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Mulan star Tzi Ma insists new version is superior to original Disney film and its got a lot to live up to

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Mulan star Tzi Ma spoke about how the 2020 remake is better than the original (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Sundance)

Mulan is set to return next year as a live action remake and with the original 1998 animated classic being a staple of many of our childhoods, were predictably were a little bit nervous about what to expect.

Hopefully we dont have to worry though as actor Tzi Ma, who plays Mulans father in the film, has revealed he thinks the 2020 remake is superior to the original.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Tzi said: This is not a remake of the animation, so that would probably be disappointing for some people out there, because the animation was so well-received.

I believe this live-action film is superior to the animation, very importantly because of the leadership. Niki Caro is the director. Shes bringing in this womans point of view, which it needs to be because this movie is about a woman warrior.

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He also praised Liu Yifei for her performance as Mulan, and described her as an engaging and compelling actress.

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The original Disney animated movie came out in 1998 (Moviestore/REX)

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Liu Yifei, the woman whos playing Mulan, is in my mind one of the best actors out there, he said.

Shes so engaging and compelling that I believe the audience will fall in love with her at first sight, that they will follow her into this magical mystery tour that will transport this audience into another time.

And Ma also tackled fan disappointment that Mashu – a dragon companion from the original animated movie in 1998 voiced by Eddie Murphy – wont feature in the new movie, but he insisted the character wouldnt be a good fit.

Mushu is a dragon and a dragon is probably predominantly male energy, and were talking about a woman warrior. I would think another mystical animal would be more apropos to Mulan as opposed to a dragon. Thats my take on it.

Mulan is set during the Han dynasty in China (206 BC–220 AD) and follows Mulan as she impersonates a man and joins the army so her elderly father wont have to fight an incoming invasion.

The film is due out March 27 2020.

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