The real history behind 'Mulan'

The classic Chinese legend that inspired one of Disney's most controversial movies

Stars Insider

17/09/20 | StarsInsider

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The story of Mulan is an ancient tale that has been told for more than 1,500 years. It has evolved over time so that the story of this brave warrior woman fits the continuously changing context in which it's told. A new interest in her history has been awakened with the release of Disney's live-action adaption of their 1998 animated movie 'Mulan.' Its release has stirred controversy worldwide amid protests against human rights violations in Hong Kong. But with all of the political unrest surrounding the film, there has been little focus on its actual contents. Let's take a look at the origins of this fascinating story and how it has developed over the years. Click through the gallery to get started.


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