Mulan is an upcoming epic war fantasy movie. Nikki Caro directs the film.
The film is about the Chinese folklore “The Ballad of Mulan” and is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated film of the same name. Liu Yifei stars in the film as the eponymous character, alongside Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li in supporting roles.
Plans for creating the remake of Mulan was in works from 2010, but the project never became fruitful. In March 2015 a new trial was announced, and Caro got hired to direct the film in February 2017.
In November 2017, Liu got cast in the title role. The shoot started around in August 2018 and lasted through November, taking place in New Zealand and China.
Did Liu Yefei Do Most Of Her Stunts?
According to the cinematographer, Mandy Walker, Mulan star Liu Yefei did 90% of her stunts in the Disney movie.
Mandy Walker, the cinematographer of Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of “Mulan,” is very confident that the film will be a huge success.
She said “Liu Yifei is an incredible person at the same time she’s professional. She did pretty much most of the stunt work herself including riding the horse, sword fighting, martial arts, battle sequences and the stunts. We always had a stunt person, but she trained as well. We would try it with her and nine out of ten times she did it herself.”
“And she did it well. You will feel it in our coverage as you see her face very clearly in the shots when she’s doing the movements.”
Walker said, “the sequences that were inspired by martial arts films such as “Hero,” were choreographed and shot with ‘a rhythm’. The battle sequences have more elegance to them rather than violence. It wasn’t just people bashing swords together.”
Walker Believes Mulan Will Be A Huge Success
Walker said,” I am super confident. Every time I watch the movie, I get very emotional. For me, that’s a perfect sign. I know the content so well, but it still affects me.”
Walker believes that the film will be a massive success because it is ‘real’. Walker along with director Niki Caro, shot everything in front of the camera, meaning that those massive battle sequences teased in the trailers were meticulously choreographed in real life and weren’t just magically created via CGI.