Mulan (1998 film) - Wikiquote (2024)

Mulan is a 1998 Disney film about a young maiden who secretly goes in her father's place to join the army and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process. It is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. It was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

Directed by Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft. Screenplay by Rita Hsiao, Chris Sanders, Philip LaZebnik, Raymond Singer and Eugenia Bostwick-Singer. Story by Robert D. San Souci. Songs by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel.

The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.


  • 1 Mulan
  • 2 The Emperor
  • 3 Dialogue
  • 4 About Mulan (1998 film)
  • 5 Cast
  • 6 External links
  • [in a man's voice] Excuse me. Where do I sign in? Ha, I see you have a sword. I have one too. They're very manly and tough.

The Emperor


  • A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.
  • I've heard a great deal about you, Fa Mulan. You stole your father's armor, ran away from home. Impersonated a soldier, deceived your commanding officer, dishonored the Chinese Army, destroyed my palace have saved us all.



[First lines]
Guard: WE'RE UNDER ATTACK! LIGHT THE SIGNAL! [Shan Yu appears with his falcon; the guard lights the signal fire, and the rest on the Great Wall of China is also lit] Now all of China knows you're here.
Shan Yu: Perfect.
[General Li, the General of the Chinese Imperial Army, arrives at the Emperor's Palace]
General Li: Your Majesty, the Huns have crossed our Northern Border.
Chi Fu: Impossible. No one can get through the Great Wall.
General Li: Shan Yu is leading them. We'll set up defenses around your palace immediately.
Emperor: No. Send your troops to protect my people. Chi Fu.
Chi Fu: Yes, Your Highness?
Emperor: Deliver conscription notices throughout all the provinces. Call up reserves and as many new recruits as possible.
General Li: Forgive me, Your Majesty, but I believe my troops can stop him.
Emperor: I won't take any chances, General. A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.
Mulan: Quiet and demure. Graceful. Polite. Delicate. Refined. Poised. [she noted the answers on her arm] Punctual. [rooster calling] Ai-yah! Little Brother? Little Brother? [Little Brother was a dog sleeping] There you are. Who's the smartest doggy in the world? Come on, smart boy. Can you help me with my chores today?
[Mulan helped her out Little Brother start to feed the chickens and runs by draggin sack of feed]
Fa Zhou: [praying the ancestors] Honorable ancestors, please help Mulan impress the matchmaker today. [Little Brother runs by dragging a sack of feed; chickens start pecking the grain left behind] Please, please help her.
[Mulan helped a Little Brother a bone and chewing the bone with the stick]
Mulan: Father, I brought your - Whoa! [accidentally breaks a teacup]
Fa Zhou: [holding a teapot with his cane] Mulan.
Mulan: I brought a spare.
Fa Zhou: Mulan.
Mulan: The doctor said 3 cups of tea in the morning.
Fa Zhou: Mulan.
Mulan:...and 3 at night.
Fa Zhou: Mulan, you should already be in town. We are counting on you to-
Mulan: Uphold the family honor. Don't worry, Father. I won't let you down. Wish me luck. [runs off]
Fa Zhou: Hurry. [Little Brother looks Fa him while chewing his bone] I'm going to pray some more.
Matchmaker: "Fa Mulan."
Mulan: Present.
Matchmaker: [to herself, writing on clipboard] Speaking without permission.
Mulan: Oops.
Grandmother: [whispering to Fa Li] Who spit in her bean curd? [Mulan walks into the Matchmaker's building with the Matchmaker following behind and closing the door]
Matchmaker: Hmm, too skinny. [Cri-Kee escapes from his cage. Mulan attempts to catch him] Hmph, not good for bearing sons. [Mulan puts Cri-Kee in her mouth when Matchmaker turns around to face her] Recite the final admonition.
Mulan: [nodding and smiling] Mmm-Hmm. [Takes out fan and covers her mouth as she spits out Cri-Kee]
Matchmaker: Well?
Mulan: Fulfill your duties calmly and ref-- [looking at her arm with smeared writing] spectfully. Reflect before you snack [looks at her arm again] act. [now rapidly] This shall bring you honor and glory. [Fanning herself rapidly and sighing in relief] Huh.
Matchmaker: [snatches the fan and looks at it on both sides. She grabs Mulan's right arm pulling her along while smearing the writing and leaving some ink on her hand] Hmmm, this way. Now, pour the tea. To please your future in-laws you must demonstrate a sense of dignity [Matchmaker smears ink around her mouth. Mulan staring at Matchmaker pours some tea onto the table then notices her mistake and pours the tea into the cup] and refinement. You must also be poised. [Mulan notices Cri-kee in the tea-cup as Matchmaker takes the cup]
Mulan: Um, pardon me.
Matchmaker: And silent!
Mulan: [begins to climb on table, reaching for the teacup] Could I just take that back? One moment.
[They both begin tugging on the teacup, causing it to spill, and Crikee to jump inside the Matchmaker's dress.]
Matchmaker: Why you clumsy-
[She begins to leap around the room, due to Crikee being in her dress. She knocks over the furnace, accidentally sits on the coals, and begins jumping around even more. Mulan attempts to help by fanning her behind, causing it to burst into flame]
Grandmother Fa: [to Fa Li] I think it's going well. Don't you?
Matchmaker: PUT IT OUT! PUT IT OUT! PUT IT OUT!!! [Mulan throws the tea on Matchmaker and puts out the fire. She bows, hands the teapot back to Matchmaker and covers her face as she walks toward Fa Li and Grandma Fa] You are a DISGRACE! [throws down the teapot] You may look like a bride, but you will never bring your family honor! [storms off]
Chi Fu: Citizens, I bring a proclamation from the Imperial City. The Huns have invaded China. By order of the Emperor, one man from every family must serve in the Imperial Army. [Reading from list] The Hsiao Family, the Yi Family.
