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  • 'Mulan' live-action film from The Weinstein Company

    Ziyi Zhang is the Live-Action Mulan
    Variety

    June 6, 2006

    The Weinstein Company is in final talks to sign a three-picture deal with top Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang, the first being a live-action version of Mulan. Second up with Zhang, the Weinsteins are planning a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film The Seven Samurai.

    Mulan is set up as one of the debut pictures out of the new Meridian Pictures being established by Chinese multi-millionaire David Dong.

    The movie is written by Wang Hui-ling (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and forthcoming John Woo project The Battle of Red Cliff). It draws on a Chinese folk tale of a female resistance fighter who disguises herself as her father to take his place in battle.

    Disney made Mulan into an animated movie in 1998, but the tale was first put on the big screen in a 1956 Chinese production. The new Chinese-language film's budget is pegged at $20 million, with production scheduled for February.
    http://www.variety.com/
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    Re: 'Mulan' live-action film from The Weinstein Company

    Will Mushu be CG?

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      Re: 'Mulan' live-action film from The Weinstein Company

      As long as Ziyi Zhang doesn't have to speak Japanese, I'll be happy.

      She sure can't speak Japanese well at all.
      -Tim

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        Re: 'Mulan' live-action film from The Weinstein Company

        Mulan is my favorite Disney movie. I know this will have nothing to do with the Disney film, but I'm excited anyway. Thanks for the info ALIASd.


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          Re: 'Mulan' live-action film from The Weinstein Company

          Originally posted by FrumiousBoojum
          As long as Ziyi Zhang doesn't have to speak Japanese, I'll be happy.

          She sure can't speak Japanese well at all.
          Does it matter? I thought this was a Chinese folktale.

          I really hope they do keep to a Chinese-language with English subtitles (similar to Passion of the Christ) instead having everyone speak English somehow.

          Sounds like they'll keep more with the original story than recreating it like how Disney does things. Not that I'm blaming Disney for anything. Maybe this will be an epic picture on the same par as "The Last Samurai", "Passion of the Christ", or "Dances with Wolves".

          I think you're joking, but Mushu was a Disney invented character I'm sure. And the original story didn't have a dragon sidekick.

          FYI: I really do like the Disney version of Mulan.

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            Re: 'Mulan' live-action film from The Weinstein Company

            Originally posted by filmfreak11
            Does it matter? I thought this was a Chinese folktale.
            The last movie I saw with her in it, she was speaking Japanese along with Cantonese. The Japanese was horrid! Japanese spoken with a very heavy chinese accent just doesn't sound right. So, as long as she stays in her native language, it's fine.
            -Tim

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              Re: 'Mulan' live-action film from The Weinstein Company

              Originally posted by Gemini Cricket
              Will Mushu be CG?
              :lol:

              That's exactly what I thought! My second thought was, "Or will they make up Eddie Murphy like they did Kelsey Grammer in X3?"

              :lol:





              Anyhow, I'm excited to see this film. I believe that a realistic telling of what the legend portrays will be very exciting and potentially very stirring. I love Ziyi Zhang and this is a great role for her. Just as long as she doesn't sing "Reflection."

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                Re: 'Mulan' live-action film from The Weinstein Company

                Originally posted by FrumiousBoojum
                The last movie I saw with her in it, she was speaking Japanese along with Cantonese. The Japanese was horrid! Japanese spoken with a very heavy chinese accent just doesn't sound right. So, as long as she stays in her native language, it's fine.
                I have to say the same thing. My family and I collective cringed when we saw a movie about Japan (Memoires of a Geisha) with so many non-Japanese Asians in it. I mean, seriously, it's glaringly obvious that they're not Japanese. It's pretty insensitive, actually.

                Another example of this is when Lucy Liu was in Kill Bill as a Japanese woman who had to speak Japanese.
                Woof!








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                • #9
                  Re: 'Mulan' live-action film from The Weinstein Company

                  Thanks for info
                  :crazylegs

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