To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.
- Category: Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, War
- Stars: Eddie Murphy,
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- Writer: Robert D. San Souci (based on a story by), Rita Hsiao (screenplay), Chris Sanders (screenplay), Philip LaZebnik (screenplay), Raymond Singer (screenpl
This retelling of the old Chinese folktale is about the story of a young Chinese maiden who learns that her weakened and lame father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Knowing that he would never survive the rigours of war in his state, she decides to disguise herself and join in his place. Unknown to her, her ancestors are aware of this and to prevent it, they order a tiny disgraced dragon, Mushu to join her in order to force her to abandon her plan. He agrees, but when he meets Mulan, he learns that she cannot be dissuaded and so decides to help her in the perilous times ahead.
[en] A story about an old Chinese narrator A story about a young Chinese girl who knows that her weak and weak-hearted father was called into the army to fight the Han invasion. Knowing he would never survive the war in his state, she decided to cover herself and join in his place. Knowing her ancestors knew this and to prevent them from ordering the little holy dragon, Mushu joined her to force her to abandon her plans. He agreed, but when he met Mulan, he knew she could not refuse. And decided to help her in a time of danger.
Alexander W (fr)
Keys, keys, keys... :)Such efficient filmmaking.
Blake P (au)
John Carpenter's damnation of the controlling mass media and the self-centered ruling class in 1988's terrific "They Live" might be wiggy - consider that the hero is played by a professional wrestler, that the film features one of the longest, most bizarre fight scenes in movie history, and that its understanding of physics is a shakier than my hands after drinking two cups of black coffee on an empty stomach - but wigginess doesn't always equal shoddiness and Carpenter wisely contemplates all the necessary precautions before going for deep-throated satire. Because the guy's apt and a dependable filmmaker when it comes to reinvention in the genres H.P. Lovecraft loved the most, just about everything about "They Live" is effective. It's broad, sure, but its mania is endearing, and Carpenter's cultural observations are so sharp and so solidified that the frenzy surrounding his full-bodied lampooning only polishes his stance. An abundance of self-seriousness and we'd have a no-fun arthouse feature, so welcome is "They Live's" pulp imitating cheekiness. The movie stars Roddy Piper as an unnamed, down-on-his-luck drifter (the closing credits refer to as "Nada") in the slums of Los Angeles looking for work. Shortly after a montage decides that finding a job ain't as easy a task as the bourgeoisie would think, Nada gets a construction gig that temporarily puts an end to his lack of prosperity. But Nada's world is rocked when the local shantytown is massacred by what appears to be law enforcement officials. With the attack coming hours after being a captive audience member to a blind preacher's (Raymond St. Jacques) ramblings about some form of world domination on the part of beings from outer space, things are awfully suspicious - especially so when Nada stumbles across a box of sunglasses left over in the wreckage. Moments after he puts a pair on, though, does the world, in a "Matrix" twist, become gnarled beyond belief. Through this new accessory does Nada see everyday existence for what it really is: a black-and-white wasteland where the upper class are vicious, very literal monsters controlling those beneath them through the media. Advertisements suddenly read "obey," "marry and reproduce" instead of "buy this computer," "travel to the Caribbean"; persons of interests are distinguished by their looking up like kids dressing up as Skeletor. Because it's unappealing to see a reality so frightening, Nada takes it upon himself to join a resistance group and fight the power. But since the patriarchy is much more dangerous than it's been cracked up to be all these years, the man, though burly and weary, may not be able to survive for as long as he'd figure himself to be able to. Perhaps no one would survive as for as long as Nada, however - what we have in him is an almost comically tough quasi-fighter who'd give Schwarzenegger a run for his money if his mullet didn't make him so distinctly uncool. "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass," he iconically proclaims to a group of fiends at one point during the film. "And I've just finished my bubblegum." If that isn't the best one-liner in an action movie and if Nada isn't the most underrated anti-hero since Franco Nero, then I'm Bruce Lee's cousin. So exquisite is the way Carpenter's so deftly able to make a durable, horror-tinged action comedy with as many perceptive tunings of social commentary as unfiltered stabs of delight. This is a perfect genre feature: death-defying, jam-packed, exciting, manic, and a little cheesy. "They Lives" is among Carpenter's finest films.