Son: I will serve the Emperor in my father's place.
Chi Fu: The Fa Family.
Mulan: No. [Her father walks over to Chi Fu.]
Fa Zhou: I am ready to serve the Emperor.
Mulan: Father, you can't go.
Fa Zhou: Mulan..
Mulan: Please, sir, my father has already fought bravely, and-
Chi Fu: Silence! [to Fa Zhou] You would do well to teach your daughter to hold her tongue in a man's presence.
Fa Zhou: Mulan, you dishonor me.
Chi Fu: Report tomorrow at the Wu Zhong Camp. [He hands Fa Zhou a scroll.]
Fa Zhou: Yes, sir.
Chi Fu: [Continues to read] The Chu Family, the Chang Family, the Yong Family.
[At dinner, Mulan pours the tea, then angrily sets her cup down]
Mulan: You shouldn't have to go!
Fa Li: Mulan...
Mulan: There are plenty of young men to fight for China.
Fa Zhou: It is an honor to protect my country and my family.
Mulan: So you'll die for honor.
Fa Zhou: I will die doing what's right.
Mulan: But if you-
Fa Zhou: I know my place! It is time you learned yours.
[Mulan gasps softly at Fa Zhou's words and tearfully leaves. Fa Zhou sits back down to finish his dinner.]
[The eyes of a statue in the temple flash, and Granny Fa wakes up and walking into Fa Li and Fa Zhou's bedroom]
Grandmother Fa: Mulan is gone!
Fa Zhou: What? [looks at Mulan's flower comb] It can't be. [He finds his closet empty, then runs outside and calling out] MULAN!! [He stumbles while walking because of his leg injury] No.
Fa Li: You must go after her. She could be killed.
Fa Zhou: If I reveal her, she will be.
Grandmother Fa: Ancestors, hear our prayer. Watch over Mulan.
[In the Family Temple, the characters on a tombstone light up, and they turn into the Great Ancestor.]
Great Ancestor: Mushu, awaken.
Mushu: I LIIIIIVE!!!!!!! So, tell me, what mortal need my protection, Great Ancestor. You just say the word, and I'm there.
Great Ancestor: Mushu.
Mushu: And let me say something, anyone's who foolish to threaten our family- vengeance will be MIIIIINE!!!!!!! Grrrrrr.
Great Ancestor: MUSHU! These are the family guardians. They...
Mushu: Protect the family.
Great Ancestor: And you, O Demoted One?
Mushu: I ring the gong.
Great Ancestor: That's right. Now wake up the ancestors.
Mushu: One family reunion, coming right up. [bangs the gong] Okay, people, people, look alive, let's go, come on, get up, let's move it, rise and shine, y’all way past the beauty sleep thing, trust me. [The rest of the ancestors materialize]
Ancestor Woman #1: I knew it, I knew it. That Mulan was a troublemaker from the start.
Ancestor Man #1: Don't look at me, she got it from your side of the family.
Ancestor Woman #2: She's just trying to help her father.
Ancestor Man #2: But if she's discovered, Fa Zhou will be forever shamed. Dishonor will come to the family. Traditional values will disintegrate!
Ancestor Farmer: Not to mention, they'll lose the farm.
Ancestor Woman #1: My children never caused such trouble, they all became acupuncturists.
Ancestor Man #1: Well, we can't all be acupuncturists.
Older Lady Ancestor: No, your great-granddaughter had to be a CROSS-DRESSER!
[The ancestors continue arguing]
Ancestor Man #2: Let a guardian bring her back.
Ancestor Man #1: Yes, Awaken the most cunning.
Ancestor Man #3: No, the swiftest.
Ancestor Woman #3: No, send the wisest.
Great Ancestor: SILENCE! We must send the most powerful of all.
Mushu: [laughs] Okay, okay, I get the drift, I'll go.
[The ancestors laugh.]
Mushu: Well, y'all don't think I can do it? Watch this here. [blows a tiny flame] Ah-hah! Jump back, I'm pretty hot, huh? Don't make me have to singe nobody to prove no point.
Great Ancestor: You had your chance to protect the Fa Family.
Older Lady Ancestor: Your misguidance led Fa Deng to disaster.
Fa Deng: Yeah, thanks a lot.
Mushu: And your point is?
Great Ancestor: THE POINT IS we will be sending a real dragon to retrieve Mulan.
Mushu: So you'll get back to me on the job thing? Just one chance, is that too much ask? It's mean not like it'll kill ya. [to the dragon statue] Yo, rocky wake up! Ya gotta go fetch Mulan! Come on, boy. Go get her. Go on. [whistling] Come on. Grr. Grr. Hello? HELLOOO?! Hello! [He accidentally hits the ear of the dragon with a gong, and it falls off] Uh-oh. [the statue falls apart] Uh, Stony? Stony? Oh, man, they're gonna kill me.
Great Ancestor: Great stone dragon, have you awakened?
Mushu: Uh, yes, I just woke up. I am the Great Stone Dragon. Good Morning. I will go forth and fetch Mulan. Did I mention that I was the Great Stone Dragon?
Great Ancestor: Go. The fate of the Fa family rests in your claws.
