Following the disappointment by Chinese critics with the inaccuracy and stereotypical portrayals of Chinese history and the main character in Disney’s Mulan, it has been announced that a 3D animated film titled Kung Fu Mulan (Mulan: Heng Kong Chu Shi) will premiere on October 3rd.
The animated film advertised as “the most realistic portrayal of China and Mulan,” seems to be a response to Disney’s movie. The film poster goes as far as to feature a slogan that read, “Real China, Real Mulan“.
Kung Fu Mulan is described as an adaptation of the classic story and tells of a Mulan with high martial arts skills who attempts to make a name for herself in the army.
The film is Liao Guanghua and stars Zhang Qi, Zhao Lu, Lu Zhao, Shao Minjia, Xiaomi, and Jia Qiu Qiu Jia. The animated movie theme song is performed by Li Sidani. The film will have a running time of 90 minutes.
Disney’s Mulan movie is based on the 1998 animated film of the same name which in return is taken from the Chinese folklore “The Ballad of Mulan”. The film stars Liu Yifei as the titular character, alongside Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li in supporting roles.