I Didn’t Love the Mulan Trailer as Much as Everyone Else Did

On Sunday afternoon, I was working at a coffee shop when a Facebook Messenger notification lit up my phone. “OMG,” the message read, with a link to the teaser trailer for Mulan that had dropped earlier that day.

Judging from my social media feeds, “OMG” seems to be the consensus around this trailer. Objectively, I can see where this response is coming from: Every scene is beautifully shot. The lead actress, Yifei Liu, is a wonder — a sword-wielding, ass-kicking queen. The fight scenes look elaborate and intense. The entire cast appears to be not just Asian but specifically Chinese — which, given that we’re only three years removed from The Great Wall, is nothing to sneeze at.

The few lines of dialogue we got to hear, however, made me cringe.

Mulan says two lines in the teaser (which, to be fair, is all of 89 seconds long):

“Yes. I will bring honor to us all.”


“It is my duty to fight.”

And I felt my eyes roll all the way to the back of my head.

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One thought on “I Didn’t Love the Mulan Trailer as Much as Everyone Else Did

  1. I think many western filmmakers don’t really know much about the Chinese history and especially the language, that’s why they may choose to use pre-conception which leads to not so real a scene for a Chinese story. But at least they were/are interested in this story and tried to make a film to global audience. I’d like to see more Hollywood films with Chinese/Asian characters and faces as they are so underrepresented. In terms of race and culture, I think many people are mixed ones, given a bit wider range of time and space backwards, so I wouldn’t separate the Chinese/Asian from any other races because we are literally all connected to one another. This is just my opinion though. Appreciate your many articles here by the way. 🙂

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