This will give you goosebumps! Check-out the gorgeous new Teaser and Poster for Disney‘s MULAN, the live-action adaptation.
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. “Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan;Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”.
See the Teaser:
Walt Disney Studios Canada release MULANFriday, March 27, 2020.
Great news! Disney’s live-action MULAN, directed by Niki Caro, officially is in production now between China and New Zealand. Check-out the above new promo photo!
Synopsis: “Mulan” is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the place of her ailing father as Hua Jun, becoming one of China’s greatest warriors ever.
Liu Yifei (“The Forbidden Kingdom,” “Once Upon a Time”) was cast as Hua Mulan following a year-long global casting search. Joining her in the film are: Donnie Yen (“Star Wars: Rogue One”); Jason Scott Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny”); Yoson An (“The Meg”); Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Pitch Perfect”); Ron Yuan (“Marco Polo”); Tzi Ma (“Arrival”); Rosalind Chao (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”); Cheng Pei-Pei (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”); Nelson Lee; Chum Ehelepola; with Gong Li (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Raise the Red Lantern”) and Jet Li (“Shaolin Temple,” “Lethal Weapon 4”).
Walt Disney Motion Studios Motion Pictures Canada release MULANFriday, March 27, 2020.
(Photo/video credit: Walt Disney Motion Studios Motion Pictures Canada)
The Year of the Ram brings some uncertainty and mystery, but promises to be somewhat peaceful. Of course, this varies depending which Animal Sign you were born under. Let’s see together what your Year of the Ram Horoscope holds for you. If you aren’t sure, simply look-up the year you are born in to locate your Animal Sign. Although I normally rely on Singapore’s GEOMANCY HUT, this year they didn’t release a 2015 Horoscope. I did snoop around and found this Horoscope on MYSTIC SCRIPTS which is v. easy to understand, clear and straight-forward. Click here to read. Chinese New Year is celebrated this year on Thursday, February 19, 2015.
And now to share with you some things which are amazing and Chinese, because I’m proud of my People!
G.E.M. (an acronym for “Get Everybody Moving”) might be pint-sized, but this adorable 23-year-old Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist is perhaps the greatest Musical Act to come out of Asia in quite some time. Hong Kong-born Gloria Tang has become an international sensation among the Chinese Community thanks to some smart Internet-based marketing which made her a viral success. Her Vocals are phenomenal, but equally she is a magnificent Entertainer. I encourage you to check-out a couple samples of her singing below. You will be blown away and I’m extremely-proud as a Fan to see her great success. She is an absolute Standout in a Market filled with Beauty Pageant Contestants-turned-Singers, Actors-turned Singers and Children of prominent Celebs who get a recording contract by default. Literally every Song coming out of Hong Kong sounds the same right now, but G.E.M. (seen top left in collage) is different.
G.E.M. ft. Jason Mraz – LUCKY
G.E.M. – If I Were a Boy
CHINESE NEW YEAR FOODS
If you visit any Chinese Grocer (i.e. Loblaws-owned T&T) around this time of year, you will find right by the Cash, piles of Chinese New Year Candies. Growing-up, my Mom always brought home these amazing treats and I think you absolutely must try these!
Su Xin Tang (translation: Flaky Heart Candies, top-right in collage)
One-part pastry, one part-candy, these usually come in a large bag of 12 flavours including Black Sesame, Almond, Coffee, Peanut, Coconut, Mixed Nuts, Cola, etc. They are delectably sweet, firm and crispy. Kinda like the center of a Crispy Crunch! Fave.
Li Shi Tang(translation: Lucky Candies, bottom-left in collage)
They taste of strawberry and almost a bit floral-like, which is fitting in that Cherry Blossoms often signify luck during Chinese New Year. If you’ve ever had a Peach Blossom Tea Latte at Starbucks in its limited edition run, I’d equate its flavour to being similar to these hard and chewy delights. They are packaged charmingly in shiny Red Envelopes similar to those that we receive from our married Family members – an incentive to remain single as only those married have to give them out at Chinese New Year!
Yu Tou Gao(translation: Taro Cake, second from top-left in collage)
Ube quickly is catching-on in these parts as a new “it” flavour (I’ve heard of Ube-flavoured Doughnuts at some Hipster Shops) so if you’ve tried the Purple Yam in some incarnation, you’ll sorta get what to expect with Taro as they are similar. They often serve this at DimSum during Lunch, but for me it is synonymous with Chinese New Year. It is savoury, glutinous and outright delicious with small cubes of the Sweet Potato cut into the mixture; best served pan-fried.
CHINESE NEW YEAR ORNAMENTS
Although Alpacas aren’t Lambs, they are friends of the latter in that Alpacas protect baby Lambs from preying Foxes. We think these Alpaca Stuffies (bottom-center in collage) from Japan named ALPACASSOare absolutely adorable! Kelly Clarkson recently was in-town and I bought one for her Daughter River Rose and she was in love (read more)! Shop online here. Broadcast Books sells these at Pacific Mall for those of you in Toronto/Markham. Trinkets are a must to celebrate!
From acclaimed Director Zhang Yi Mou, COMING HOME was a critical success at TIFF ’14. Although Mongrel Media won’t be releasing the Drama till later this year in Canada, here is a Preview of the heartbreaking tale of separation among a Family during the Cultural Revolution, starring Queen of Chinese Cinema, Gong Li (seen bottom-right in collage)and Chen Dao Ming.
A continuation of the ratings-smash TVB Series, which had a successful two-installments in Hong Kong, TRIUMPH IN THE SKIES (top, second from left in collage) is all the rage right now in Hong Kong as it is set to open Chinese New Year Holiday Weekend, expected to pull-in huge numbers. Its soapy Plot centers on a group of Flight Attendants and Pilots and their complicated love lives and career challenges. It brings together an A-List Cast including Golden Horse Award (Asia’s Oscars) Winning Actor Francis Ng, Chinese Pop MegastarSammi Cheng, red-hot TV Actor Julian Cheung and Award-winning TV Actress Charmaine Sheh.