Mulan Rouge

Posted by on December 1st, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Hong Kong director Jingle Ma has re-adaptated an originally Chinese folk tale “Mulan,” which was once adapted into an animated musical by Disney. Ma’s hoping to have done for Hua Mulan what Malick did for Pocahontas in The New World.

In Ma’s 115-minute movie, which opens in China, Singapore and Malaysia on Friday, gone are the goofy antics of a sidekick dragon voiced by Eddie Murphy and the smooth Broadway-style numbers performed by “Miss Saigon” star Lea Salonga, replaced with the bloody, gritty reality of war. One of the movie’s shots shows Mulan, played by Chinese actress Zhao Wei, sprayed with blood on her face after killing a general from a foreign tribe invading mainland China.

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