No one involved has yet been made a man out of
August 25, 2017 1:47 PM   Subscribe

Live action version of Mulan, with a cast of quite talented child actors.

Skip to 33:54 to hear "I'll make a man out of you." I do not know anything about where this comes from and hope someone can provide context. It is not a straight remake of Mulan, and it somehow includes some elements from other Disney films (Aladdin song right around minute 17? Let it go around minute 56?).
posted by cubby (13 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
That's actually really good. Weird, what with the non-Mulan songs, but good.
posted by schoolgirl report at 2:19 PM on August 25, 2017

Also worth watching, found through the sidebar: MULAN Live Action - Destiny of a Warrior, an audition/production of some kind, but just as enjoyable as the child actors.

Great post.
posted by Fizz at 2:24 PM on August 25, 2017

"Out of no one involved has yet a man been made", I guess?
posted by qntm at 3:27 PM on August 25, 2017

I so much want to know how stuff translates literally
posted by bleep at 4:00 PM on August 25, 2017

I think it's interesting how they adapted other songs where they needed more musical numbers.
posted by bleep at 4:01 PM on August 25, 2017 [1 favorite]

...this is kinda amazing.
i do not know who made this or how but somehow i am glad it exists. how does something like this get made. also i started hiccuping with laughter when the dude broke into the re-lyricised chinese version of "let it go".

the subtitles are not entirely accurate and it also gets funnier if you have some knowledge of chinese tv drama tropes.
posted by aielen at 4:59 PM on August 25, 2017 [1 favorite]

also the subtitles for "singing in the rain" are completely wrong. but i am awed that someone out there thought to make a bunch of chinese kids dress up in period costumes and sing "singing in the rain" with completely different chinese lyrics in the context of a hua mulan drama.

...and then topped it off by launching straight into celine dion's "my heart will go on" following that.
posted by aielen at 5:09 PM on August 25, 2017

What are they saying in that bit?
posted by bleep at 5:27 PM on August 25, 2017

What are they saying in that bit?

Um... something like:

Cheya don't go
You are leaving without saying anything
The road ahead is so long
You are leaving without looking back

I am really sorry
I was already too ashamed to face you
I knew today would be like this
Not like it was before, let's not be in contact

The unhappiness and hatred of the past
Is ultimately a blank

Come back quickly!
We are all here!
No matter how long youth is
Why not sing to wine
The wind is me, the moon is me*

The wind has travelled eight thousand miles
Not asking when it is coming back

This farewell -

I'll eventually go
I don't want to go

Hope all that you'll bring back will be good news


*maybe this was some metaphor/literary expression I have no clue about
posted by aielen at 6:39 PM on August 25, 2017 [3 favorites]

Fight scenes still better than iron fist's
posted by Comrade_robot at 7:17 PM on August 25, 2017 [4 favorites]

"Honor to Us All" made the rounds back at the start of the year. So glad to see more of this production!
My understanding is that is from a Chinese TV show called "Little Actors and Actresses."
Here is the side-by-side with the Disney version. Wow!
posted by LEGO Damashii at 7:59 PM on August 25, 2017 [5 favorites]

I am weirded out that the costumes are sewn together instead of being wrapped. At least some of them have linings of separate fabric, so it isn't just cheaping out on construction (is probably more difficult construction and less adaptable to different size actors).

But it's utterly delightful all the same. I liked the movie and Kingston's book and Jackie Chan's singing and a couple other adaptations. More!
posted by clew at 3:26 PM on September 9, 2017

(Although leaving out Mu Lan's informal engineering in the beginning makes the plot conclusion less elegant.)
posted by clew at 3:28 PM on September 9, 2017

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