Live-action Mulan: Liu Yifei (刘亦菲)

Hi everyone! As you may have heard from the buzz going around the world, Disney has finally chosen an actress to portray Mulan in the live-action film of the same name directed by Niki Caro! This honor of being hand-picked from nearly 1,000 candidates goes to the one and only, Liu Yifei (刘亦菲)—a Chinese actress with incredible martial arts skills and fluency in English.

Liu Yifei was born in Wuhan, Hubei, China on August 25th, 1987. Her birth name was An Feng (安风) and was changed to Liu Ximeizi (刘茜美子) after her parents separated when she was only seven years old. She was raised by her mother and lived in Queens from ages ten to fourteen, which explains her skills in the English language. A talented artist, Liu Yifei returned to China to pursue a career in acting and modeling, and graduated from the Performance Institute of Beijing Film Academy in 2006.

Known to her fans as “Fairy Sister” for her graceful looks, Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, has starred alongside superstars Wang Leehom, Rain, and Kris Wu, just to name a few! In addition to starring in Asian films, Liu Yifei has acted in American movies, such as The Forbidden Kingdom (with Jackie Chan and Jet Li) and Outcast (with Nicolas Cage). She is also starring in the 2018 film Inversion, alongside Samuel L. Jackson.

In addition to her background in acting, Liu Yifei is also a singer, model, and brand ambassador.

The live-action film Mulan is coming out in 2019, over twenty years after the original animation was released. We here at The Daily China are all so eager for it to come out! With her talent and credentials, it’s no wonder Disney chose Liu Yifei to portray the beloved character of Fa Mulan in this long-awaited remake. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Until next time!

P.S. Check out Maya’s article about the truth behind Mulan here!



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There are 21 comments

  1. Joanne Li

    I’m excited to hear that Liu Yifei is so talented! I had no idea that she has acted with Jackie Chan and will be acting with Samuel L. Jackson. I’m looking forward to seeing the live-remake of Mulan!

  2. Caroline Strauss

    This article is very informing. Liu Yifei sounds very talented. I would love to see the live remake of Mulan. Mulan is a very good movie.

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  4. Daryn N

    So interesting. I’m such a Disney fan and I can’t wait to see what Liu Yifei does with the role. Looking forward to seeing this movie in theaters!!

  5. Ashley Kwak

    This is so great!! I am so happy that she was chosen to portray Mulan and I’ve heard of her because she is very famous in Korea as well. I hope the she portrays very well in the movie and I can’t wait to see it!!

  6. Serene L.

    I am so happy that Disney is making a live action film of my favorite Disney princess. I will be the first person to see the movie in theaters once it’s released.

  7. Nathan Davis

    I always thought that Mulan was a great movie so hearing hearing that the actress playing Mulan in the live action movie is as qualified as she is makes me hopeful that this movie won’t train reck. It is interesting that she has so many skills from singing to martial arts. Good luck 刘亦菲.

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  10. Serin A.

    Liu Yifei is one of my favorite Chinese actresses and this news made me incredibly happy!! I can’t wait until 2019 to watch this movie. I hope more movies about Asian culture could be seen in American theaters 🙂

  11. Kaydence

    It’s exciting to know how Liu Yifei, who’s really good at martial arts is going to be Mulan. I can’t wait for the movie to come out!

  12. Alynah Ratansi

    WOW! I am so intrigued by this article as they are remaking my childhood. This is something I’ve wanted for so long. Liu Yifei looks very talented and I’m very excited.

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