Mushu: Don't even worry about it. I will not lose face. [He loses his balance and tumbles down the hill, the dragon head landings on top of him] Oh, my elbow. Oh, oh. I know I twisted somethin'. [He lifts the head off.] That's just great, now what? I'm doomed and all 'cause Miss Man decided to take a little drag show on the road. [Cri-Kee appears chirping] Go get her? What's the matter with you? After this Great Stone, Humpty-Dumpty mess, I'd have to bring her home with a medal to get back in the temple. Wait a minute, that's it. I'll make Mulan a war hero, and they'll be begging me to come back to work. That's the master plan! Oh, you've done it now, man. [Cri-Kee follows Mushu] What makes you think you're coming? [Cri-Kee chirps] You're lucky? Do I look like a sucker to you? [Cri-Kee chirps again] What you mean a loser? How 'bout I pop one of your antennas off, and throw it across the yard then who's the loser, me or you?
Hun Soldier: Imperial Scouts.
[The Huns' leader turns around and lowers his hood]
Scout #1: Shan Yu.
Shan Yu: Nice work, gentlemen. You've found the Hun Army.
[The Huns laugh]
Scout #2: The Emperor will stop you.
Shan Yu: Stop me? He invited me. [grabs Scout #2's throat] By building his Wall, he challenged my strength. Well, I'm here to play his game. GO! [Throws Scout #2 back on the ground] Tell your Emperor to send his strongest armies. I'm ready. [the two Scouts get up and run] How many men does it take to deliver a message?
Hun Archer: [draws an arrow and taking aim] One.
Mulan: Okay, how about this? [clear throat] Excuse me. Where do I sign in? Aha, I see you have a sword. I have one, too. They're very manly and tough. [accidentally drops sword, Khan neighs laughing and is hit with a shoe] I'm working on it. Oh, who am I fooling? It's going to take a miracle to get me into the army.
[Mushu's shadow appears surrounded by flames]
Mushu: Did I hear someone ask for a miracle? Let me hear you say AHHHHH!!!
Mulan: AAH!
Mushu: That's close enough.
Mulan: A ghost.
Mushu: Get ready, Mulan. Your serpentine salvation is at hand. For I have been sent by your ancestors... to guide you through your masquerade. [To Cri-kee] Come on, you're gonna stay, you're gonna work. [as behind the rocks with the fire] So heed my word cause if the army finds out you're a girl, the penalty is DEATH!
Mulan: Who are you?
Mushu: Who am I? Who am I? I am the guardian of lost souls. I am the powerful, the pleasurable, the indestructible Mushu. [Mushu comes out from behind the rocks] I'm pretty hot, huh?
[Khan immediately tramples him]
Mulan: Uh, my ancestors sent a little lizard to help me?
Mushu: Hey, dragon. Dragon. Not lizard. I don't do that tongue thing.
Mulan: You're... um...
Mushu: Intimidating? Awe-inspiring?
Mulan: Tiny.
Mushu: Of course. I'm travel size for your convenience. If I was my real size, your cow here would die of fright. [Khan snaps at him] Down, Bessie. My powers are beyond your mortal imagination. For instance, my eyes can see straight through your armor. [Mulan slaps him] Alright, that's it! Dishonor! Dishonor on your whole family! [To Cri-kee] Make a note of this. Dishonor on YOU, dishonor on your COW, dis-
Mulan: Shut up, I'm sorry. It's just I've never done this before.
Mushu: Then you're gonna have to trust me. And don't you slap me no more. We clear on that? All right. Okie-Dokie, let's get this show on the road. Cri-kee, get the bags. Let's move it, heifer.
[Mulan, disguised as Fa Ping, arrives at the army camp.]
Mushu: Okay, this is it. Time to show 'em your man walk. Shoulders back, chest high, feet apart, head up and strut. Two, three. Break it down. Hup, two, three. And work it. Beautiful, isn't it?
Mulan: They're disgusting.
Mushu: No, they're men. And you're gonna have to act just like them, so pay attention.
Recruit: Look, this tattoo will protect me from harm.
Yao: Hmmmmm.
[He punches the recruit]
Ling: [laughing] I hope you can get your money back.
Mulan: I don't think I can do this.
Mushu: It's all attitude. Be tough, like this guy here.
Yao: [spits] What are you looking at?
Mushu: Punch him. It's how men say hello.
[Mulan punches Yao, he slams into Chien Po]
Chien Po: Oh, Yao. You've made a friend.
Mushu: Good. Now slap him behind. They like that.
[Mulan does so]
Yao: Whoa ho ho! I'm gonna hit you so hard, it'll make your ancestors dizzy.
Chien Po: [picks up Yao] Yao, relax and chant with me. [Yao growls and chanting] Nanuami tofu dah.
Yao: [chanting] Nanuamitofudah.
Chien Po: Feel better?
Yao: Yeah. Ah, you ain't worth my time, chicken boy.
Mushu: Chciken boy? Say that to my face, you limp noodle! [Yao grabs Mulan and attempts to punch her and he misses accidentally punching Ling]
Yao: Oh. Sorry, Ling. Hey! [he grabs her leg, but Ling kick Yao to Chien Po and 3 men start fight and Mulan ran away] You're dead
Ling: Oh, there he goes! [Mulan runs off, there chasing after in the tent there chickens, however, Chien Po push his stomach to his men like Bowling]
Mulan: Hey, guys. [Chi Fu is seen with General Li and Shang at the military camp]
General Li: The Huns have struck here, here and here. I will take the main troops up to the Tung Shao Pass, and stop Shan Yu before he destroys this village.
Chi Fu: Excellent strategy, sir. I do love surprises. [laughs]
General Li: You will stay and train the new recruits. When Chi-Fu believes you're ready, you will join us, Captain. [General Li gives his sword to Shang]
Shang: Captain?
Chi Fu: Huh. This is an enormous responsibility, General. Perhaps a soldier with more experience.
