ZHOU: There have been many tales
of the great warrior, Mulan.
But, ancestors, this one is mine.
Here she is.
A young shoot, all green...
unaware of the blade.
If you had such a daughter...
her chi, the boundless energy of life itself...
speaking through her every motion...
could you tell her that only a son could wield chi?
That a daughter would risk shame, dishonor, exile?
Ancestors, I could not.
ZHOU: This way.
That's the last one.
Mulan! Forget the chicken!
It will come back!
-(WOMAN SCREAMING) -(CHICKEN CLUCKING)
Tell me your sister is not the cause of this.
-(GASPS) -(BABY CRIES)
-Take control of yourself! -(GIGGLING)
(CLUCKING AND SQUAWKING)
-(GRUNTS) -(CHICKEN CLUCKING)
ZHOU: Mulan! Listen very carefully.
Mulan, what happened when you fell off the roof?
It was like you were a bird.
There's a spider crawling in your hair.
You know I'm afraid of spiders.
This is not one of your tricks, is it, Mulan?
Don't worry, if you hold very still...
I will squash it.
LI: It is because I'm trying to protect Mulan
that I say this.
Mulan is young.
She is still learning how to control herself.
You make excuses for her.
You forget, Mulan is a daughter, not a son.
A daughter brings honor through marriage.
Any man would be fortunate to marry either of our daughters.
I ask you, what man will want to marry a girl
who flits around rooftops, chasing chickens?
Xiu gives me no trouble.
The matchmaker will find a good husband for her.
It is Mulan I worry about.
They'll call her a witch.
It's time you talked to her.
Do you know why the phoenix
sits at the entrance of our shrine?
She is the emissary for our ancestors.
But I broke her.
Some say the phoenix is consumed by flame...
and emerges again.
I think she can survive a broken wing.
Your chi is strong, Mulan.
But chi is for warriors...
Soon, you'll be a young woman...
and it is time for you...
to hide your gift away.
To silence its voice.
I say this to protect you.
That is my job.
Your job is to bring honor to the family.
Do you think you can do that?
(MEN SHOUTING INDISTINCTLY)
Rourans? It can't be.
-Close the gates! -(GUARDS SHOUT IN PANIC)
Take out the leader!
(PEOPLE EXCLAIM IN FEAR)
XIANNIANG: You. You'll do.
CHANCELLOR: Your Majesty...
six of our northern garrisons along the Silk Road...
have fallen in a coordinated attack.
All trade has been disrupted.
If we allow this to continue,
it could be the end of the kingdom.
And my citizens?
This soldier is the only survivor.
I fear more attacks will follow.
Who is responsible?
Rourans, Your Majesty.
Their leader calls himself Bri Khan.
I killed Bri Khan.
It is his son.
He has united the tribes
and resurrected the Rouran army.
If I may, Your Imperial Majesty.
You may speak.
Bri Khan fights alongside a woman.
Her chi is beyond imagining.
There is no place for witches in this kingdom.
It is forbidden to use the power of chi
in destructive ways.
And yet, it is her skill
that leads the Rouran army to victory.
She has trained an elite force of shadow warriors
to assist Bri Khan.
EMPEROR: We're not afraid of dark magic.
We'll destroy this Rouran army and their witch.
Here's my decree.
We'll build a mighty army.
Every family will supply one man.
We'll protect our beloved people...
and crush these murderers.
Deploy the Imperial Army.
The dynasty will not be threatened.
BRI KHAN: So, you have news.
XIANNIANG: The emperor sends his army
to defend the Silk Road.
BRI KHAN: Good.
We will crush every garrison
until the Imperial Army is on its knees.
the Imperial City will be laid bare.
The emperor will be mine to kill.
You have proved useful, witch.
XIANNIANG: Not witch.
I could tear you to pieces before you blink.
BRI KHAN: But you won't.
Remember what you want...
a place where your powers will not be vilified.
A place where you are accepted for who you are.
You won't get what you want without me.
When I found you on a desert steppe
you were exiled.
A scorned dog.
When I sit on the throne, that dog will have a home.
We will finish what we started.
And you will see to it
that nothing and no one stands in my way.
