Mulan star Yifei Liu says she feels like a warrior in real life too

Yifei Liu plays the lead role in Mulan. The film premiered on Disney+Hotstar Premium today.

Yifei Liu plays the titular role in Disney+Hostar Premium’s Mulan.

Mulan releases on Disney+Hotstar Premium today (December 4). The epic tale of China’s legendary warriors has been brought to life by filmmaker Niki Caro. The film is about a fearless young woman who becomes one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. Mulan was one of the first major films to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Originally set for a March 27 release, Mulan moved to late July, then late August and was then pulled from the calendar all together as Covid-19 cases spiked through the world.

Mulan features actress Yifei Liu (Mulan) in the titular role, while Donnie Yen plays Commander Tung, Tzi Ma is seen as Zhou and Jason Scott Lee as Bori Khan. The cast also includes Yoson An, Ron Yuan, Gong Li and Jet Li, among others. Directed by Niki Caro, Mulan’s screenplay is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin.

Talking about playing Mulan, actress Yifei Liu said, “From my perspective, I would say as an actress, I’m like a warrior too. I always want to go forward, and I want to break my limits and I want to live in the now. And I want to learn more each day.”

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She further added, “It’s Mulan’s inner moment when she decides to rip off her disguise. She doesn’t want it anymore, so it all comes from there, for sure. But I think it also means that she is breaking out of boundaries. It’s that simple. She’s realized that she deserves the freedom of being a woman and who she wants to be.”


Mulan is a live-action movie reimagining the tale of the legendary female warrior from the centuries-old Chinese ballad. When the Emperor of China issues an order that one man per family must serve in the army to defend the country from Northern invaders. Hua Mulan, who is the eldest daughter of her family, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. In the disguise of a man, Mulan, has to go through several tests to know her true potential. The film traces the journey of her transformation into an honoured warrior.

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