fifth Generation and Hong Kong action movies, incorporating anime and Bollywood touches as well. The Hollywood Reporter mentioned that Lee was approached but declined, on October 12, 2016. Li reprised her role in the Mandarin-language dubbing of the movie. Yifei Liu, who plays Mulan, doesn't get as much character development in the new Disney Plus film. The film had a traditional theatrical release in countries without Disney+ where theaters have re-opened. Alongside dozens of other inexperienced recruits, she ultimately becomes a trained soldier under his tutelage without exposing her true identity. Mulan was meant to be one of Disney’s biggest ... would have probably be sidelined or simplified. Disney Plus is home to the House of Mouse's considerable entertainment library, including recent releases like The Mandalorian and Mulan as well as … The film stars Yifei Liu in the title role, alongside Donnie Yen, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Ron Yuan, Gong Li, and Jet Li in supporting roles. This comes after months of delays. Disney CEO Bob Chapek made the announcement during the company's Q3 earnings call. In his statement, he explained that "having a commanding officer that is also the sexual love interest was very uncomfortable and we didn't think it was appropriate". [100] The Human Rights Foundation also sent a letter to Chapek asking Disney to condemn human rights violations and consider donating some of the film's earnings to promote human rights in Xinjiang. Disney is planning to release more movies on Disney Plus for a premium price following the success of "Mulan." Li reprised his role in the Mandarin-language dubbing of the movie. [...] Despite [Honghui's] attraction, he hardly has the same respect for her that brave and beautiful Li Shang did. But the biggest change was Disney's release of its live-action remake of Mulan.The mega-budget film was released on Disney Plus in September as a … [3][38] The budget makes Mulan the most expensive film ever directed by a woman. [93][94] The public security bureau in Turpan was added to the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security's Entity List in October 2019. Entitled Mulan: Before the Sword, the novel was released on February 11, 2020. The remake is disappointing in almost every way, somehow achieving less than the animated movie does despite its 20 extra minutes of runtime." Mulan. September können Abonnenten von Disney+ den lange erwarteten Disney-Film „Mulan“ auch in Deutschland ansehen. The song was also released in Spanish, as "El Mejor Guerrero." [77][78], The film was marked by several controversies, relating to both production decisions as well as comments by individuals involved in the movie. In Imperial China, Hua Mulan is an adventurous and active girl, to the disappointment of her parents, who hopes that one day she will be wed to a good husband. Risking execution, Mulan returns to her battalion to warn them of the impending capture. The live-action remake of Mulan will debut on Friday September 4 on Disney Plus – but there’s a catch. "[79], A call to boycott the film began when Yifei Liu reshared an image posted by the People's Daily, an official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party. "Mulan" will be available on Disney Plus starting September 4. [132], Mulan was poorly received by Chinese critics and audiences. Mulan debuted on Disney Plus on September 4th as a “Premier Access” title. [76] Variety estimated that Disney spent around $50 million on global advertisement for the film, with Deadline Hollywood attributing $35 million of the marketing budget to TV ads. Mulan starts streaming Friday, December 4 at 3 a.m. Finance amended their article to reflect this. [138][139], Yanni Chow and Carol Mang of Reuters wrote that the film had "a lacklustre reception in Hong Kong" amidst calls from pro-democracy activists for a boycott. Mulan is a 2020 American action drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Tung decides to believe her, and allows her to lead a unit to the Emperor's palace. Mulan’s release date has been an ongoing struggle for Disney, but the company has confirmed that it will finally hit theaters and Disney Plus on September 4th. If you didn't want to shell out $30 to see the live-action version of Mulan, you'll be happy to know that you can watch it for free at a smaller price on Disney Plus. [106] Deadline Hollywood reported that industry sources with knowledge of the situation "are figuring that Disney may not have earned great presales" and that they could put Mulan on a third party service before the December release. Böri Khan is the Rouran warrior who commands the Northern Invasion. Finance overestimated Mulan's revenue, as their figures were for accounts active during that period and not the total subscriber base, and clarified that 10.3% of all accounts purchased the film, with U.S. revenue estimated to be $62–93 million; Yahoo! [120], The film made $23.2 million on its opening weekend in China, a low figure but a 23% improvement upon Aladdin's debut the year before. [75] As a result of delaying its original March 2020 release, film executives estimated that each time the film was delayed it cost Disney between $200,000 and $400,000 in marketing fees, a figure that could reach $5 million if it was moved out of the summer season altogether. [136][137] Reviewers on Douban contended that the film had flat characters and a bland story with details that did not make sense. [83], In a February 27, 2020 interview, film producer Jason T. Reed said that Mulan's love interest Captain Li Shang was dropped in response to the Me Too movement. "[130], Aja Romano of Vox wrote, "The Mulan remake jettisons everything great about Disney's animated classic and delivers nothing new." [67] On September 30, an exclusive photo featuring Liu as a soldier in the Imperial Army was released on Empire's upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker issue. [29] It was rescheduled for March 27, 2020[52][53] before being removed from the release calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It received less favorable reviews from Chinese audiences, who criticized the character development and mishandling of cultural elements. It is directed by Niki Caro, with a screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek, and Elizabeth Martin. He becomes an important figure in Mulan's soldiering life, not only as her commanding officer but as a mentor as well. [80][81][82] In response to the controversy, Liu was not present at the 2019 D23 Expo, despite presenting exclusive sneak peek of the film to fans. 