Black Wind and I rode alongside
two rabbits running side by side.
I think one was a male, one was a female.
But you know, you can't really tell
when they're running that fast.
When I go riding tomorrow, I will try to find them again.
Maybe they'll still be there.
We have excellent news.
The matchmaker has found you an auspicious match.
Yes, Mulan, it is decided.
Come and sit down.
It is what is best for our family.
It is best.
I will bring honor to us all.
I'm truly blessed to be in the presence
of such enchanting women.
I have no doubt today will be a momentous day for the Hua...
Never mind that. We must be on time.
MULAN: I'm starving.
I already told you, you cannot eat.
It will ruin your makeup.
The fiercest winter storm could not destroy this makeup.
Xiu, look at my face. What am I feeling?
XIU: I have no idea.
This is my sad face. This is my curious face.
And now I'm confused.
These are the qualities...
we see in a good wife.
These are the qualities...
we see in Mulan.
When a wife serves her husband...
...she must be silent.
She must be...
She must be...
Is something wrong?
No, Madam Matchmaker. Thank you.
It's ideal for the teapot...
to remain in the center of the table.
MULAN: Yes, I understand.
But I think the teapot should remain where it is.
Move the teapot.
Dishonor to the Hua family.
They have failed to raise a good daughter.
VILLAGE MAGISTRATE: Citizens!
Citizens, we are under attack from Northern Invaders.
Our land is at war.
By edict of His Imperial Majesty,
the Son of Heaven...
every family must contribute one man to fight.
One man from every house.
I am Hua Zhou.
I served the Imperial Army
in the last battle against the Northern Invaders.
Have you no son old enough to fight?
I am blessed with two daughters.
I will fight.
-(VILLAGERS GASP) -No.
You will only humiliate him further.
Are you all right? Can I help you?
ZHOU: No. (GRUNTS)
VILLAGE MAGISTRATE: Liu family.
LI: You're a war hero.
You've already made many great sacrifices.
Are you suggesting...
our family not comply with the Imperial edict?
But how can you fight...
I am the father.
It is my place to bring honor
to our family on the battlefield.
You are the daughter!
Learn your place.
LI: We must be strong.
This time, he will not return.
MULAN: It's beautiful.
ZHOU: Beautiful tool...
for terrible work.
She has followed me into battle before,
and she will follow me now.
And she will tell our ancestors I've been loyal...
brave, and true.
I wish I was as brave as you.
There is no courage without fear.
You must be courageous, Mulan.
For your mother
and your sister.
It is my duty to fight.
My honor to sacrifice for the emperor.
If I were your son, you wouldn't have to.
I would change nothing about my life.
We should all get some rest.
I'm leaving in the morning.
"Loyal, brave, and true."
ZHOU: My sword.
My armor! It's gone!
Who would do such a thing?
The conscription scroll.
It was Mulan.
LI: You must stop her.
The Northern Invaders will kill her!
If I expose her lie, our own people will kill her.
ZHOU: Ancestors, honored phoenix...
ancestral guardian, I beseech you...
watch over my daughter, Mulan.
She has made a terrible mistake.
I taught her too late to know her place.
I indulged her.
She is innocent of the world.
And the evils of war.
And now she's in great danger.
Please, honored phoenix...
MULAN: Our last apple.
You need it more than I do.
We should be there by now.
Do you think we are lost?
ZHOU: There were men gathering from all over the kingdom.
An alien and savage tribe to her.
To hide amongst them, she knew she must become one of them.
My mother says I was born under an auspicious moon.
That is why my mother says I'm a good luck charm.
-(GRUNTS) -(MULAN GROANS)
MAN: (CHUCKLES) Need a hand, little man?
(IN DEEP VOICE) Insult me again,
and you'll taste the tip of my blade.
-Lower your sword. -Or what?
I'm your commanding officer.
Fighting will not be tolerated. Am I clear?
With your voice, soldier.
(CONTINUING IN DEEP VOICE) Yes, Commander.
What is your name?
Hua Jun, Commander.
Is this your family sword?
It belongs to my father, Hua Zhou.
Fall in line.
Sorry, Ling! (LAUGHING)
LING: Yao, give it back! It's not funny!
