Disney’s live-action model of Mulan was lastly launched on Sept. 4, however there may be one character who would not make an look: Li Shang. Whereas the character serves as Mulan’s commander-turned-love-interest within the authentic animated movie, he’s not within the reboot. As an alternative, the character is break up into two elements with Donnie Yen enjoying Commander Tung and Yoson An enjoying a soldier named Chen Honghui, who acts as Mulan’s love curiosity.
So, what’s the purpose for the switch-up? The movie’s producer Jason Reed stated the #MeToo motion closely influenced their determination to reimagine the character. “We break up Li Shang into two characters. One turned Commander Tung, who serves as her surrogate father and mentor in the middle of the film. The opposite is Honghui who’s her equal within the squad,” he advised Collider in February. “I believe notably within the time of the #MeToo motion, having a commanding officer that can also be the sexual love curiosity was very uncomfortable and we did not suppose it was acceptable.”
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Simply as Mulan and Li Shang’s characters begin off on the improper foot within the animated movie, Chen Honghui’s relationship with Mulan within the live-action film is a sluggish burn. “As they progress by means of the coaching collectively, they form of have this unstated bond about it as a result of they acknowledge one another’s warrior spirit,” the New Zealand actor stated about his character. “That is how they form of construct their friendship up, to start with, by means of the coaching and acknowledging one another.”
Remember to tune into the movie on Disney+ to see how their relationship pans out.