General Li: Number one in this class, extensive knowledge of training techniques, an impressive military lineage. I believe Li Shang will do an excellent job.
Shang: Oh, I will, I won't let you down. This is I mean, yes sir.
General Li: Very good then. We'll toast China's victory at the imperial city. I'll expect a full report in 3 weeks.
Chi Fu: And I won't leave anything out. [walk out of the tent]
Shang: Captain Li Shang. Leader of China's finest troops. No, The greatest troops of all time.
[exits his tent to find the troops fighting each other; we see one soldier with a black eye salute, then faint]
Chi Fu: Most impressive.
General Li: Good luck, Captain. YAH! [General Li is leaving away with the troops of the military lineage]
Shang: Good luck, father.
Chi Fu: Day one.
Shang: Soldiers!
[The soldiers stops fighting, Yao punches a man one time.]
Soldiers: [points to Mulan as the disguised ping] HE STARTED IT!!
[Shang walks to Mulan with his sternly face, she gets up.]
Shang: I don't need anyone causing trouble in my camp.
Mulan: Sorry... [in her 'man' voice] Uhh... I mean, uh, sorry you had to see that, but you know how it is when you get those, uh, manly urges, and you just gotta kill someone... fix things, uh, cook outdoors...
Shang: What's your name?
Mulan: Uh... I, I, uh...
Chi Fu: Your commanding officer just asked you a question.
Mulan: Uh, I've got a name. And it's a boy's name too.
Mushu: [whispering in Mulan's ear] Ling. How 'bout Ling?
Mulan: His name is Ling.
Shang: I didn't ask for his name. I asked for yours.
Mushu: Try, uh, Ah Chu.
Mulan: Ah Chu.
Shang: Ah Chu?
Mushu: Gesundheit. [chuckles] I kill myself.
Mulan: Mushu.
Shang: Mushu?
Mulan: No
Shang: Then what is it?
Mushu: Ping. Ping was my best friend growin' up.
Mulan: It's Ping.
Shang: Ping?
Mushu: Of course, Ping did steal my girl-
[Mulan muffles Mushu]
Mulan: Yes, my name is Ping.
Shang: Let me see your conscription notice. [Mulan took a Conscription to him and reads it the Fa Zhou] Fa Zhou? The Fa Zhou?
Chi Fu: I didn't know Fa Zhou had a son.
Mulan: He doesn't talk about me very much.
[Mulan tries to spit, but ends up with a glop drooling of spit hanging from her lip]
Chi Fu: I can see why. The boy's an absolute lunatic.
[all the soldiers laughs]
Shang: Okay, gentlemen, thanks to your new friend Ping, you'll spend tonight picking up every single grain of rice. And tomorrow, the real work begins.
Mushu: [to Mulan] You know, we'll have to work on your people skills.
Mushu: All right, rise and shine, Sleeping Beauty. Come on. Hup, hup, hup. [Mushu takes the blanket] Get your clothes on, get ready, got breakfast for ya. Look, you get porridge and it's happy to see you. [Cri-Kee pops up from the porridge, Mushu tosses him out] Hey, get outta there. You will make people sick.
Mulan: Am I late?
Mushu: No time to talk. Now remember, it's your first day of trainin', so listen to your teacher and no fightin', play nice with the other kids, unless, of course, one of the other kids wanna fight, then you have to kick the other kid's butts.
Mulan: But, I don't wanna kick the other kid's butts.
Mushu: Don't talk with your mouth full. Now let's see your war face. Ooh, I think my bunny slippers just ran for cover. Come on, scare me girl.
Mulan: RARRRR!
Mushu: There, That's my tough-lookin' warrior. That's my talkin' about. Now get out there and make me proud. [To Khan] What do you mean the troops just left?
Mulan: They what?
[Mulan out the tent and took shoe on to ran off]
Mushu: Wait, you forgot your sword! My little baby, off to destroy people. [whimpers]
Chi Fu: Order. People, order.
Soldier: I'll have a pan-fried noodle.
Chien Po: Ooh, ooh, sweet-and-pungent shrimp.
Soldier: Moo goo gai pan.
Chi Fu: That's not funny.
Ling: Looks like our new friend slept in this morning. [To Mulan] Hello, Ping. Are ya hungry?
Yao: Yeah, 'cause I owe you a knuckle sandwich.
Shang: Soldiers! [all assemble into line] You will assemble swiftly and silently every morning. Anyone who act otherwise, will answer to me.
Yao: Ooh, tough guy.
Shang: Yao. [Shoots up the arrow at the top of a pole] Thank you for volunteering. Retrieve the arrow.
Yao: I'll get that arrow, pretty boy, and I'll do it with my shirt on.
Shang: One moment. You seem to be missing something. [Chi Fu comes forward with two bronze disks, which Shang hangs on Yao's wrists] This - represents discipline and this - represents strength. You need both to reach the arrow. [as Yao, Ling, Chien Po and Mulan fail to get it] We've got a long way to go.
[Shan Yu cutting the top of tree, while he seen the falcon brings him a little girl's doll from the village, sniffing doll, Shan Yu and Huns gets a doll from his falcon]
Shan Yu: [tosses the doll to his soldiers] What do you see?
Hun Twin #1: Black pine, from the high mountains.
Hun Twin #2: White horse hair, Imperial stallions.
Hun #3: [sniffs doll] Sulfer from cannons.
Shan Yu: This doll came from a village in the Tung Shao Pass, where the Imperial Army's waiting for us.
Hun Archer: We can avoid them easily.
Shan Yu: No. The quickest way to the Emperor is through that pass. Besides, the little girl will be missing her doll. We should return it to her.
