Mulan 1998

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Ancient China faces invasion by the barbarian hordes of Shan-Yu, and calls all able bodied men to arms to defend their Emperor. Young girl Mulan (voiced by Ming-Na Wen) disguises herself as a boy and joins up in her aged father's place, accompanied by her protectors: guardian dragon Mushu (Eddie Murphy) and lucky cricket Cri-kee. Mulan trains under the handsome Captain Shang (B.D. Wong, with Donny Osmond handling the singing), with whom she is soon falling in love, and shows herself to be a capable warrior. When Mulan is wounded in battle, however, the secret of her gender is discovered and she faces exposure and disgrace.

Starring:
Jerry S. Tondo, Matthew Wilder
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring Jerry S. Tondo, Matthew Wilder, B.D. Wong, Miguel Ferrer, George Takei, Pat Morita, Lea Salonga, Donny Osmond, Eddie Murphy, Harvey Fierstein, Freda Foh Shen, James Ho, Soon-Teck Oh, Gedde Watanabe, James Hong, James Shigeta, Ming-Na Wen, June For, Frank Welker
Director Barry Cook, Tony Bancroft
Studio BUENA VISTA HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 15 November 2004
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring Pat Morita, Ming-Na Wen, Lea Salonga, Soon-Teck Oh, B.D. Wong, Donny Osmond, Freda Foh Shen, Eddie Murphy, Harvey Fierstein, George Takei, Gedde Watanabe, Matthew Wilder, Miguel Ferrer, Frank Welker, James Shigeta, Jerry S. Tondo, James Ho, James Hong, June For
Director Barry Cook, Tony Bancroft
Studio Walt Disney
Rental release Currently unavailable
Main languages English
Subtitles English, Dutch, Portuguese, French
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sab82@yahoo.com on 28 Nov 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Mulan the story of a chinese girl disguising herself as a man an out to save china. this comic story which has been adapted from a true story is full of wit romance and action. 3 important ingredients which makes it a must watch film. its not just for the young but i promise that the adults will be raving about this film after watching it once. Its definatly worth watching more than once!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Mar 2011
Format: DVD
Although highly formulaic, `Mulan' is one of the better Disney films of more recent years.

Like `Pocahontas' this film has a female protagonist and she is as independent and free spirited. When the Huns invade China Mulan's father is called to fight, but due to his ill health Mulan sneaks away, disguises herself as a boy and learns to fight in his place. She is assisted along the way by one of her family guardians, a tiny red dragon (voiced by Eddie Murphy, before he became better known as the voice of Donkey in `Shrek').

This film has some nice touches and is animated very well. The voice cast is very good and the music isn't too saccharine or cheesy either. You always know with a Disney film how the story will go, I.e. independent main character wants to find their own way in life, but family loyalty and immaturity holds them back, they go away and learn a lesson fighting an evil character of some description (usually assisted by a cute side-kick), find love and learn lessons and then they come home to a big happy ending family reunion. There may be slight deviations from this from film to film, but this is generally how they tend to go and it is a formula that works.

All in all I enjoyed this film, maybe more so than the previously mentioned `Pocahontas', and whilst it was relatively short, it was entertaining for the duration.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L O'connor on 4 April 2005
Format: DVD
When tomboy Mulan is presented to the local matchmaker as prospective bride her attempt to appear as a demure young lady is a dismal failure. Then an envoy arrives from the Emperor of China, the country is under attack from marauding Huns and every family is expected to send one man to fight in the army. Mulan doesn't want her frail father to have to go, so she steals his sword and armour, takes her horse Khan and goes in his place. The spirits of her ancestors send an somewhat undersized dragon Mushu(the voice of Eddie Murphy), to guard her. Mulan struggles through the army training, and eventually wins the respect of her comrades, and is finally triumphant in doing her bit to save China from doom.
This is an absolutely wonderful film, with spectacularly beautiful animation, great characters, a thrilling plot and a splendid score. Mulan is a very attractive heroine, brave and determined, and the supporting characters are all good too. Her parents (unusually for a Disney film, Mulan has a mother as well as a father), are portrayed very humanly and convincingly, and she has a feisty grandmother, who has one of the best lines in the film, when she claps eyes on gorgeous Captain Shang and says "Sign me up for the next war!". The heroine never loses your sympathy, I feel like cheering when, having been told to go home by Captain Shang because she's no use,she finally manages to climb to the top of the pole and throw down the arrow. And there is an almost unbearably dramatic moment when the Huns come sweeping down the snow-covered hill on the little company, and Mulan stops them with a brilliant piece of strategy. Sentimentality is kept to a minimum, this is a rousing tale of courage and triumph over adversity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rataka on 23 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Another great Disney Classic, good for all ages, fun family film. Highly recommend for young children as it is highly colourful with some great songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MummyJules on 16 Nov 2013
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Good family film. The girls love this as it is a Disney Girl Power film. shows them girls can get on well in a man's world
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tess on 2 May 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was so glad to be able to find this great copy of a Disney classic.
As I am studying German its is great to watch the film in the language, with the option of German/English subtitles.
Not only can you watch it in German but you can also watch it on this DVD in Italian and French which is brilliant as I am also studying those languages :)
Great film, many languages with an English option.
If you are studying any of the mentioned languages, or you just want an english copy of this classic Disney Film I highly recommend that you buy this DVD!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheRavingReviewer on 18 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
Mulan is a film that'll warm your heart. Set in 4th Century China, during the invasion of China by a Hun Army, the film explores the exploits of a young woman (Mulan) who secretly joins the army in her Fathers stead, at a time when it was forbidden for a woman to fight. If she were found out, it would bring the ultimate shame upon her family. As with the main character in mostly every Disney film, Mulan is confronted with a number of problems along the way and must overcome them to do her duty, and save not only her Father's honour but her country too.
When people think Disney, more often than not they immediately voice their praise for the likes of Toy Story and The Lion King. This isn't to say that they're bad films, quite the opposite, they're fantastic films and deserve the respect they get. However, their commercial success does overshadow other Disney works that were equally fantastic and Mulan is one of those films. Mulan is a film about overcoming the hardships and stereotypes associated with you and showing the World who you are. Thats why this film is an underrated Disney classic, and is a must see for anyone who can appreciate the beauty of Disney.
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