The remake arrives in UAE cinemas Friday, September 4th.
Mulan was supposed to come out in March, but due to theaters shutting down at the start of the month, Disney has postponed the release date. While other countries will see Mulan debut through Disney+, the UAE will officially get a theatrical release this Friday, September 4th, to coincide with the global release date.
This story originally came out in March but has been updated to reflect the new release date along with bits of new information. Enjoy!
We’re a few days away from the release of Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan and it’s already one of the most awaited movies of the year. This take of the legendary Chinese warrior originally debuted as an animated movie in 1998 and quickly became an instant classic.
While the animated movie was known for its witty characters and memorable music, the live-action version went for a more grounded and realistic approach especially when it comes to the battle scenes. Filmmaker Niki Caro was tasked to bring the story to life, which is headlined with the biggest international cast ever assembled for a movie.
To get you hyped for the movie’s release, here are some facts that you should know about Mulan:
The large battle sequences required more than 100 extras along with stunt teams from China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, New Zealand, and Australia.
Trick riders from Kazakhstan and Mongolia were brought in to do some of the stunts that involved horses which were also used for the battle scenes. Some of these stunts include arrows being fired while riding backward!
A total of 90 horses were used in the movie, including the main horse ridden by Mulan named Black Wind.
A barding team was also brought in to design saddles and blankets to make it look more authentic when placed on the horses. Even special false manes and tails were added to the horses for a realistic look.
One of the sword works featured in the movie is a type of Wushu style, which they say is difficult to master. Wushu is also the name of Mulan’s dragon sidekick in the animated movie.
Mulan was shot on location in China and covered more than 20 locations including the Hubei province.
4000 pieces of prop weapons were made for the movie that was made from different materials including aluminum.
Other weapons made for the movie included spears, bows, and double-edged Jian swords.
Careful research was done so that the movie can portray some level of accuracy including Commander Tung’s armor, helmet, and belt which featured animal imagery.
The costume department took over three months to design the costumes. More than 40 people were tasked to do 1104 headwear items, 250 hats, 1114 complete outfits, and more. More than 1000 costumes were made just for the movie.
Mulan stars Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Tzi Ma as Zhou, Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Honghui; Ron Yuan as Sergeant Qiang; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor.
Mulan opens in UAE cinemas on September 4th, and tickets are now available.