Mov­ing Mu­lan

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & Dvds -

MU­LAN: UL­TI­MATE EDI­TION (Cine Asia, cert 15, two-disc set, £17.99)

YOU’LL re­mem­ber the an­i­mated Dis­ney clas­sic from 1998, but this is an ex­trav­a­gant, ac­tion-packed spec­ta­cle based on an in­spi­ra­tional Chi­nese leg­end fea­tur­ing top Asian ac­tors like Vicki Zhao from the hit Red Cliff and Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee. It’s a story of hero­ism and undy­ing love set against the back­drop of a bloody war. When the em­peror de­crees that all fam­i­lies in the North­ern Prov­ince must de­fend their home­land against the bar­bar­ian hordes, Mu­lan dis­guises her­self as a male sol­dier to save her ag­ing fa­ther from the hor­rors of the bat­tle­field. Mu­lan’s courage and re­source­ful­ness sees her el­e­vated to gen­eral, but her only weak­ness is her af­fec­tion for one of her com­rades and this could prove deadly for both. Mov­ing and beau­ti­ful.

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