If you’re not planning to shell out the $30 for Disney’s live-action Mulan when it hits Disney+ on September 4 — never mind the monthly subscription cost! — here’s a crumb from Disney. Except maybe you’ve heard this one before, some 22 years ago. Disney released the music video for Christina Aguilera’s 2020 cover of “Reflection,” which needs this year in front of it because Aguilera previously covered the exact same song in 1998 when the original Mulan came out. Twenty-two years later, the notes are still big (and Aguilera’s dress equally so), but the clips are now live-action, coming in five-second bursts short enough that you won’t get any plot spoilers from this decades-old tale. “Reflection” not only follows “Reflection,” but also Aguilera’s performance of new song “Loyal Brave True.” The full soundtrack is out September 4, along with the movie.
Mulan is a 2020 American action drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated film of the same name, based on the Chinese folklore “The Ballad of Mulan“. The film stars Liu Yifei in the title role, alongside Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li in supporting roles. It is directed by Niki Caro, with screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek, and Elizabeth Martin.
When the Emperor of China issues a decree 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, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.