YAO: Po, catch!
(MEN CONTINUE LAUGHING)
I told you to line up for showers.
You lot stink.
And I need a volunteer
-for night guard duty. -Me!
I mean, I volunteer, sir.
SERGEANT QIANG: Stealing.
Desertion. Penalty, death.
Bring women into camp
or consorting with women in any way.
-Penalty, death. -(SIGHS)
Disgrace for you, disgrace for your family...
disgrace for your village, disgrace for your country.
We're going to make men
out of every single one of you.
Only the strongest will reach the summit.
It will take everything you have.
Straighten out those arms.
Keep them up. Shoulder level.
Keep your mind strong.
-Don't stop. -(SNIFFLES)
Is he crying?
-Give that back! -(GOBBLES)
(ALL GRUNTING IN UNISON)
Report to the barracks immediately.
Dishonesty. Penalty, expulsion.
LING: We were matched 28 days ago.
Her name is Li Li.
Her skin is white as milk.
Her fingers like the tender white roots of a green onion.
Ling is a romantic!
Her eyes are like morning dewdrops...
I like my women buxom. (LAUGHS)
With strong, wide hips.
I like kissing women with cherry red lips.
I don't care what she looks like.
-I agree. -I care what she cooks like.
Tell us, Hua Jun.
What's your ideal woman?
My ideal woman is courageous.
-A courageous woman? -MULAN: Yes.
And she has a sense of humor.
-She's also smart. -Smart?
Well, what does she look like?
That's not the point.
Courageous, funny, smart.
Hua Jun's not describing a woman...
...he's describing me. (LAUGHS)
That's not you, Yao. That's definitely not you.
PO: Not you.
(MEN CONTINUE LAUGHING)
HONGHUI: Hua Jun.
Don't let them bother you.
Especially that donkey Yao.
Are you matched? Can I ask?
I mean, yes. I was.
(CLEARS THROAT) Almost.
Didn't work out.
I mean, how do you even begin to know
how to talk to a woman...
let alone be married to one?
Just talk to her like you are talking to me now.
HONGHUI: (CHUCKLES) Yeah, I wish it was that easy.
What if she doesn't like me?
I mean, I think she will, you know?
You never know with women.
You should really consider skipping guard duty
and taking a shower.
You stink, my friend.
(ALL GRUNTING IN UNISON)
-(MEN EXCLAIMING) -(CHUCKLES)
Now everyone sees it.
You must hide your chi!
YAO: Hua Jun! (LAUGHS)
PO: What a killer!
(SNIFFS) You reek, soldier.
Have you even showered once yet?
You smell bad.
-HONGHUI: Hua Jun. -(GASPS)
I'm glad I found you.
I see you're finally getting clean.
The Fifth Battalion thanks you.
I came here to be alone.
HONGHUI: What was that today?
It was incredible.
-I don't wanna talk about it. -HONGHUI: Why not?
I can't believe all this time
you've been keeping your skill a secret.
What else have you been hiding?
Leave me alone.
Hua Jun, we started off on the wrong foot.
Can we be friends?
I'm not your friend.
But you are my equal.
We fight together against the same enemy.
I will do all I can to protect the others.
You can turn your back on me...
but when the time comes, do not turn your back on them.
BRI KHAN: I welcome the leaders
of the 12 Rouran tribes...
as we approach the final victory.
Soon the Imperial City will be ours.
But we're relying on a witch.
-(MEN GRUMBLING) -MAN 1: Yes, a witch.
MAN 2: A witch cannot be trusted!
-BRI KHAN: She is no threat. -(MEN CONTINUE GRUMBLING)
-(HAWK SHRIEKS) -Hush! Enough!
Make no mistake...
the witch serves me and therefore, all of us.
She knows who her master is.
Consider our future.
This, my friends...
is just a small taste of what is to come.
From the Imperial City ahead,
riches will flow like a mighty river.
I don't care about riches.
How much gold can a nomad carry?
Then, I will give you revenge...
for the land we lost to the empire.
For the shame of the last war.
For my father, who the emperor killed.
If gold is not enough...
I will give you blood.
Sharpen your swords.
Our time has come.
XIANNIANG: Now I know. I serve you.
