Disney in the recent years Disney has made a remakeof every classic tale in the world and given it a live action adaptation . Though it has gotten a lot of flak for the lack of originality. But similarly people have appreciated their different approach to these movies. In their ‘princess’ in yesterday’s years they regularly showcased women as objects and extremely weak but they changed this weak treatment in the movies and instead tried to show their strength, spirit and determination.
People saw it in the most apt way in Beauty and the Beast where the character of Belle from the conception to the execution was filled with strength. And now with Mulan they need to push forward more. Because even in the shackles of close mindedness in the yesteryears Mulan’s strength appeared in leaps and bounds in front of the screen. So they needed to literally blast that strength in the live action adaptation.
And by all reports they did.
When the live action adaptation was announced most of the fans were worried about how the main character will be portrayed, will get ethnicity be maintained in casting or how the fight sequences take place. But the movie is so multifaceted and the story was so ahead of it’s time that there were plenty of present issues to be concerned one of which was Me Too. Something which joyously the creators did.
It was because if this movement that the character of Li Shang was removed. When asked the creators said it was done because the concept of a superior having feelings for a junior kn this era feels uncomfortable especially because of Me Too.
Producer Jason Reed said that they divided the character into two separate personalities to deal with this issue Commander Tung (Donnie Yen) who serves as her surrogate father and mentor in the course of the movie. The other is Honghui (Yoson An) who is [Mulan’s] equal in the squad.
They are very much right as one of the issues in this movement has been how men in dominating positions have exploited women in lower positions.