Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2020, Page: 112-115
Female Gender Identity in the Adaptation of Disney Live-action Film Mulan
Xu Qingli, Foreign Languages Department, Zhanjiang Preschool Education College, Zhanjiang, China
Shi Ying, Foreign Languages Department, Zhanjiang Preschool Education College, Zhanjiang, China
Received: Aug. 21, 2020;       Accepted: Sep. 2, 2020;       Published: Sep. 21, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ellc.20200503.16      View  117      Downloads  383
The Disney’s 2020 live-action Mulan is remade from its 1998 animated one whose box office globally grossed 304 million. Both movies are based on Chinese “The Ballad of Mulan” that a young woman disguised as a man to join the army about 1500 years ago. The 2020 Mulan movie is adapted to strengthen Mulan’s motto “loyal”, “brave” and “true” as a warrior, spill Li Xiang into Chen Honghui and Master Tung, replace Mushu with phoenix, and create two female role:Mulan’s sister Xiu and a witch Xianniang for views of new era from the 1998 animated film. These changes are analysed from a perspective of female gender identity to conclude that “loyal”, “brave” and “true” motto will push women to be engaged in social fairs and take more social responsibilities, omission of Li Xiang is helpful for women to break their hidden Cinderella complex, Phoenix, a female symbol, rather than a dragon, a male, is better to be Mulan’s guardian, and Xianniang, the villain in the movie, is pessimistic for women to take their place in the world, showing her power as a woman in a negative way. These adaptations reflect more independent gender identity of females.
Gender Identity, Mulan, Female
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Xu Qingli, Shi Ying, Female Gender Identity in the Adaptation of Disney Live-action Film Mulan, English Language, Literature & Culture. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2020, pp. 112-115. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20200503.16
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