World Movies welcomes the Chinese New Year with the Australian Premiere of two gripping and splendidly styled Chinese films back-to-back. My Kingdom tells the tale of two brothers’ quest to regain their master’s honour, but their relentless pursuit leads to their own downfall as they encounter the beautiful but deadly Xi Mulan. Mulan is the heroic true story of a warrior who saved a nation, in which a young woman disguises herself as a male soldier and enlists in the army to save her ageing father from war.
Friday 31 January 5.55pm
My Kingdom (China, 2011) – Australian Television Premiere
A story of honour, love and revenge set against the backdrop of the Chinese opera during its heyday in 1920s Shanghai, this epic tale centres on two sworn brothers and their quest to regain their master’s honour. After years spent training in martial arts, Guan Yilong (Wu Chun, 14 Blades) and Meng Erkui (Han Geng, Beginning of the Great Revival) pursue revenge and quickly succeed, establishing themselves as the newest sensations of the Shanghai opera scene. They experience fame and love with a beautiful actress, Xi Mulan (Barbie Hsu, Future X-Cops), but soon their collective pasts catch up with them and all three are tangled in a complex web of love, lust, deceit and betrayal.
Friday 31 January 7.35pm
Mulan (China, 2009) – Australian Television Premiere
When the country is threatened, the Emperor issues a decree that all families must defend their homeland against the invaders. Mulan, a young girl from a family without a male heir, disguises herself as a man to save her aging father from the horrors of the battlefield. Her remarkable courage in an all-male army made her a true leader, playing a critical role in defending the nation in a time of war.