Liu Yifei sings Reflection, more by Chen Man, and American merchandise round-up

The Mulan poster by Chen Man we deserve.

Mulan Promos Round-Up 1; Round-Up 2

Liu Yifei covers the classic Mulan song Reflection. She sounds flawed but still beautiful and more importantly, it sounds like her. I’m really happy that they didn’t over-autotune her too much for this song like they did for the other princesses. My only complaint is that the erhu is a very minimum-effort addition, but I like how the rest of the music was re-arranged to fit her voice.

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Round-Up: Mulan Promos and Merch

Awkward phone interview between Liu Yifei and Awkwafina here. The photoshoot is gorgeous, though.

Mulan Promos: Round-Up 1; Round-Up 2 ; Round-Up 3

A round-up of Liu Yifei’s Mulan promos so far. The stunts look a lot better in the featurette than in the trailers, although I’m still iffy about all their decisions (one of the producers recently blamed cutting out Li Shang on the MeToo movement!)

Since tickets are now out in many places, here’s a mini round-up of some of the promotional stuff as well as a couple of merchandise. All the interviews are mostly just various people praising Liu Yifei and how hard-working and awesome she is. For example, co-star Jimmy Wong tweeted that the male soldiers couldn’t last 2/3 of the time in training as Liu Yifei.

Playlist of trailers, interviews, behind-the-scenes of Mulan:

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Greg Han, Zhang Ruonan star in On Your Wedding Day remake

Everyone Wants to Meet You is every cliché awkwardly stitched together, but Zhang Ruonan still has a place in my heart as the angel of Cry Me a Sad River, so I’m excited to see her as the lead in a film. She’ll be paired with Someday or One Day star Greg Han, who recently signed with a spin-off company of the studio that produced Tiny Times. Hopefully he’ll end up more like Kai Ko (minus the marijuana) than Calvin Tu.

Han Tian (Only the Wind Knows) directs the 2020 remake of Korean film On Your Wedding Day 你的婚礼, about a man receives a wedding invitation from his first love whom he met in high school. I don’t have super high hopes for the film, but the two leads look so happy in the teaser.

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Mulan final trailer

Watching recent Disney movies’ attempts at showing fighting choreography (instead of just editing a bunch of fast takes together) have really made me realize that for all the surreal moves in Chinese wuxia, they’ve managed to extend physics in a way so that even the casual viewer can discern what looks “right” and what’s “impossible” even though it’s all impossible. Reason #1million why Disney shouldn’t have had an all-white crew.

Early Friday Photos: All Chinese New Year films that are now delayed

This photoshoot was scheduled to feature photoshoots and posters promoting this year’s Chinese New Year films, but they have now all been delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus. This includes a return of almost 1 billion (1000 million) RMB in ticket presales in what was hoping to be the biggest Chinese New Year box office in history.

Keep safe, everyone!

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Jiang Ziya releases English trailer and ending theme by Zhou Shen, to screen abroad

From the producers of Ne Zha, animated film Legend of Deification 姜子牙 will screen in North American beginning Feb. 7, in the UK on Jan. 31, and in China on Jan. 25. The film released its final trailer today.

Atop the ruins of war, top commander Jiang Ziya is given the task to banish the Nine-tailed Fox Demon who threatens all mortals’ very existence. When he discovers the Nine-tailed Fox’s life linked to the soul of an innocent girl, he is faced with a challenging decision – follow the will of heaven or find his own path to righteousness.

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Latest trailer for volleyball biopic features the winning team from Rio Olympics

Gong Li as Lang Ping and Zhu Ting as herself

Members of the women’s national volleyball team will be making an appearance in Chinese Women’s Volleyball, which stars Gong Li as coach Lang Ping. Costars include Wu Gang as the coach for the 1984 Olympics team and Huang Bo (with Peng Yuchang as the younger counterpart) as the coach for the 2004 Olympics team.

Premiere date: January 25th 2020