Mushu: This is such a bad idea. What if somebody sees you?
Mulan: Just because I look like a man doesn't mean I have to smell like one.
Mushu: So a couple of guys don't rinse out their socks. Picky, picky, picky. Well, myself, I kind of like that cornchip smell.
Mulan: [splash to Mushu, she takes a bathing and rinse her hair in the lake] Ahhh.
Mushu: All right. That's enough. Get out before you get all pruny and stuff.
Mulan: Mushu, if you're so worried, go stand watch.
Mushu: Yeah, yeah. [talking and acting like a girl] Stand watch, Mushu, while I blow our secret with my stupid girl habits. Pfft, Hygiene.
Yao: Me first! Me first! Me first!
Mushu: [seeing Yao, Ling, and Chien Po run to the lake where Mulan is bathing] Oh, we're doomed There are a couple things I know they're bound to notice. [Mulan seeing Yao, Ling, in the lake, at the waterhole, and Chien Po got big toe in the water, but then Chien Po jumps in the lake and waves to them, there always plays splash out tom Mulan, the frog jumps out the lily pad in the lake]
Yao: Hey, Ping.
Mulan: Oh, hi, guys. I didn't know you were here. I was just washing, so now I'm clean, and I'm gonna go. Bye-bye.
Ling: Come back here. I knew we were jerks to you before, so let's start over. Hi, I'm Ling.
Chien Po: And I'm Chien Po.
Mulan: Hello, Chien Po.
Yao: [standing on a rock] And I am Yao, king of the rock. And there's nothin' you girls can do about it.
Ling: Oh, yeah? Well, I think Ping and I can take you.
Mulan: I really don't want to take him anywhere.
Ling: Ping, we have to fight.
Mulan: No, we don't. We could just...close our eyes...and - swim around...
Ling: Come on, don't be such a- [Mushu bites Ling on each leg] OUCH! Something bit me.
Mushu: Ugh! Ach! What a nasty flavor.
Ling: SNAKE! [Ling and Chien Po scramble onto the rock with Yao, while Mulan sneaks away, she whistling to Khan, and Khan bring Mulan and Mushu comes out the lake while done bathing]
Ling: Some king of the rock. [Yao shoves him off]
Mulan: [Mulan and Mushu escape back to shore from Yao, Ling, and Chien Po] Boy, that was close.
Mushu: No. [brushes his teeth with the toothpaste in his mouth] That was vile. You owe me big. [spits it out and squirts more toothpaste in his mouth and brushes again]
Mulan: I never want to see a naked man again.
[a big group of naked men run past them, laughing]
Mushu: Hey, don't look at me, I ain't biting no more butts.
[Shang and Chi Fu are in the tent]
Chi Fu: You think troops are ready to fight? Ha. They would not last a minute against the Huns.
Shang: They completed their training.
Chi Fu: Those boys are no more fit to be soldiers than you are to be Captain. Once the General reads my report, your troops will never see battle.
Mushu: [Listening outside with Cri-Kee] Oh, no, you don't. I've worked too hard to get Mulan into this war. This guy's messin' with my plan.
Shang: We're not finished!
Chi Fu: Be careful, Captain. The General may be your father, but I am the Emperor's counsel. And, oh, by the way, I got that job on my own. You're dismissed.
[Li Shang walks out of his tent and passes Mulan]
Mulan: Hey. I'll hold him, and you punch. [chuckles] Or not. For what it's worth, I think you're a great captain.
[Li Shang leaves.]
Mushu: I saw that.
Mulan: What?
Mushu: [about Li Shang] You like him, don't you?
Mulan: No, I-
Mushu: Yeah, right, sure. Go to your tent! [Smiling Mulan, walks away; to Cri-Kee] I think it's time we took this war into our own hands. [They rush into the tent, as Chi Fu humming Strolls out, dressed in a towel, a hat, a slippers, and uses long handle bath brush. Switch scenes; Cri-Kee types out a letter, like a typewriter] Okay, let me see what you got. [reads] "From General Li. Dear Son, we're waiting for the Huns at the pass. It would mean a lot if you'd come and back us up." Hmm, that's great expect you forgot: And since we're out of potpourri, perhaps you wouldn't mind bringing up some. HELLO!!! This is the army! Make it sound more urgent, please! You know what I'm takin' about? [Cri-Kee chirps, salutes and hops around typing another letter] That's better, much better, let's go. [to Khan, drinking water] Khaney, baby. Hey, we need a ride.
[Khan squirts Mushu off, and Cri-Kee slowly backs off.]
[Chi Fu is storming from the lake with one slipper missing]
Chi Fu: Insubordinate ruffians. You men owe me a new pair of slippers! And I do not squeal like a girl.
[A panda, ridden by Mushu, who is disguised as a messenger, appears and eats Chi Fu's other slipper. Chi Fu squeals like a girl]
Mushu: Urgent news from the General. What's the matter? Never seen a black-and-white before?
Chi Fu: Who are you?
Mushu: Excuse me? I think the question is who are YOU? WE'RE IN A WAR, man! There's no time for stupid questions. I should have your hat for that; snatch it right off your head. But I'm feeling gracious today, so, carry on before I report you.
[Chi Fu reads the message and looks around for the messenger, but the panda has climbed a tree]
Chi Fu: Captain! Urgent news from the General! We're needed at the front.
Mushu: Pack your bags, Cri-kee. We’re moving out.
Chorus: [singing] ♪ For a long time we've been marching off to battle. ♪
Yao: [singing] ♪ In our thundering herd, we feel a lot like cattle. ♪
Chorus: [singing] ♪ Like the pounding beat / Our aching feet aren't easy to ignore. ♪
Ling: [singing] ♪ Hey / Think of instead / A girl worth fighting for! ♪
Mulan: Huh?
