As Disney’s live-action Mulan struggles at the Chinese box office, a new film based on the same story is hoping to deal it a death blow. Kung Fu Mulan, a cg animated feature made in China, will hit theaters in the country on October 1 (or 3, according to some sources).
This isn’t unusual: the legend of Mulan has been popular in China for at least 1,500 years, and has spawned films, plays, operas, novels, and video games, each with its own spin on the story of a woman who joins in the army in the guise of a man. This year alone has seen four Mulan films. Kung Fu Mulan seems to place the emphasis on action and espionage, as the hero fights single-mindedly to improve her standing within the army.
Watch the trailer with (unofficial) English subtitles and read the official synopsis below. An official dub of the trailer can also be viewed here.