Mulan Joins the Army (1928 film)

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Mulan Joins the Army
Directed by Hou Yao
Based on Ballad of Mulan
Starring Li Dandan
Release date
Country China
Language Silent
Budget 30,000 yuan

Mulan Joins the Army (Chinese: 木蘭從軍; pinyin: Mulan Congjun) is a 1928 Chinese film directed by Hou Yao for the Minxin Film Company.[1] Minxin invested 30,000 yuan, to send a 20-member crew to Northern China and made use of four hundred soldiers in filming. Unfortunately for Minxin, the film was beaten to release in 1927 by competitor Tianyi Film Company's Hua Mulan Joins the Army (Hua Mulan Congjun) directed by Li Pingqian, and starring Hu Shan, younger sister of the famed Hu Die.[2]

This film is believed to be a lost film.[3]



  1. ^ 方明光 Fang Mingguang 海上旧梦影 2003 - Page 81 "《木兰从军》在 1928 年就由侯曜编导拍过 ..."
  2. ^ Yingjin Zhang Chinese National Cinema 2004- Page 42 "For instance, in 1927 Minxin invested 30,000 yuan, sent a twenty-member crew to Northern China and enlisted four hundred army soldiers in shooting Mulan Joins the Army (Mulan congjun, dir. Hou Yao, 1928; 10 reels). Their six-month hard work proved a box-office disaster because Tianyi had released its Hua Mulan Joins the Army (Hua Mulan congjun, dir. Li Pingqian, 1927;"
  3. ^ Hua Mulan: a screen chronology

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