Ling: [singing] ♪ That's what I said / A girl worth fighting for / I want her paler than the moon / With eyes that shine like stars. ♪
Yao: [singing] ♪ My girl will marvel at my strength / Adore my battle scars! ♪
Chien Po: [singing] ♪ I couldn't care less what she'll wear / Or what she looks like / It all depends on what she cooks like / Beef, pork, chicken, mmm... ♪
Yao: [singing] ♪ Bet the local girls thought you were quite the charmer! ♪
Ling: [singing] ♪ And I bet the ladies love a man in armor! ♪
Chorus: [singing] ♪ You can guess what we have missed the most / Since we went off to war! ♪
Ling: [singing] ♪ What do we want? ♪
Chorus: [singing] ♪ A girl worth fighting for! ♪
Yao: [singing] ♪ My girl will think I have no flaws ♪
Chien Po: [singing] ♪ That I'm a major find ♪
Mulan: [singing] ♪ How 'bout a girl who's got a brain, who always speaks her mind? ♪
Yao, Chien Po and Ling: NAH!
Ling: [singing] ♪ My manly ways and turn of phrase and sure to thrill her! ♪
Yao: [singing] ♪ He thinks he's such a lady-killer! ♪
Chi Fu: [singing] ♪ I've a girl back home who's unlike any other! ♪
Yao: [singing] ♪ Yeah, the only girl who'd love him is his mother! ♪
Chorus: [singing] ♪ But when we come home, in victory / They'll line up at the door! ♪
Ling: [singing] ♪ What do we want? ♪
Chorus: [singing] ♪ A girl worth fighting for! ♪
Ling: [singing] ♪ Wish that I had ♪
Chorus: [singing] ♪ A girl worth fighting for! / A girl worth fighting... ♪
[at outside of the medic tent. The doctor emerges from his tent and says something to Shang, who looks disturbed and rushes inside. He looks at Mulan, who sits up in bed, her side bandaged. Shang stares at her, recognizing her as a girl. Mulan realizes her mistake and pulls the blanket back on.]
Mulan: I can explain!
Chi Fu: So it's true!
Mulan: Shang!
Chi Fu: [yanking Mulan out of the tent and revealing her hair out of a bun] I knew there was something wrong with you! A WOMAN! [throws her to the ground] TREACHEROUS SNAKE!
Mulan: My name is Mulan. I did it to save my father!
Mulan: I didn't mean for it to go this far!
Mulan: It was the only way! Please, believe me!
Chi Fu: Captain?
[Shang walks over to Khan and takes out Mulan's sword. Khan rears back and Mushu are shocked.]
Chi Fu: [to the soldiers holding Khan] Restrain him. [Shang walks toward Mulan with sword in hand and the Gang of Three start to rush over to her]
Yao, Ling and Chien-Po: NO!
Chi Fu: You know the law.
[Shang walks over to Mulan and throws the sword in the snow]
Shang: A life for a life. My debt is repaid. [to the soldiers] Move out!
Chi Fu: But you can't just...
Shang: [to Chi Fu] I said, Move out.
[The Chinese Army sadly walks away, leaving Mulan, Mushu, and Khan in the snow.]
Mushu: I was this close. This close! To impressing the ancestors, getting the top shelf, in entourage ... man. All my fine work. [He uses the tip of an arrow to roast a piece of food over a tiny fire] Hi.
Mulan: I should never have left home.
Mushu: Hey C'mon. You wanted to save your father's life. Who knew you'd end up shaming him, disgracing your ancestors and losing all your friends. Y'know, you just gotta learn to let these things go.
Mulan: Maybe I didn't go for my father. Maybe what I really wanted was to prove that I could do things right. So I looked in the mirror, I'd see someone worthwhile. But I was wrong. I see nothing.
Mushu: Hey, that's just cause this needs a little spit, that's all. [He spits on the helmet.] Let me shine this up for you. I can see you, look at you, you look so pretty. The truth is we're both frauds. Your ancestors never sent me, they don't even like me. I mean, you risked your life to help people you love. I risked your life to help myself. At least you had good intentions. [Cri-Kee cries] What?! What do you mean you're not lucky!? You lied to me? [Cri-Kee nods. Mushu turns to Khan.] And what are you, a sheep? [Khan snorts, he groans and throws Cri-Kee]
Mulan: I'll have to face my father sooner or later. Let's go home.
Mushu: Yeah. This ain't gonna be pretty. But don't you worry, okay? Things will work out. We started this thing together and that's how we'll finish it. I promise.
[Inside the palace, on a balcony, the Huns hold the Emperor, Shan-Yu drops down from the roof]
Shan-Yu: Boo. [Shan-Yu steps into the balcony next to the Emperor, to Hun Bald Man #1 and #2] Guard the door. [they walk off down the stairs that lead to the balcony, pacing around the Emperor] Your walls and armies have fallen, and now it's your turn. Bow to me.
[Cut to the entrance to the stairwell that leads to the balcony. Hun Bald Man #1 and #2 come down the stairs and close the door, joining Hun Archer Man, Hun Strong Man and Hun Long-Hair Man. Mulan and company are around the corner]
Mulan: Okay, any questions?
Yao: Does this dress make me look fat? [Mulan slaps him] OW!
[Mulan, Yao, Ling and Chien-Po walk out disguised as concubines]
Hun Archer: Who's there?
Hun Bald Man #2: Concubines.
Hun Bald Man #1: Ugly concubines.
