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Mulan II

DVD cover
Directed by Darrell Rooney
Lynne Southerland
Produced by Jennifer Blohm
Written by Michael Lucker
Chris Parker
Roger S.H. Schulman
Starring Ming-Na
B.D. Wong
Mark Moseley
Lucy Liu
Harvey Fierstein
Sandra Oh
Gedde Watanabe
Lauren Tom
Jerry Tondo
Pat Morita
George Takei
June Foray
Freda Foh Shen
Soon-Tek Oh
Frank Welker
Jillian Henry
Christopher Lloyd
Music by Joel McNeely
Editing by Pam Ziegenhagen
Distributed by Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date(s) November 3, 2004 (2004-11-03) (Italy, Norway)
February 1, 2005 (USA)
Running time 79 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Mulan (1998)

Mulan II is a Disney direct-to-video animated feature released in 2005 and is a sequel to the 1998 animated film Mulan. It was directed by Darrell Rooney and Lynne Southerland, and features Mulan, and her new fiancé, General Shang, on a special mission: escorting the Emperor's three daughters across the country to meet their soon-to-be fiancés. The film deals with arranged marriages, loyalty, relationships, making choices, trust, and finding true love. The entire cast from the first film returned, except for Eddie Murphy (Mushu), Miriam Margolyes (The Matchmaker), Chris Sanders (Little Brother) and Matthew Wilder (Ling's singing voice). Murphy and Margolyes were replaced by Mark Moseley and April Winchell, and Gedde Watanabe does his own singing for the sequel.

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Plot

A month after the events of the first film, General Shang asks Mulan for her hand in marriage, which she accepts. Hearing about their engagement, Mushu is thrilled for them- until the leader of the ancestors informs him that if Mulan gets married, he will lose his job as a guardian dragon and have to leave her and his pedestal, his place of honor as a guardian. The reason for this is because Mulan would be getting married to Shang, thus she becomes a part of his family which requires her to have his family ancestors and guardians.

Wanting to keep his job and his friend, Mushu attempts to tear the couple apart (especially for selfish reasons, but, officially, because he sees that they are not very compatible). Meanwhile, the Emperor calls upon Mulan and General Shang to escort his three daughters- Princesses Mei, Ting-Ting, and Su across China to be betrothed to three princes so that an alliance can be formed with the kingdom of Qui Gong. If the task is not completed within three days, the alliance will crumble, and the Mongols will destroy China.

Mulan and Shang set out, along with Yao, Ling and Chien-Po (from the first film), to safely escort the princesses to their new kingdom. However, due to Mushu's interferences and the fact that the three princesses are upset by their arranged marriages and actually love Chien-Po, Ling, and Yao, Mulan decides to go against her orders and, despite Shang's wishes, stop the joining of kingdoms. One night, Chien-Po, Ling and Yao take the princesses out to a village where they impress the girls with their antics. Meanwhile, Mushu tricks Shang into thinking Mulan is taking advantage of him.

They then go through bandit country. Pressured by Cri-Kee, Mushu confesses to Mulan on what he had done. Enlightened about the news (yet extremely peeved at Mushu), Mulan tries to talk to Shang when bandits attack. While saving the three princesses, the bridge they're on breaks, and General Shang and Mulan are left dangling off a broken bridge. Since the rope can only support the weight of one person, Shang sacrifices his life to save Mulan and lets go of her hand, falling into the river.

Mulan then continues alone to Qui Gong. Not wanting the princesses to be forced into marriage, and because Shang is dead, she offers herself to marry one of the ruler's sons. Shang, who actually survived the fall, finds out about it and tries to stop her. Mushu decides to help by pretending to be the Great Golden Dragon of Unity, who forces the ruler to stop the marriage. Mulan and Shang get married and the princesses are released from their vows, again thanks to Mushu. At the end, Shang combines the family temples. This means that Mushu gets to keep his job, and in his happiness, he accidentally reveals himself to Shang, even though Mulan already told Shang about Mushu. Mulan, Shang, and Mushu live happily ever after.

Cast

Soundtrack

Mulan II
Soundtrack by various artists
Released January 25, 2005
Label Walt Disney Records
Producer Brian Rawling
Graham Stack
Brett Swain
Professional reviews

The soundtrank contains songs from the film performed by various artists, as well as portions of the film's score composed by Joel McNeely. It was released on January 25, 2005 by Walt Disney Records.

