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‘Mulan’ Trailer: Disney’s Latest Live-Action Effort Promises To Be An Epic Tale
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Disney’s Mulan remains one of their best animated features during their renaissance. Based on a Chinese folktale, the animated film followed a young female who disguised herself as a male soldier in order to join the army so that her ailing father would not have to go.

Now with Disney turning their animated classics into live-action films, it was only a matter of time before they looked to Mulan.

Directed by Niki Caro, the live-action version stars Yifei Liu as the title star who will defend the honor of her family and become one of the most noble soldiers in the Chinese army. Check out the trailer here below.

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Geek Peek: Liu Yifei As Mulan In Disney’s Live-Action Reimagining
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Mulan

Production for Disney’s live-action Mulan, an adaptation of their 1998 animated film of the same name, has begun. To coincide with this, the studio has released the first official image of Liu Yifei (The Forbidden Kingdom, Once Upon a Time) as Hua Mulan. In the film, the fearless and spirited Hua Mulan poses as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. Check out the official image here below.

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Movie Review: Nanking
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Nanking movie posterNanking
Directed by William Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Starring Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, Mariel Hemingway
Rated R
Release Date: Dec. 12, 2007

The Raping of Nanking isn’t a figure of speech to the people in Nanking. Narrated by actors but made primarily of firsthand accounts by survivors of the Nanking atrocities, Nanking is bound to educate, enlighten, and horrify.

In 1937, long before the Americans entered World War II, the Japanese invaded China. They bombed most of Nanking. The rich people fled like rats from a fire, leaving the poor and infirmed to fend for themselves. Missionaries from all over the white world decided to stay during the attack to provide a refuge and place for medicine, food, and shelter to those people left behind. They started a safe zone in hopes the Japanese would respect it and the poor people of Nanking would be safe. They did not. It is estimated during that time that 20 thousand rapes occurred in less than six weeks and 200 thousand people were killed in the same time. Many of the murders and rapes were done in front of family members in particularly brutal fashion. Days turned into months and the torment didn’t stop.

Nanking is framed by the real-life stories of missionaries and business people of the west who were living in the Chinese city of Nanking at the time of the Japanese invasion. Their letters, often downright poetic, describe in detail what they witnessed as third-party observers. Hope dwindles into fear and finally into raw accountings of stories, their own and those passed to them.

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