Sunday, September 20, 2020

Vicky Zhao Wei’s Mulan

There's no doubt about it. Mulan 2020 sucks big time.

The flood of negative reviews for the latest version of Mulan have prompted Internet users in China to re-watch Mulan, the 2009 live-action remake directed by Jingle Ma Cho-shing.

 

In this version, Vicky Zhao Wei played Mulan. While Liu Yifei’s Mulan fights for her family and country, Zhao’s Mulan fights for the man she loves. 

The Mulan portrayed by Zhao is also prone to tears, and she wells up when facing separation or reunions with loved ones. But she also displays maturity and composure in the face of adversity. 

Zhao was praised for showing Mulan’s mental struggle in fighting as a man in disguise. And she won the best actress award for her performance in The Hundred Flowers Awards, the Chinese equivalent of American Golden Globes.











From just one trailer that is only 2:07 minutes long, I can already sense the 2009 adaptation has a heightened intensity about it – and it draws me in. As opposed to the 2020 remake which is essentially bubblegum fare. 

Hmmm, I wonder if I can find this movie and watch it. Methinks, it should be worth viewing.




 








In the Scottish Premiership match yesterday between Celtic and Livingston, the former had to come from behind for the second time this week before notching a 3-2 victory over the latter. 

Livi had scored from a 16th-minute penalty but they could only hold onto their lead for four minutes. Celtic’s riposte was swift and decisive. 

Callum McGregor took a pass from Albian Ajeti and hammered it high past the Livi keeper from the edge of the box with the help of a deflection for his fiftieth goal for Celtic. In the twenty-third minute, the Scotland midfielder sent Greg Taylor racing down the left and his cut-back was smartly converted by the influential Ryan Christie. And then Christie set up Ajeti for Celtic’s third on 52 minutes. 

Livi pulled a goal back in the 78th minute but it was not enough to prevent the champions going ahead of Rangers on goals for having played the same number of games. 

Celtic travel to Latvia to meet Riga FC in the third round of Europa League qualifying on Thursday, and their next league game sees them host Hibs next Sunday.

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