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Track listing

  1. "Lesson Number One" - Lea Salonga and Chorus
  2. "Main Title" (Score)
  3. "Like Other Girls" - Judy Kuhn, Beth Blankenship, and Mandy Gonzalez
  4. "A Girl Worth Fighting For (Redux)" - Gedde Watanabe, Jerry Tondo, and Harvey Fierstein
  5. "Here Beside Me" - Hayley Westenra
  6. "(I Wanna Be) Like Other Girls" - Atomic Kitten
  7. "The Journey Begins" (Score)
  8. "In Love and in Trouble" (Score)
  9. "The Attack" (Score)
  10. "Shang Lives!" (Score)
  11. "Here Beside Me (Instrumental)"

See also

References

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Simple English

Mulan II
Directed by Darrell Rooney
Lynne Southerland
Produced by Jennifer Blohm
Written by Michael Lucker
Chris Parker
Roger S.H. Schulman
Starring Ming-Na
B.D. Wong
Mark Moseley
Lucy Liu
Harvey Fierstein
Sandra Oh
Gedde Watanabe
Lauren Tom
Jerry Tondo
Pat Morita
George Takei
June Foray
Freda Foh Shen
Soon-Tek Oh
Frank Welker
Jillian Henry
Music by Joel McNeely
Editing by Pam Ziegenhagen
Distributed by Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date(s) November 3, 2004 (Italy, Norway)
February 1, 2005 (USA)
Running time 78 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Preceded by Mulan (1998)
Official website
IMDb profile

Mulan II is a Disney 2005 movie and the sequel to the 1998 animated movie Mulan. It was directed by Darrell Rooney and Lynne Southerland, and features Mulan, and her new fiancé, Shang, on a special mission: getting the Emperor's three daughters across the country to meet their soon-to-be fiancés. The movie deals with arranged marriages, loyalty, relationships, making choices, trust, and finding true love. The entire cast from the first movie returned, except for Eddie Murphy (Mushu), Miriam Margolyes (The Matchmaker), Chris Sanders (Little Brother) and Matthew Wilder (Ling's singing voice). Murphy and Margolyes were replaced by Mark Moseley and April Winchell, and Gedde Watanabe does his own singing for the sequel.

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The Story

Fa Mulan gets the surprise of her young life when her love, Captain (now General) Li Shang asks for her hand in marriage. Before the two can have their happily ever after, the Emperor assigns them a secret mission, to escort three princesses to Chang'an, China. Mushu is determined to drive a wedge between the couple after he learns that he will lose his guardian job if Mulan marries into the Li family. After the princesses unexpectedly fall in love with the Gang of Three, Mulan decides to help them escape the fate of marrying men they do not love. This contradicts the Emperor's orders and forces him to put Mulan's relationship with Shang into question. They are attacked by Mongolians, and the fate of China hangs in the balance.

Cast

Actor Role(s)
Ming-Na Fa Mulan
Mark Moseley Mushu
B.D. Wong General Li Shang
Lucy Liu Princess Mei
Harvey Fierstein Yao
Sandra Oh Princess Ting-Ting
Gedde Watanabe Ling
Lauren Tom Princess Su
Jerry Tondo Chien-Po
Pat Morita The Emperor of China
George Takei First Ancestor Fa
June Foray Grandmother Fa
Freda Foh Shen Fa Li
Frank Welker Cri-Kee/Little Brother
Soon-Tek Oh Fa Zhou
April Winchell The Matchmaker
Mary Gibbs Sha-Ron (uncredited)
Lea Salonga Mulan (singing voice)
Judy Kuhn Princess Ting-Ting (singing voice)

Soundtrack

Mulan II
Soundtrack by Various Artists
Released January 25, 2005
Label Walt Disney Records
Producer Brian Rawling
Graham Stack
Brett Swain
Professional reviews

Allmusic link

The soundtrank contains songs from the movie performed by various artists, as well as portions of the movie's score composed by Joel McNeely. It was released on January 25, 2005 by Walt Disney Records.

  1. "Lesson Number One" - Lea Salonga and Chorus
  2. "Main Title" (Score)
  3. "Like Other Girls" - Judy Kuhn, Lucy Liu, and Lauren Tom
  4. "A Girl Worth Fighting For (Redux)" - Gedde Watanabe, Jerry Tondo, and Harvey Fierstein
  5. "Here Beside Me" - Hayley Westenra
  6. "(I Wanna Be) Like Other Girls" - Atomic Kitten
  7. "The Journey Begins" (Score)
  8. "In Love and in Trouble" (Score)
  9. "The Attack" (Score)
  10. "Shang Lives!" (Score)
  11. "Here Beside Me (Instrumental)"

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