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Big takeaways, and fan reaction

The teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action version of Mulan (1998) has arrived, giving the world its first glimpse of Chinese actress Crystal Liu Yifei portraying the good daughter who heroically transforms herself into a great warrior for her country.

The trailer, which debuted during the Women’s World Cup final game on July 7, drew a big reaction online, with more than 650,000 tweets alone by midday the following day.

Rather than show us the characters played by other high-profile cast members such as Donnie Yen, Jet Li or Gong Li, the teaser revolves around the two sides of Mulan, who is told by her parents about the “excellent news” that a matchmaker has found her an auspicious match, to which she replies, “Yes, I will bring honour to us all.”

Somewhat ironically, we then hear a voice-over from Cheng Pei-pei (Come Drink with Me), one of the top martial arts actresses in Chinese-language cinema, about “the qualities we see in a good wife, the qualities we see in Mulan”, as a montage of Mulan training to be a soldier and fighting on the battlefield plays.

Notably, and disappointingly for some, there is also no sight of Mushu the wisecracking dragon in the trailer, which appears to suggest a realistic war epic is in the offing. We also aren’t hearing any of the classic songs from the animated original.

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