Movie Review: Mulan II

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Mulan II Summary

Continuing Mulan’s story in the 2005 release. Mulan  (Ming-Na Wen ) and Shang Li (BD Wong) are engaged, planning their wedding when the Emperor (Pat Morita) summons them. The Emperor asks them to call upon a team to protect his three daughters, Princess Ting-Ting (Sandra Oh), Princess Mei (Lucy Liu) and Princess Su (Lauren Tom) as they travel to the kingdom of Qui Gong to unite the kingdoms through arranged marriages. Mulan and Shang have three days to get there or the alliance will crumble and the Mongols will annihilate China.

Mushu (Eddie Murphy), Mulan’s dragon guardian, realizes that when Mulan and Shang unite in marriage he will lose his pedestal with the Fa family ancestors. Selfish, Mushu comes up with a plan to break them up and Cri-kee (Frank Welker) the lucky cricket tries to stop Mushu.

As Mulan, Shang, Yao (Harvey Fierstein), Ling (Gedde Wantanabe), Chien – Po (Jerry Tondo) escort the princesses, the men start falling for the princesses. The princesses begin to return the affections, questioning the arranged marriages. Mulan, who believes that arranged marriages are wrong, encouraging Yao and Mei, Ting-Ting and Ling and Chien-Po and Su, to be together. Shang finds out and he is angry at their disobedience. Mushu uses this to his advantage and continues to cause harm, destroying the carriage and tearing Shang and Mulan farther apart.

While traveling through bandit country, Mushu sees how miserable everyone is and his gut takes over. Mushu fesses up to Mulan on everything he did. Mulan realizes that she and Shang are not so different, she heads to the front to tell Shang how much she loves him when the group is attacked by bandits.

Shang, Mulan, Ling, Yao and Chien – Po fight back but two bandits took Princess Mei heading towards a rickety bridge. Shang and Mulan follow, rescuing Princess Mei but the bandits cut the bridge down causing Mulan and Shang to hang on by a thread. Mulan grabs on to Shang but he lets go trying to save Mulan’s life.

Saddened by the loss of Shang, Mulan continues to lead the princesses with Ling, Yao and Chien – Po to the kingdom of Qui Gong to fulfill the contract. However, Mulan changes the contract with the King of Qui Gong. Instead of the princesses marrying to unite the kingdoms, she offers herself.

The King quickly agrees and gets the wedding underway but Shang, who survived the fall, stops the wedding saying that people should marry for love. The King is furious but Mushu and Crikee come up with a plan pretending to be the golden dragon, convincing the King that Shang and Mulan must be married and they officiate their wedding right there.

The movie ends with Shang and Mulan back at home celebrating their marriage. Mulan and Shang go the ancestors and Shang adds his ancestors to the Fa family, meaning Mushu continues to be Mulan’s guardian.

Mulan II Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Another forgettable sequel from Disney, which is why it was straight to video. It continues the story of Mulan and her love between her and Li Shang. The crew are asked by the Emperor to protect his three daughters as they travel to another kingdom to be married off. The princesses don’t want to and end up falling in love with Ling, Yao, and Chien-Po. Mulan tells them to follow their heart but Li Shang is all about their duty to their country. Ultimately heart wins out. It is cute and appropriate for kids but honestly it doesn’t deserve the love Mulan had.

Who is your favorite Mulan character? Mine will always be Mushu and Cri-Kee.

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