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All of you Mulan questions, answered. "[92], Criticism has also been directed at the fact that filming took place in the province of Xinjiang, where internment camps containing up to a million ethnically Turkic citizens are located. [140], Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on The Walt Disney Company, the seventh most viewed trailer in that time period, internment camps containing up to a million ethnically Turkic citizens, Publicity Department of the Chinese Communist Party, "Harry-Gregson-Williams to Score Disney's 'Mulan' Live-Action Movie", "Disney's 'Mulan' was supposed to be a big hit in China. With a production budget of $200 million, the film grossed $70 million at the box office, not including digital earnings from Disney+. The film also holds a 49% rating from over 9,500 general audience reviews on the site. [33] Next, Disney met with Jiang Wen for the position; finally on February 14, 2017, New Zealander Niki Caro was hired as the director of the film, which made Mulan the second Disney film with a female director and a budget above $100 million following A Wrinkle in Time. It also made $800,000 in both the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Mulan removes her male disguise, returning to the battle just as the Rourans begin attacking her fellow troops with a trebuchet. "[89], There was criticism over having a production team largely composed of white people, such as for the roles of director, costume designer, and screenwriter. 2020. Disney CFO Christine McCarthy has stated that the controversies the film has caused have created "a lot of issues for [Disney]. Originally scheduled to be a wide theatrical release later that month, it was ultimately cancelled in the United States after being delayed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On her way, she is confronted by Xianniang, who reveals that she was also shunned by her people and fights for Böri Khan only because he treats her as an equal. [105], Variety estimated Mulan would need to be rented by about 8.4 million subscribers (13.8%) in order to break-even. ... Now, Mulan on Disney Plus … [60] Mulan was available for the purchase until November 2, 2020, and was made available for free to all subscribers on December 4. The live-action remake of “Mulan” is now available on the Disney Plus streaming service for no cost, as long as you have a subscription. [95][96], According to Reuters, after the controversy about the film's links with the Xinjiang erupted overseas, the Chinese government ordered media outlets not to cover the release of Mulan. He stated that, since "[t]he traditional Disney audience and the diaspora Asian audience viewed the movie in one way, and the traditional Chinese in China audience viewed a slightly different way," the filmmakers "dug in to try and make sure that [they are] addressing both of those audiences in a thoughtful way. The image included a quote from Chinese reporter Fu Guohao who worked for the state-owned tabloid Global Times and was subsequently assaulted by protesters during the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests: "I support Hong Kong police. “Mulan,” a remake of the classic 1998 animated film, was added to Disney Plus’ streaming library on Sept. 3.. and "Mulan's few bright spots can't save it from clunky writing" [131], Rachel Hsu of the The Daily Princetonian wrote , "By getting rid of these moments of comic relief from the original, the character development suffers. Realizing that her father has no chance of survival, Mulan flees with his armor, horse, and sword to join in his place. He waited until after she was no longer under his command to pursue any sort of romantic relationship. In one, the morning mist clears and reveals an army in the distance, with its flags and colors, a frightening yet strangely beautiful sight. Iain responded by saying, "Disney's corporate policy does not appear to care about the human rights issues," on Twitter. Filming took place in New Zealand and China from August to November 2018. To watch Mulan on Disney Plus, you’ll need Disney Plus Premier Access. At the 11th hour, Amazon has come on board as a partner for Disney Plus’ “Mulan” $29.99 early-access movie release. [66], On July 7, 2019, the official teaser trailer and the official teaser poster were released during the broadcast of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Final. [98][99] US Senator Josh Hawley sent a letter to Disney CEO Bob Chapek asking, among other things, for clarification on Chinese government involvement in the film. [21], Disney originally sought an Asian director. Seit dem 4. But in Mulan, qi becomes a magical power that the eponymous heroine possesses. To the north, an imperial outpost is invaded by Rouran warriors, under the leadership of Böri Khan. 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. [35][23] According to actress Gong Li, the film's production budget was $290–300 million due to the "massive and...unprecedented scale" of the sets,[36][37] although the actual figure was later reported to be $200 million. An ally of Böri Khan and the Rouran forces, Xianniang possesses special powers that are invaluable. [64], Mulan received a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association, the first Disney live-action remake to be given such a rating. That's how much Disney is charging viewers to watch the blockbuster when it … This is basically a video-on-demand service which Disney Plus subscribers can purchase as a premium add-on to their basic subscription. [63], The film was still released theatrically in countries where theaters had re-opened, and do not have Disney+. As ruler of China, the Emperor issues a decree that one man per household must serve in the Imperial Army and fight the Northern invaders. A ferocious leader and formidable foe, Khan is compelled by a personal vendetta, and he will stop at nothing in his quest for revenge. [103][104] On October 7, 2020, British politician Iain Duncan Smith sent an email to Disney, criticizing the filming in Xinjiang, with Disney defending it, saying, “it is standard practice across the film industry worldwide to acknowledge in a film's credits the cooperation, approvals, and assistance provided by various entities and individuals over the course of a film's production."