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Yifeu Lu stars in the title role of Mulan, Disney's live action remake of its 1998 animated film.

Disney has dropped a teaser for its forthcoming film, Mulan, giving us our first real look at the studio's live action remake of the classic 1998 animated film.

(Mild spoilers for the 1998 Disney animated film below.)

Both films are based on the Chinese legend, "The Ballad of Hua Mulan," telling the story of a young woman in the Northern Wei era (spanning 386-536 CE) who takes her father's place when each family is required to provide one male to serve in the emperor's army. In this version, Hua Mulan is already a well-trained fighter—the Arya Stark of Chinese legend—and she serves for 12 years with none of her fellow soldiers ever suspecting her true gender.

Disney's 1998 animated film broadly follows the traditional storyline, except Mulan is not well-trained when she first runs away. The film also added a love interest, and a catchy original soundtrack. Mulan was released to critical acclaim, grossing $304 million worldwide and earning Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. That was a marked improvement on Disney's prior two animated films, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules, but well below the box office success of classics like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. But it was good enough to merit a direct-to-video sequel in 2004, and a spot on the roster of the studio's ongoing live action remakes.

  • An idyllic ride YouTube/Disney
  • Mulan's family is thrilled to have found a good match for her in marriage. YouTube/Disney
  • A lovely setting unless you're Mulan. YouTube/Disney
  • The art of the tea ceremony. YouTube/Disney
  • The picture of Chinese womanhood, at least on the surface YouTube/Disney
  • There are other ways to espouse the virtue of graceful elegance. YouTube/Disney
  • Training up new recruits to defend the emperor. YouTube/Disney
  • A show of manliness. YouTube/Disney
  • Hun warrior Bori Khan (Jason Scott Lee) seeks to avenge his father's death. YouTube/Disney
  • Game face: on. YouTube/Disney
  • Mulan takes aim YouTube/Disney
  • The weapons of war. YouTube/Disney
  • Grace and agility are an asset in battle. YouTube/Disney
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