I’ve half given up on the Disney remake of Mulan, so here are a couple of similar stories featuring cross-dressing female generals/soldiers that are in pre-production to look-forward to.
Disney really should’ve just remade one of those instead of trying too hard to make Mulan appeal to what they think Chinese people like without hiring anyone Chinese in their production team and end up with a weird mix of stereotypes and attempts at appeasement. It’ll be easier for them anyway since most of the leads in these are either half Turkic or ambiguously white.
Mulan Has No Older Brothers / Mulan Renewal 木兰无长兄
After Mulan returns home, she is ostracized due to both racism and sexism. How will she start life anew and find her self worth in times of peace? This story is unique in that it has a very weak romance line that isn’t central to the plot. The drama is co-produced by CKF Pictures, the team behind last year’s well-received Tientsin Mystic 河神.
*Note: despite what this book implies, Xianbei people do not look white. The Xianbei people are a nomadic tribe from modern-day Northeast China and are probably closer in look to modern day Mongolians, Manchus, and Xibos. They look like neither Russian white nor Turkic white.
The Long Ballad 长歌行
Tang-dynasty princess escapes the slaughter of her father by his father the Emperor. She becomes a soldier under the adopted son of Illig Qaghan with the hopes of avenging her family. She eventually falls for him and must chose between revenge and the Tang dynasty.
A’mai Joins the Army 阿麦从军
See above but in Southern Qi and she’s a normal noble.
The General’s Wedding 将嫁
Set in a fictional Yan Dynasty, Huo Shiying has followed her father in guarding the borders since a baby. She eventually grows to become the only female general in the Yan Dynasty, and is involved in a tangled romance with the Emperor.