Disney Mulan Cast and Characters Explained

Disney Mulan Movie is a live-action American drama, that is based on the Chinese folklore or legend in history “The Ballad of Mulan”. The movie is a live-action reconstruction of Disney’s animated movie in 1998 with the same name.

Though planning for a live-action remake began in 2010, but this project never framed its shape successfully until 2017. Mulan by Disney is dealing with a story of a young woman, who fearlessly risks everything for the love of her family and her country to become one of the biggest female warriors in China.

The movie was planned to release in March, this year. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the release dates went through additional deferment, since the theatres are still closed. Finally, the dates have been postponed from July 24 to August 21, 2020, which is yet postponed to September 4, 2020.

Disney Mulan Plot

The story is set when China faces a crisis, the Emperor of China issues a law that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders. Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior Hua Zou, who’s not in a situation to serve more.

His daughter puts her foot forward to fight for the family and nation. Masquerading herself as a man, Hua Jun, she is being tested every step of the way to check her inner strength and appreciate her true potential. It is a legendary journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation and her family.

Disney Mulan Cast and Characters explained


Liu Yife plays Mulan. She’s the eldest daughter of Hua Zhou who represents both tradition and the law by disguising herself as a man by the name of Hua Jun to enlist herself in the Imperial Army to replace her ailing father. It’s about her struggle to be a warrior to save her family and her country while Crystal Rao will portray a young Mulan.

2.Commander Tung

Donnie Yen will be seen playing Commander Tung. He would be the high-ranking leader of the Imperial Army and mentor to Mulan. Animated film’s character Li Shang is being branched into Tung and Chen.

3.Bori Khan

The character of Bori Khan will be played by Jason Scott Lee, a warrior leader who’s come to revenge his father’s death. Shan Yu from the animated film is the inspiration for Khan.

4.Chen Honghu

Yoson An will be seen playing Chen Honghui, a confident and ambitious warrior who would later join Commander Tung’s team. He becomes Mulan’s ally and love interest. Both Chen and Tung are based on Li Shang from the animated film.

5.Xian Lang

Well, there’s more, we would get to see a powerful witch, gothic-dressed Xian Lang played by Gong Li, probably the villain we would get to see. 

6.Jet Li

We would also meet Jet Li as The Emperor of China, a wise ruler of China who orders the villagers to send one person from the family to the army as a law. 

7.Mulan’s Parents

Mulan’s father and mother will be Hua Zhou and Hua Li, played by Tsi Ma and Rosalind Chao respectively. Mulan’s father will be a war veteran who now has to return back and later Mulan would replace her father in the Chinese army. 

8.Hua Xiu

Xana Tang will play Hua Xiu, the younger sister of Mulan. This character was not present in the animated movie, it’s added to bring the film’s plot and emotional content and added more motivation for Mulan’s character”.

9.Commander Tung’s Team

Jimmy Wong will be shown as Ling, ChenTang as Yao, Doua Moua will play Chien-Po will be recruited who joins Commander Tung’s team.

10.Nelson Lee

A member of the Emperor’s council, The Chancellor will be played by Nelson Lee. He’ll be in charge of compulsory enlisting of new joiners to join the Imperial army. The Chancellor is based on Chi-Fu from the animated film.

There are more characters like Cheng Pei-Pei who play The Matchmaker, Utkarsh Ambudkar as Sketch will be a con-artist, Chum Ehelepola as Ramtish, Jun Yu as Cricket, the archer.


“While the pandemic has changed our release plans for ‘Mulan’ and we will continue to be flexible as conditions require, it has not changed our belief in the power of this film and its message of hope and perseverance,” said Disney’s co-chairman and Alan Horn and Alan Bergman. 

There have been many delays in the theatrical release of Mulan. Earlier it was about to release in Spring, March 2020, but got postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic to July 24, yet again on August 21.

The movie contains the right measures of ethics, legends of history, and learnings. Not only is apt for kids to watch but also results in a motivational end to lots of teens these days. We all need some motivation in this pandemic to don’t we? It’s a must-watch in theatres for sure.

Although it is said that Mulan should be theatrically released until the quarantine gets over, the latest update about Mulan that it’s to be released on Disney+ on Sept 4 2020 with a premium membership of $29.99.

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