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Movie: Mulan (2009)

We all know who Hua Mulan was. According to Chinese folklore, she was the legendary female who disguised herself as a male to take over her father's place, thus saving him from the cruelty of war. In this 2009 version, Mulan spent 12 years in agony amidst achieving victories over victories in wars.

At first, I thought Mulan (2009) is going to be another "men-clashed-men-killed-horses-tumbled-men-died" kind of Chinese epic war movie, of which I try my best to avoid. Generic epic war movies exploited patriotism, brotherly love, and sacrifices made for a better and bigger cause. Classic example is Red Cliff. Yada yada yada...

But, surprisingly, Mulan (2009) adopted another angle rather heavily - the romantic angle of the relationship between Mulan (Vicky Zhao Wei) and General Wentai (Chen Kun). Sadly, it's a forbidden love. It's perfectly normal for Mulan, a female to fall for her fellow comrade, Wentai, a male because they spent their lives together in danger, peril, sufferings, and even as they succeeded in becoming generals to lead their fellow soldiers. However, being romantically involved with Wentai hindered Mulan's innate war ability. Wentai took the step to severe that romantic burden so that she can unleash the warring beast within her.

You'll also see how fragile, weak, and how much agony Mulan faced when she thought Wentai was killed in a battle, something you won't see in movies that focused on war techniques, or that which talked about brotherly love, i.e. The Warlords.

Not only so, Mulan (2009) also focuses heavily on leadership. A good leader with strategies, visions and charisma generates strong morale, trust, and belief from his/her followers. A good leader will sacrifice own interests and goods for the sake of a bigger and better cause, in this case, the nation.

My words may not convince you. If you can understand Mandarin, watch this trailer:


Listen to this song:


Then, watch the movie. It's highly recommended. :)

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