Ling: Oh he's so cute.
[Hun Bald Man #2 smiles and waves. Hun Bald Man #1 elbows Hun Bald Man #2. A bitten apple falls out from beneath Ling's dress]
Shang: [from around the corner putting his head down into his hand] Aww.
[Shan-Yu's Falcon sees Shang and prepares to screech, Mushu from above singes off all his feathers with his fire breathing]
Mushu: Now that's what I call Mongolian Barbeque. [Hun Bald Man #2 picks up the apple and offers it back to Ling. Ling, Yao, and Chien-Po pull into their dresses and reveal fruits. Chien-Po uses two watermelons to smash them on the heads of Hun Bald Man #1 and #2. He then smashes their two heads together and they fall to the ground. Ling pushes the apple into Hun Long-Hair man's mouth and kicks him in the stomach causing Hun Long-Hair Man to stoop over on the ground. Ling uses his head to whack Hun Long-Hair Man's back. Hun Strong Guy lunges his fist at Yao and misses, he misses with the other. Yao grabs one arm and flips him over. Mulan kicks away Hun Archer Man's bow and knocked arrow, avoids his strike by turning her back to Hun Archer. She follows with a left elbow to the stomach followed by a left upper cut knocking Hun Archer to the ground. She sits on his back and uses the bow to pull his head back]
Mulan: Shang, go!
[Shang runs up the stairs and into the room where Shan Yu and the Emperor are.]
Shan-Yu: I tire of your arrogance old man. Bow to me!
Emperor: No matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it.
Shan-Yu: Then you will kneel in pieces.
[Shan-Yu draws back his sword to strike the Emperor. Shang runs up and blocks the striking blow of Shan-Yu with his sword. Shang swipes with his sword. Shan-Yu grabs Shang's arm and throws him towards the edge. Shang grabs onto a column and he flies over the edge, swings back and kicks Shan-Yu. Shan-Yu falls to the ground, Shang on top of him. Shang punches Shan-Yu. Shan-Yu grabs Shang and rolls over forcing Shang to be on his back underneath him. Shang uses his knee to hit Shan-Yu from behind as he uses his hand to hit him in the head. Shang forces Shan-Yu onto his back and grabs his arm pulling it behind Shan-Yu's back. Mulan, Chien-Po, Yao and Ling enter the balcony from the stairs]
Mulan: Chien-Po, get the Emperor.
Chien-Po: [standing in front of the Emperor and bowing] Sorry, your Majesty.
[Chien-Po lifts up the Emperor and runs over to Mulan who is by a rope attached to a column in the balcony. Chien-Po uses his sash as a pulley and rides down the rope to the ground. Shan Yu watches the Emperor leave]
Shan-Yu: NO!
[Shan-Yu uses his free arm to elbow Shang in the face. Shan-Yu gets up and head-butts Shang and throws him to the ground]
Yao: Come on!
[Shan-Yu begins to approach Mulan and the rope. Mulan grabs Shan-Yu's sword and cuts the taught rope. The crowd cheers]
Shan-Yu: No. [Roars in anger]
[Shan-Yu pulls out his sword lodged in the column and heads toward them. As Shang sees Shan-Yu approaching, he takes out his knife. Shan-Yu knocks away the knife, punches him in the face, and grabs Shang by the shirt collar]
Shan Yu: You.. you took away my victory.
[Mulan's shoe hits Shan-Yu in the head]
Mulan: No! I did. [pulls her hair back]
Shan Yu: The soldier from the mountains. [Mulan runs from Shan Yu as Mushu and Cri-kee arrive riding Hayabusha]
Mushu: So what's the plan?
Mulan: Umm...
Mulan: Hey, I'm making this up as I- [skids to a stop as she sees the fireworks display] go. [Points to the fireworks] Mushu!
Mushu: Way ahead of ya, sister. Come on, Cri-Kee. [jumps from window onto a black butterfly kite and use the wings to soar over toward the fireworks tower. Shan Yu attacks Mulan, and she shinnies up a pole. Shan Yu cuts down the pole, and Mulan and the pole go through the wall. Mulan jumps up and grabs onto the roof and pulls herself up. She looks across to where Mushu and Cri-Kee are gathering ammunition]
Mushu: [lands on fireworks using the butterfly kite as wings] Citizens, I need firepower.
Fireworks people: Who are you?
Mushu: Your worst nightmare.
[The two men jump off the tower. Mulan pulls herself onto the roof and climbs up to the crest]
Man in Crowd #1: On the roof!
Man in Crowd #2: Look!
[Mulan lines up where she is standing with the fireworks tower across the way. Shan-Yu breaks through the roof behind Mulan. Mulan backs away and searches for something on her person to help her against Shan-Yu. She finds a her fan, takes it out, and opens it]
Shan-Yu: It looks like you're out of ideas. [Shan-Yu lunges with his sword. Mulan dodges to her right and lets the sword go right through the fan. She closes the fan back up on the sword and twists the fan with both hands so that Shan-Yu loses his grip. The sword flies toward Mulan and she catches it by the handle slipping off the fan with her sword movement]
Mulan: Not quite. [calling out] Ready, Mushu?
