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The Girl Named Mulan

Updated on October 19, 2014

It was a weekend when I first watched Mulan. Together with the whole family, we watched the film on DVD just to have some quiet times with the kids. We know that they had seen Mulan before but they want to watch it again and since only in front of a movie is the only time they chose to keep quiet, we allowed them to watch it again.The adults have nothing to do, so we just made ourselves comfortable on the sala and watch the movie with the kids. I had wanted to see Mulan because I know Disney used Lea Salonga for the singing part of Fa Mulan, and I adore Lea Salonga's singing.

The movie started with Mulan waking up late for an appointment with the matchmaker. Since she is the only child of her family, she is expected to bring honor to her family. Unfortunately, she is mischievous and bring constant worries and dishonor to her family, as she is somewhat of a tomboy - boyish in her actions and not the refined type that most Chinese families prefer in those times.

When the Huns invade China, a man from every family is ordered to fight. Eventhough he is old and cannot walk properly, Mulan's father decided to fight for his country and for the honor of his family. This decision is against the family's wishes for they know that the father will not be able to survive a battle anymore because of his disability. Still the father is firm on his decision.Mulan then decides that she is going to fight in his father's stead, without the knowledge of the family. Wearing a man's clothing, Mulan left riding on his father's horse after praying to her ancestors for guidance and protection. The ancestors heard her prayers and sent a dishonored little dragon named Mushu to aid her.

After surviving the training with her newfound friends, Mulan is then ready to fight. By then, the Huns had defeated the regular army. So it is now the duty of the neophytes like Mulan to save China. After being pursued by the enemy, Mulan came up with an idea that would surely show the real her. She decides to risk everything in order to save China. When Mulan saved the entire fighting forces, it was then when she was discovered to be a girl in the guise of a man. Instead of punishing her, she was sent away to a faraway place to die. In the end, she was given a medal for bravery by the Emperor himself. In addition to that, the commander of the army whom she had fallen in love with while disguising as a loyal soldier to the emperor, was also attracted to her and falls in love with her in the end.

What I like about Mulan is that she speaks her mind, even if it is not allowed in their culture. She is not like the other girls who waste their time thinking about their prince charming. When she decided to fight in place of her father, it is not because she is a hardheaded girl. She chose to fight because she loves her father very much and do not wish for harm to come his way. I was happy to see a strong female character surviving because of her own integrity and strength instead of her looks. Mulan tells the viewers to overcome gender stereotyping and that women can also do the same things that men do.

You may want to take a look on my review about the movie 10 Things I Hate About You

Love Mulan? Your comments are welcome here.

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      We watched Mulan not long ago with the grandkids. It is a good movie.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @MarcellaCarlton: Thank you for the appreciation.

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      An excellent choice! Seems that everyone love Disney movies. I know I do and your review is great.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @AlanJC321: Me too. Thanks AlanJC321, for the visit and the like.

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      AlanJC321 3 years ago

      I love Disney movies. Thanks for sharing!

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @tazzytamar: Thanks for liking it. God bless.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      This is one of my favourite films of all time! Great lens :)

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @takkhisa: It's a family favorite. Thanks again.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: They're great movies and oftentimes with great moral lesson.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      My little cousin likes watching it over again and again, I am not surprised to see it because everyone likes it.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I'm a huge Disney fan.

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      snowy12 3 years ago

      I love to watch Mulan too. :)

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @CoolFool83: Try watching it. I highly recommend it. Thanks.

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      CoolFool83 3 years ago

      I'll have to check this movie out. Thanks for sharing!

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @smine27: Mine too. Thanks for dropping by.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @georgepmoola2: Thank you for visiting. God bless.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @Lynn Klobuchar: It is easy to see why it has become a family favorite, right? Thanks for dropping by.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      One of my favorite Disney movies.

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      Good review.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      My sons (23, 21 &19) loved Mulan when they were little. They will still watch it -- and sing along.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @Adventuretravels: You are absolutely right. Thanks for dropping by.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @Charito1962: And of course, Lea Salonga. Thanks again, Kababayan, for dropping by.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I loved "Mulan" for its music!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      Great review of a wonderful film. We have to encourage all our girl's to speak their minds!

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @captainj88: Haven't seen that one. Will try to watch it sometime. Thanks for dropping by.

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      rainykua 3 years ago

      This is one of my favorite Disney movies. :)

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I liked Mulan a lot. Really good review! Have you seen the show "Once Upon A Time" at all on television? She is a live-action character on there.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @rainykua: Mine too. Thanks for dropping by.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @Arachnea: Can't remember if we have that promo here in my country. Thanks for visiting.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @astevn816 lm: Thanks for visiting. It's really a good movie.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      I remember this movie well and loved it. McDonalds included a special sauce with the chicken mcnuggets as a promotional item. They've never provided it again that I can recall. I loved that sauce. A great lens.

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      astevn816 lm 3 years ago

      I think this will be a Disney classic

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @othellos: Thank you for appreciating my work.

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      othellos 3 years ago

      Very nice lens on Disney's Mulan, which was the most favorite movie of the family during the childhood years of my daughters. Keep up the good work:=)

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      @Rhonda Lytle: Me too. Thanks for visiting my lens.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I loved Mulan, especially how independent she was and the music was wonderful.