Chris H (jp)
Probably my second favorite of the trilogy. Saw this get a lot of hate from critics and viewers alike, but I don't know what else one would expect from a V/H/S sequal. It had a handful of hit or miss shorts, full of lots of experimental techniques, and at times genuinely clever stories. Definitely worth the 90mins any horror fans time.
Doctor S (ag)
Prime-era Bruce Campbell in a sci-fi tale? I'm there! But I should have brought a budget because the filmmakers sure didn't!Don't get me wrong, The Chin Man and low budgets go together like Kid Rock fans and wife beating. This is actually a futuristic horror: in an eerily Matrix-like premise 7 years before the fact, disillusioned Judy is fed up with plugging into a computer-generated alternate reality designed to take mankind's collective mind off the horrors of the real world. Once exiled from this "dreamland," she faces the barren post-apocalyptic terrain with lone human Stover (Campbell) for protection. The land-dwellers are menaced by cannibalistic "crawlers"who live throughout a series of tunnels underground.Sounds kinda cool, right? Well it is, kinda. The problem is that soon after we get the setup, we are plunged into the underground amongst the crawlers and don't see the light of day again until the very end. That's a lot of time to spend in grimy tunnels and poorly-lit chambers (what do you expect? It's underground!) as our heroes try to escape. The makeup effects for the ghoulish crawlers are nothing very special but some of the violence & gore is still pretty potent. One particular scene showing the plucking out of an eyeball and subsequently passing the screaming victim through a giant bladed juicer so their blood can be drunk by the gathered mob shan't be quickly forgotten. Did I mention the victim is a 13-year old girl? Tell me you've seen THAT one before. *Ulp.*Marta Alicia as Judy is not a very good actress - the credits precede her name with 'Introducing' and might as well have used 'Exiting' as far as movies are concerned. IMDB shows a long list of TV appearances but very little filmwork, although somehow she found her way into J.J. Abrams' Star Trek as 'Medical Technician.' The sets are pretty good, and I liked how the crawlers mined not only to expand their network of tunnels but more importantly to find objects and technology: intact lightbulbs, gears, motors from appliances, all buried from the civilization-ending war. They also throw in a twist ending long before it has become all the rage, which makes it fairly easy to spot.Possibly worth a look for Bruce fans although he doesn't have as much screen time as one would like. Expect more 'Fi' than 'Sci' and a good amount of the red liquidy stuff that leaks from skin when brutally stabbed.
Elena L (us)
Not for the sensitive souls. Would have loved to see more of Daniel and what happened with him after this horrible situation. But, the actors have done a terrific job.
Jayden C (kr)
really not interested
Jeff S (kr)
Holds up relatively well. drags in some spots. and surprised at some of the jokes that got through for a PG rating.
Jeff W (de)
Entertaining and ambitious, but there was just too much cheesiness and bad acting for me to get into it.
jeroen v (ca)
Somewhat of a lesser effort by Hanif Kureishi who loses track halfway the story and deviates from the main conflict between son and father and concentrates instead on the father's own confusions. The Skarsgard character is rather poorly written and it really is unclear what exactly the role of Griffiths is. Nonetheless, there are some very interesting elements here, especially since it was made well before the radicalisation of English born muslim youths resulted in lethal incidents in the early '00's. Funny by the way how this movie is now a largely forgotten relic I picked up in a $2 bargain bin in a suburban mall.
Johnny C (jp)
A scathing demonstration of the creeping corruption a fat payday inspired. How an honest, well meaning person can become a liar for cash, and how truth can be just as deceptive when not the whole truth. Really, this movie is 60% fresh, but Heigl, in her prime, in bra and panties, jumping on her bed for ten minutes of the movie, is, for anyone who enjoys a healthy female form, delightful.