Disney’s live-action version of Mulan claims to combine elements of the 1998 animated feature with new Wuxia action-fantasy sequences and a tone overall closer to traditional Chinese tellings of the classical folk heroine’s story. But did Hua Mulan actually exist — and even if not, where and when did this story come from and why has it endured for so long?

This is The Big Picture with Bob Chipman, talking about the reality of Hua Mulan.

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Bob Chipman
Bob Chipman is a critic and author.

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