I am the slave.
BRI KHAN: And you would do well to remember it.
Over there, witch. The next garrison.
SERGEANT QIANG: Hua Jun.
Report to Commander Tung.
GUARD: Hua Jun, Commander.
It seems you have been hiding something.
-Commander... -I sensed it
the moment I met you.
But now I'm sure.
You see, I have a secret as well.
I know your father.
He was a great soldier.
In you, Hua Jun...
I see the shadow of his sword.
Perhaps this shadow falls heavy on your shoulders.
You can't allow your father's legacy to hold you back.
You need to cultivate your gift.
Your chi is powerful, Hua Jun.
Why do you hide it?
I... I don't know.
COMMANDER TUNG: The chi pervades the universe
and all living things.
We are all born with it.
But only the most true will connect deeply to his chi...
and become a great warrior.
Tranquil as a forest...
but on fire within.
The Rouran enemy is vast.
They are ruthless and unpredictable.
Yet physical force
need not be met with equal force.
The warrior yields to force and redirects it.
Disadvantage can be turned into an advantage.
Four ounces can move 1,000 pounds.
(ROURAN ARMY YELLING)
(ROURAN ARMY YELLING)
COMMANDER TUNG: The garrisons continue to fall
to the Northern Invaders.
We have been called to war,
even though our training is not finished.
SERGEANT QIANG: We leave to defend
the Mountain-Steppe Garrison
against the Rouran invader.
Up until now, you've been boys playing soldiers.
Today, you become men.
You will now take the oath of the warrior...
pledging fidelity to the three pillars of virtue.
The enemy possesses none of these...
and therefore can be defeated.
Remember this when you meet him on the battlefield.
-Loyal. -WARRIORS: Loyal!
-Brave. -WARRIORS: Brave!
-True. -WARRIORS: True!
SERGEANT QIANG: Return swords!
Commander Tung, it's Hua Jun.
COMMANDER TUNG: You may enter.
there's something that weighs heavily on my heart.
I need to confess it to you.
It has to do with the three virtues.
There's no shame in being fearful before battle.
In fact, it's a testament to your honesty...
that you confess such doubt.
Yes, Commander. But the other virtues...
You're a good man.
Perhaps one day you could accompany me
to my village...
where I will introduce you to my daughter.
And our village matchmaker, of course.
Yes, Commander. That's my great honor.
I look forward to seeing your father's face
when you give him this news.
SERGEANT QIANG: The Fourth Battalion.
This is the work of Bri Khan.
There's no one left.
MAN: The Mountain-Steppe Garrison welcomes...
the Fifth Battalion of His Majesty's Imperial Army.
SOLDIER: Scouts at the gate!
Bri Khan assembles not a half day's ride from here.
They prepare for battle.
We're greatly outnumbered.
GARRISON COMMANDER: Fortify for a siege!
No. He who moves first controls the enemy.
We leave at first light.
Anything you want me to tell your mothers
when you die?
-(LAUGHING) -That's not funny.
What's the matter? Scared?
Who knows who will live past tomorrow?
We may never see each other again.
My father once said...
"There is no courage without fear."
So this is natural.
Well, it doesn't feel natural.
(PO EXHALES SHARPLY)
Listen to me, all of you.
We will live.
I guarantee it.
Because I will protect you.
We'll protect each other.
We'll fight for each other.
Except for you, Yao.
I might take the opportunity to kill you myself.
(ROURAN ARMY WHOOPING)
SHADOW WARRIOR: They've left the garrison.
A bold move that changes nothing.
The plan continues.
(ROURAN ARMY YELLING)
Spear men, open!
(ROURAN ARMY SHOUTING)
The coward retreats! Pursue them!
Left flank! Charge!
(WARRIORS URGING HORSE)
(ROURAN WARRIOR WHOOPING AND CHEERING)
-(GRUNTS) -(HORSE WHINNIES)
You're a witch.
XIANNIANG: Am I?
And who are you?
I'm Hua Jun.
Soldier in the emperor's Imperial Army.
Your deceit weakens you.
It poisons your chi.
I ask again...
who are you?
I'm Hua Jun.
Soldier in the emperor's Imperial Army!
