Their solution is to require a male from every family to take up arms.
The title character, Mulan, is the only person of fighting age in her
family. But because of Chinese custom she is not eligible to join the army;
therefore, the duty falls to her father. The problem is her father is old
and already nursing a wound from his younger days when he made a name for
himself in the army.
Mulan decides to save her father's life by taking his place. In order
to pose as a male she cuts her hair and steals her father's armor and sword.
She prays to her family's ancestors for assistance and heads off to join
the other new recruits.
The spirits of her ancestors appear and begin to debate how to help Mulan.
One of Disney's most entertaining sidekicks is introduced at this time and
he is Mushu. Mushu is a miniature, fire-breathing dragon voiced by Eddie
Murphy. Accompanied by a lucky cricket, Mushu sets off to make Mulan a war
Mulan's platoon meets the Huns on the battlefield. During the course
of the battle Mulan saves her commanding officer, whom she has taken a liking
to, but she gets wounded in the process. Her charade comes to an end when
the field doctor dresses her wound. Despite her unlawful activities, her
life is spared by the general because she saved his. She is dismissed from
the army and sent home.
On the way home she discovers the Huns' plans to sneak into the Chinese
celebration and take over the kingdom. She warns the men in her platoon,
and together they save the kingdom.
This is a movie for all ages and genders. Unless you find it objectionable
for your children to see Mulan and others pray to their ancestors, don't
let them miss this one. And to those of you without children, don't let
that stop you!
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