Mulan: Warrior Princess
Hua Mulan AKA Mulan: Rise of a Warrior
China, 2009, 115 minutes, SD
Mulan: Warrior Princess Synopsis

Zhao Wei heads the cast as the titular Mulan in this thrilling and emotional fable of a warrior fighting under the guise of a man to defend her father.


In 450 A.D., the ruling Chinese dynasty is under constant threat from the Rouran tribes. The Chinese army conducts a nation wide draft. A retired soldier named Hua Hu insists on enlisting again to serve his country. Mulan (Zhao Wei), his young daughter, is quite intelligent and skilled in various martial arts. But because she is a woman, she cannot enlist. Mulan tricks her father, steals his armour and weapon, disguises herself as a boy and enters the Wei army in her father's place.


“…enough punch to keep battle fans happy” - Beyond Hollywood

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Reviewed by lenidecastro
This Chinese war action drama shares a different perspective on the life of legendary Chinese woman warrior Hua Mulan. Legend has it that Mulan rose to power from a mere... more
This Chinese war action drama shares a different perspective on the life of legendary Chinese woman warrior Hua Mulan. Legend has it that Mulan rose to power from a mere soldier to a favored general with her gender remaining  undetected by her peers and superiors. In this war movie Hua Mulan comes from humble beginnings as the daughter of a soldier who is aging and sickly. When the Rouran army starts attacking the great plains of the Chinese empire, Mulan takes the place of her father. Director Jingle Ma tries to paint Mulan not only as a brave unbending warrior but also as a legendary war hero with a soft heart for the people she cares about.  This attitude, however, does not fit in the army; and so, Wentai, one of her confidants and steady companion throughout her career in the military, sought to  device a way to toughen her woman’s heart. Her rise to the ranks was not welcomed by the other commanders in the army who sought to destroy her. Wentai saw this and so he made the ultimate sacrifice in order to save Mulan and her army. Their love for country and its people overtook their personal feelings for each other. In the end, choices had to be made for the sake of peace and for the prosperity of the people.It is rather disappointing that in this movie, mounted archers weren’t included whose characteristic presence is expected for a movie of this historical importance and magnitude.
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Reviewed by bennydelacruz
Hua Mulan is among China’s creme de la creme warriors in this historical action drama movie Mulan: Rise of a Warrior.  Director Jingle Ma opted to create a realistic character... more
Hua Mulan is among China’s creme de la creme warriors in this historical action drama movie Mulan: Rise of a Warrior.  Director Jingle Ma opted to create a realistic character who will possesses the quality of extraordinary resilience to adverse situations.  With a sharp mind for tactics and strategy and with the heart of a woman, Mulan’s extraordinary courage will save her camp from an attack staged by Rouran soldiers. Mulan is the daughter of an aging soldier. When the Rouran soldiers began advancing towards Chinese territory, the government called on previously enlisted men to fend off the invading army. Afraid for his aging father’s poor health, Mulan takes her place and pretends to be her father. In the camp she encounters her childhood friend Tiger and a new friend Wentai.  Wentai knows of Mulan’s secret and as the latter was about to be beheaded for stealing, Wentai helps her escape when the camp is attacked by Rouran soldiers. But she stays on to win the battle. This starts a partnership that would promote them to the rank of general.  This begins Mulan’s rise to power. Her will, determination and quick thinking is tested as she goes from one battle to the next, winning the loyalty of her soldiers and boosting the morale of the Chinese army. The film has the authentic feel of the age of Chinese dynasties except for the use of Phalanx which is an ancient Greek war strategy.
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Reviewed by Yuna
An epic and sweeping martial arts tale that couldn't be more different to the classic disney adaptation. The large scale set-pieces are mind-blowing and the choreography involved in creating them... more
An epic and sweeping martial arts tale that couldn't be more different to the classic disney adaptation. The large scale set-pieces are mind-blowing and the choreography involved in creating them doesn't bear thinking about. An excellent martial arts flick with an awesome female lead in the vein of John Woo's epic Red Cliff, and reminiscent of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. An excellent intro to Asian cinema.
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  • Zhao Wei is a force to reckon with this film!  

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  • An epic movie that's inspirational to women. I saw Zhao Wei in Shaolin Soccer. Her performance in this film was extraordinary.

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  • An epic movie that's inspirational to women. I saw Zhao Wei in Shaolin Soccer. Her performance in this film was extraordinary.
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