Then you will die
pretending to be something you're not.
ZHOU: And Hua Jun did die.
For a lie can only live so long.
ROURAN SOLDIER: Witch!
She's a witch!
(ROURAN ARMY CLAMORING)
Don't run! We hold formation.
They're targeting us! We're dead if we stay here!
Enemy on the ridge! Turn around!
Turn it around!
Move it! Move!
-(CRICKET WHIMPERING) -Cricket!
Go! Go! Go!
(HONGHUI BREATHES DEEPLY)
COMMANDER TUNG: Gather yourselves.
Find your comrades.
The enemy has been defeated.
Sergeant Qiang, regroup the men.
Has anyone seen Hua Jun?
Have you seen Hua Jun?
I'm Hua Mulan.
(WARRIORS MURMURING FAINTLY)
He's a girl?
You are an imposter.
You've betrayed the regiment.
You've brought disgrace to the Hua family.
-Commander... -Your deceit is my shame.
SERGEANT QIANG: Commander,
what is the punishment assigned to this imposter?
I would rather be executed.
SERGEANT QIANG: From this moment forward,
you are expelled from the emperor's Imperial Army.
COMMANDER TUNG: If you show your face again...
your wish to be executed will be granted.
XIANNIANG: You can never go home.
Your disgrace is worse than death.
I was a girl like you when people turned on me.
You don't think I longed for a noble path?
I've lived a life of exile.
No country, no village, no family.
We are the same.
-We're not. -We are.
The more power I showed, the more I was crushed.
Just like you.
You saved them today and still they turned on you.
You are just at the beginning of your power.
Merge your path with mine.
We will be stronger together.
You follow a coward. A leader who runs from battle.
Bri Khan did not run from battle.
That coward will take the Imperial City...
and your emperor will fall.
That can't happen.
But it happens even now.
We will take our place together.
I know my place.
And it is my duty...
to fight for the kingdom and protect the emperor.
MULAN: Commander Tung!
What is the meaning of this?
Commander Tung, we must ride to the emperor.
His life is in danger.
The emperor's life has never been safer.
That's what Bri Khan wants you to believe.
Please, you have to listen to me.
Sergeant, hand me my sword.
Kill me if you must. But first, listen.
The garrison attacks were just a distraction.
Khan has our army focused on the Silk Road...
so he can sneak into the Imperial City
and kill the emperor.
Bri Khan is already far ahead.
The Imperial Army can't stop him now.
But perhaps a small, well-trained force could.
When employed correctly...
four ounces can move 1,000 pounds.
Only a foolish man listens to someone whose very existence
is a lie.
You would believe Hua Jun.
Why do you not believe Hua Mulan?
She risked everything by revealing her true identity.
She's braver than any man here.
And she's the best warrior amongst us.
-I believe Hua Mulan. -I believe Hua Mulan.
YAO: I believe Hua Mulan. PO: I believe Hua Mulan.
WARRIOR 1: I believe Hua Mulan.
WARRIOR 2: I believe Hua Mulan.
your actions have brought disgrace and dishonor
to this regiment...
to this kingdom and to your own family.
But your loyalty and bravery are without question.
You will lead us as we ride to the Imperial City.
Ready the horses.
Your Majesty, a word. In private.
Despite the Rouran army's crushing defeat...
scouts have informed me
that Bri Khan has infiltrated the city.
He assembles at the New Palace.
He offers a duel.
Prepare my guards.
We ride to the site immediately.
Your Majesty, it is far too dangerous.
My people have suffered enough.
Now I must act.
I will kill this Bri Khan like I killed his father.
With my own hands.
CHANCELLOR: Assemble all Imperial guardsmen
immediately in this square.
That includes every guard on every tower and every gate.
But who will protect the city?
You question the judgement of His Majesty the Emperor?
Of course not, Chancellor. I will see to it immediately.
HONGHUI: The gates are open!
The streets are empty! Why are there no guards?
Protect the emperor!
Clear her path!
Don't leave her side! She must get through.
(ROURAN SOLDIERS SHOUTING)
(ROURAN SOLDIERS GROANING)
(BRI KHAN CHUCKLES)
BRI KHAN: Surely you didn't expect a fair fight?