Mushu: [behind Shan-Yu tied to a large rocket firework] I AM READY, BABY! [He blows fire onto a stick and hands the stick to Cri-Kee who's standing on the firework] Light me! [Cri-Kee lights the fuse. Shan-Yu approaches Mulan. Using the sword as a lever, Mulan lunges at Shan-Yu kicking him in the face then sweep kicks him and he falls to the ground. Mulan picks the sword back up and stabs it into Shan-Yu's cape. The rocket on Mushu ignites and hurls him toward Shan-Yu. Mulan lies flat down on the left side of the roof. Shan-Yu sees the approaching rocket and attempts to move, but the sword has him pinned to the spot. The rocket hits Shan-Yu propelling him toward the firework tower. Mushu grabbed onto the sword as he went by letting the rocket do the work. Cri-Kee hangs on to Mushu's tail. Mulan jumps back up to the crest of the roof and runs away from the fireworks tower grabbing Mushu and Cri-Kee off the sword]
Mulan: Get off the roof, get off the roof, get off the roof. [The rocket rides Shan-Yu into the fireworks tower causing masses of explosions and fireworks to fly everywhere. Mulan jumps near the edge of the roof. Propelled by the explosion, she grabs onto a lantern that is hanging on a taught rope and starts to slide down. She looks down and releases her grip so that she lands on the back of Shang causing the two of them to stumble to the ground. Shan-Yu's sword follows and lands on the ground near by.]
Mushu: [landing and flying backwards on his butt a couple of times pointing at the fireworks] Ah ha ha ha ha. [Mushu's catches Cri-Kee with antenna on fire as Cri-Kee falls toward him] [to Cri-Kee] You are a lucky bug. [Mushu pinches out the fire on Cri-Kee's antenna]
Chi Fu: THAT WAS A DELIBERATE ATTEMPT ON MY LIFE! WHERE IS SHE?! NOW she's done it! WHAT A MESS! Stand aside, that creature's not worth protecting.
Shang: She's a hero!
Chi Fu: 'Tis a woman. She'll never be worth anything!
Shang: Listen, you POMPOUS...
Shang: Your Majesty, I can explain! [The Emperor raises a hand and the Gang of Three move to the side, revealing Mulan]
Emperor: I've heard a great deal about you, Fa Mulan. You stole your father's armor, ran away from home. Impersonated a soldier, deceived your commanding officer, dishonored the Chinese Army, destroyed my palace! AND... You have saved us all.
[The Emperor of China bows to Mulan; Chi Fu, Captain Shang, Ling, Yao, Chien-Po and the entire gathered crowd do the same]
Mushu: My little baby's all grown up and...[sniffle]... and savin' China. You have a tissue?
Emperor: Chi Fu.
Chi Fu: Your Excellency?
Emperor: [indicating Mulan] See to it that this woman is made a member of my council.
Chi Fu: A member of... what? [sputters] But- uh- there are no council positions open, Your Majesty.
Emperor: Very well. [to Mulan] You can have HIS job.
Chi Fu: Wha-? I- [faints]
Mulan: With all due respect, Your Excellency, I think I've been away from home long enough.
Emperor: [takes off his personal crest] Then take this, so your family will know what you have done for me. [gives her the sword of Shan Yu] And this, so the world will know what you have done for China.
[Mulan embraces the Emperor]
Yao: Is she allowed to do that?
[after also hugging Yao, Ling and Chien-Po, Mulan approaches Shang]
Shang: Um... You... You fight good.
Mulan: Oh. Thank you. [to Khan] Khan, let's go home.
[Mulan leaves; the Emperor walks up next to Shang]
Emperor: The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.
Shang: Sir?
Emperor: You don't meet a girl like THAT every dynasty.
[At Mulan's house, Mulan approaches her father, who is sitting under the cherry trees. She kneels in front of him.]
Fa Zhou: Mulan.
Mulan: Father, I've brought you the sword of Shan-Yu and the Crest of the Emperor. They're gifts to honor the Fa Family. [Her father drops the gifts and hugs her]
Fa Zhou: The greatest gift in honor is having you for a daughter. I've missed you so.
Mulan: I've missed you too, Baba.
Grandmother Fa: [watching them] Great. She brings home a SWORD. If you ask me, she should've brought home a MA-
Shang: Excuse me. Does Fa Mulan live here? [Mother Fa and Grandmother Fa stare at Shang, then point in toward the house] Thank you.
Grandmother Fa: Woo! Sign me up for the NEXT war!
Shang: Honorable Fa Zhou, I- Mulan! Uh, you forgot the helmet. Well, actually [to Fa Zhou] your helmet, isn't it? I mean...
Mulan: [to Shang] Would you like to stay for dinner?
Grandmother Fa: [offscreen] Would you like to stay forever?
Shang: Dinner would be great.
Mushu: [to Great Ancestor] Come on! Who did a good job? C'mon, tell me who did a good job.
Great Ancestor: [sighs] All right. You can be a guardian again.
[Cri-Kee rings the gong; all the ancestors come out.]]
Mushu: Take it, Cri-Kee. [Cri-Kee plays a set of drums, and all the ancestors dance.]
Ancestor Man #1: You know, she gets it from my side of the family!.
Mushu: [swings on a chain] CALL OUT FOR EGG ROLLS! [He falls off and goes sliding out Man the Temple door.]
Great Ancestor: Guardians.
Mulan: Thanks, Mushu. [She kisses him on the forehead. Suddenly, Little Brother, followed by a herd of chickens, bursts into the Temple.]
Great Ancestor: MUSHU!

About Mulan (1998 film)


  • Mulan is an impressive achievement, with a story and treatment ranking with Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.
    • Roger Ebert, in his 3.5-star review of Mulan, dated June 19, 1998
  • Despite her delicate features and voice. Disney expects us to believe that Mulan’s ingenuity and courage were enough to carry her to military success on an equal basis with her cloddish cohorts.
  • You see, now stay with me on this, many young men find many young women to be attractive sexually. Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually. Put them together, in close quarters, for long periods of time, and things will get interesting. Just like they eventually did for young Mulan. Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.



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