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Mulan review and how to watch the new film in the UK
- Becki Crossley
- 3 September 2020
Disney's live-action remake starring Liu Yifei and Jet Li premieres on Disney+ on Friday 4 September
Disney's highly-anticipated live-action remake of Mulan is finally here! The 2020 edition was originally intended to be released in March but, in light of COVID-19, Disney had to rethink its whole release strategy. As much of the world's population is still tucked away indoors, it seems only fitting that the storytelling-giant will premiere Mulan on their new streaming platform Disney+. Mulan will be available from Friday 4 September to subscribers, with an additional cost for Premier Access.
Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro (The Zookeeper's Wide, North Country) brings the epic tale of China's legendary warrior to life in Disney's Mulan. The film follows a fearless young woman who risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known.
The List's Emma Simmonds rated the new film ★★★★☆: 'Where it succeeds most notably is in the casting. Liu makes a credibly understated and determined heroine, and there's some memorable emoting from Pei-Pei Cheng (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as the sour-faced and scandalised Matchmaker in more humorous scenes. Aged upwards as the Emperor, Jet Li is almost undercover until he gets to unleash his own fighting chops, while a scarred, hirsute and sneering Jason Scott Lee is a terrifically menacing Disney baddie.
But it's the great Gong Li who stands out, with her billowing sleeves, scale-covered cloak and white face paint, her Xianniang is not only fabulous but a smart, poignant addition to the story.' read the full review.
How do I watch Mulan on Disney+?
First off, you need to be a member of Disney+, sign up for £5.99 per month or £59.99 per year and unlock the mammoth array of Disney content. Search via the new Premier Access section of the platform where Mulan is available exclusively in the UK for an additional cost of £19.99.
Premier Access can be easily added to your existing payment method and once in place, the film remains available to download or stream as many times as possible with an active Disney+ subscription.
Disney has also crafted a series of extra content to complement the film's release. Extras include two music videos for original soundtrack songs 'Loyal Brave True' and 'Reflection' by Christina Aguilera and Finding Mulan; a conversation with Director Niki Caro on casting the role of Mulan with commentary from Yifei Liu, Tzi Ma and Yoson An.
Available to watch with Disney+ Premier Access from Fri 4 Sep.