How did you convince my chancellor to betray me?
That was not your chancellor.
Join the others. Take the city.
Kill every last Imperial soldier.
You need to find the emperor.
We'll hold them back.
Till next we meet, Honghui.
Bolt the door.
Bolt the door.
Your Majesty, I'm Hua Mulan from the Fifth Battalion.
I've come to protect you.
A woman leading a man's army.
Where's the emperor?
You were right.
We are the same.
XIANNIANG: With one difference.
They accept you, but they will never accept me.
You told me my journey was impossible.
Yet here I stand.
Proof that there is a place for people like us.
It's too late for me.
MULAN: You can still take the noble path.
It's not too late.
I need your help.
Where's the emperor?
They tell me this palace is being built
in honor of your father.
And in honor of my father...
this is where you will die.
Or should I say "burn"?
Who will come to save you, Son of Heaven?
Where are the sons of the empire?
I will tell you.
Fallen to our swords. Pierced by our arrows.
Who will save you?
Why are you here?
The attack has met a fierce resistance.
-From who? -A young woman...
from a small village.
(SCOFFS) A girl?
A woman leads the army.
And she's no scorned dog.
You led her here.
Take your place...
The girl who has come to save the dynasty.
-(MULAN GASPS) -(GRUNTS)
EMPEROR: Rise up.
You are a mighty warrior.
Rise up like a phoenix.
Fight for the kingdom and its people.
(BRI KHAN SCREAMING)
EMPEROR: Stand up, soldier.
Tell me your name.
Your Imperial Highness, Hua Mulan.
Hua Mulan, the people owe you a debt of thanks.
I owe you my life.
In gratitude for your service and dedication...
I invite you to take your place...
with our greatest decorated warriors...
as an officer in the Emperor's Guard.
I'm deeply honored by this immeasurable invitation...
but with humble apologies...
I cannot accept it.
I left home under cover of darkness...
and betrayed my family's trust.
I made choices I knew would risk their dishonor.
I have pledged an oath...
to be loyal, brave, and true.
In order to fulfill this oath...
I must return home and make amends to my family.
Very well, Hua Mulan.
Devotion to family is an essential virtue.
HONGHUI: You can't leave.
The emperor gives his permission...
but you do not?
We've not yet said goodbye.
You still won't take my hand?
I will see you again, Hua Mulan.
(MULAN URGES HORSE)
MAN: Mulan has returned!
-(DOG BARKS) -Mulan!
There is so much I have to ask you.
Tell me about you first.
I... I am matched!
What's he like?
He's handsome, a little shy,
but he's not afraid of spiders.
LI: Mulan! MULAN: I'm so happy for you.
(WHISPERS) Forgive me, Father.
I stole your horse...
I stole your sword, I stole your armor.
And the sword... I lost it.
The sword is gone.
Now I understand... (SNIFFLES)
how much that sword means to you.
It is my daughter that means everything to me.
And it is I should apologize.
My foolish pride drove you away.
One warrior knows another.
You were always there...
yet I see you for the first time.
Hello, old friend.
I am honored to receive you and the Emperor's Guard.
But if you are here to discipline Mulan...
you have to get past me.
I do not believe that will be necessary.
SERGEANT QIANG: Under order
of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor,
we present this gift to Hua Mulan.
She has saved the dynasty.
The entire kingdom is in her debt.
-(VILLAGERS CHEERING) -(WHIMPERING)
COMMANDER TUNG: She has brought honor
to her ancestors...
to her family, to her village...
and to her country.
As befits a great warrior...
the sword is marked with the pillars of virtue.
Loyal, brave, true.
And what is this fourth virtue I see?
Read it aloud, Mulan.
"Devotion to family."
You have brought honor to us all.
SERGEANT QIANG: The emperor urges you
to reconsider his invitation
to join our greatest decorated warriors...
as an officer in the Emperor's Guard.
He awaits your decision.
ZHOU: The green shoot has grown up to the sky...
and her ancestors celebrate her
in the vault of the heavens.
The girl became a soldier.
The soldier became a leader.
And the leader...
became a legend.
(SLOW-TEMPO POP MUSIC PLAYING)