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Mark Suszko
Hua Mulan (2009)
on Sep 16, 2013 at 2:31:35 pm

Came across this one in the rental store yesterday:

It's not the animated Disney story, but a live-action battle epic, with an unrequited love b-plot. The pace of the first half gallops thru the expository parts of the Mulan legend, and spends most of the time on the big battles, which look good even with a relatively small cast. The star, Wei Zhao, does a credible job but looks too pretty to ever fool anyone into thinking she's a man. You just have to go with it, and suspend disbelief. Jackie Chan's son JC Chan is great in this, and you can see the strong resemblance to his dad, though he doesn't do much martial arts here, rather, he plays Mulan's childhood friend and confidant. The villain, played by Jun Hu, chews the scenery around him in excellent fashion, really an excellent job. Fast-paced editing and solid cinematography make this story flow and look more expensive than it probably was.

While we liked the Disney cartoon okay ( A little too much Eddie Murphy in it), the entire family enjoyed this live action version quite a bit, and it would be an accessible film for people who haven't seen many foreign films.

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