Mulan Joins The Army (1939 Film)
Mulan Joins the Army is a 1939 Chinese historical war film. It is one of several film adaptations of the Hua Mulan legend, which have included two silent versions: Hua Mulan Joins the Army (1927) by Tianyi Film Company, and a less successful Mulan Joins the Army (1928) produced by Minxin. The story was also the basis for the 1998 Disney animated film, Mulan.
The film was directed by Bu Wancang and stars Chen Yunchang as the title character, a young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to take her father's place in the army. The screenplay was by Ouyang Yuqian. The film was produced in Shanghai by the Huacheng Film Company, a subsidiary of the Xinhua Film Company.
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