Mulan

1998 "Going your own way requires the greatest courage"
7.6| 1h28m| G| en
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A tomboyish girl disguises herself as a young man so she can fight with the Imperial Chinese Army against the invading Huns. With help from wise-cracking dragon Mushu, Mulan just might save her country -- and win the heart of handsome Captain Li Shang.

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Clevercell Very disappointing...
Ava-Grace Willis Story: It's very simple but honestly that is fine.
Erica Derrick By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.
Jakoba True to its essence, the characters remain on the same line and manage to entertain the viewer, each highlighting their own distinctive qualities or touches.
doujunsheng It's a very interesting movie. I've seen it many times.
hecoxjus Mulan was a fun, exciting movie with great visuals, great characters, great music, and a great story. While the story was perhaps a bit generic, it was still very well done, and it had a great deal of funny moments. At times, the story got considerably dark. Shan Yu is really underrated as a villain. Some of his scenes and lines are downright terrifying, and they add brilliantly to the atmosphere of the movie.
slightlymad22 Continuing my Plan to watch every Eddie Murphy movie in order, I come to Mulan (1998)Plot In A Paragraph: To save her father from certain death in the army, Mulan, a young maiden, secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.To get in the mood, I watched this with my girlfriends daughter. This is a forgotten Disney movie. For whatever reason, most of Disney's releases in the 90's post Lion King have faded into obscurity. 20 years ahead of its time!! A brave heroine, funny, loyal animal sidekicks and the whole message here is standard feminist empowerment. Release the same movie today, and it would probably be amongst the highest grossers of the year.Like Robin Williams in Aladdin Murphy is second billed as the the comedy sidekick. He is Muchu, a dragon so small, he is confused for a lizard. And like Williams, he is the only recognisable voice, and is the best thing in the movie. I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would, and I actually got chills at one point. I especially liked that it didn't follow the traditional Disney ending.Murphy was hit by a scandal just before this movie's release, He was stopped by police for picking up a transvestite prostitute in a bad part of Hollywood. But that didn't effect the movie at all as Mulan was amongst the highest grossers of Murphy's career at that point. It was a sign of things to come for him. Mulan Grossed $120 million at the domestic box office to end 1998 as the 13th highest grossing movie of the year.
localdudet The famous movie of historical Asian history, Mulan, directed by Tony Bancroft, is a movie of a woman named Mulan taking the place of her father in war. Being a woman automatically disqualifies her as a soldier, and throughout the movie it is obvious that women are not looked at the same way that men are. Mulan's plot demotes women but its protagonist rejects this assumption to conclude that women can do whatever a man is able. In the beginning of the movie, Mulan, the main character, is continuously put down because of her female being. The movie begins with Mulan practicing to impress a match maker that will match her with her future husband. When her professional stylist is getting her ready for the big event; the stylist implies that Mulan is a sexual object. Throughout their song the stylist says, "Boys will go to war for you if you're pretty, obedient, and have a tiny waist. You should demonstrate dignity, be poised and be silent." The stylist is implying that the only way a woman should be appealing is by obtaining these qualities. Personally, being a woman myself, this portrait of woman-expectancy that reveals the sexism that is present in this movie, makes me question what young boys take away from this particular section of this movie. To add on, when Mulan steps up to go into war for her father, she is still looked down on for doing the impossible. Her ancestors say, "Mulan's father, forever shall be shamed because a woman is taking her place in war." Mulan is willingly taking the place of her injured father. This act is noble if a man were to do it; however, this movie suggests that it is shameful for a woman to perform the same honorable act. When Mulan is preparing to face the other soldiers, her male horse laughs in her face for trying to act as male. Animals are treated as less than humans and the way that the horse demotes Mulan portrays women as being even less than an animal; proving the sexism further. In the song that plays when the men are getting ready for war, Li Shang, the captain of the troops, says "Did they send me daughters, when I asked for sons?" Li Shang is downgrading women without realizing that Mulan is in his presence. A great amount of sexism goes on throughout the plot of this movie coming in the form of humans and even animals. Even though Mulan faces an enormous amount of unbelievable sexism, she proves that she can do whatever a man is able to do. When going through training, she comes in last and lags behind the other soldiers. However, as time goes on, she trains hard enough to become first in the races and training practices. Also, when in battle, Mulan is first in line with all the men behind her. She selflessly goes head first into the opposing army's soldiers in order to swiftly beat them in battle. Mulan uses logical alternatives to excel farther than the men in her troops and on the opposing army. Though, scientifically, Mulan is not physically matched to the male soldiers, she substitutes her smart antics to fly high. Mulan's plot degrades women, however the main character changes this thought, helping women to realize that they can match anything that a man is capable of. I think that this movie begins with a large amount of demotion towards women but there is a satisfying ending to this assumption. Mulan proves that women are capable of more than being a trophy wife, and this is proved every day in the twenty first century. Women are CEOs and military lieutenants, which manifests their ultimate capability. Women are powerful and can do anything that they put their mind to. And if every woman realized this, sexism would not exist.