mulan ming-na wen interview

When Ming-Na Wen first stepped into the recording booth in 1995, she couldn’t anticipate the legacy that Mulan would leave — becoming one of the most beloved Disney animated movies, and getting remade into a live-action film more than 20 years later…in which she would make a cameo that made social media explode. Nor could she anticipate that she would become one of the faces of the expanding Asian roles in Hollywood, with a career marked by firsts: first Asian actor cast in a regular role in a soap opera, first all-Asian-led cast in a major Hollywood film in The Joy Luck Club, first Asian Disney Princess.

“I think, definitely with this business, it was part luck, part timing, and maybe some destiny,” Wen told /Film in a Zoom interview ahead of the first-ever release of the animated Mulan on 4K UHD. “I think we’re all destined for something.”

And it seems that Wen was destined to appear in Mulan, both as the star in the 1998 animated classic, and in a buzzy cameo at the end of Niki Caro‘s 2020 live-action Mulan, in which she was “passing the baton” to the new Mulan, played by Liu Yifei. It’s a cameo that almost didn’t happen, Wen said, but thanks to director Caro and producer Jason Reed, and a quick-thinking hair and make-up department, Wen was able to make her cameo in a loving homage to the animated film.

Find out how the cameo came together in our full interview with Ming-Na Wen ahead of the 4K UHD release of the animated Mulan and the Blu-ray, 4K UHD, and DVD release on November 10, 2020.

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How to Make Fake Money in Movies

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out how fake money is made to be used in movies and TV without breaking any laws about counterfeiting money. Plus, get a look at how a certain surprise cameo in Mulan unfolded on set along with some other Easter eggs. And finally, watch a montage of a buch of the celebrity cameos from 20 years of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Read More »

mulan cameo

If you shelled out the extra $30 to see Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan this past weekend, you may have noticed a special cameo near the end of the film. Read on to learn the story about how that ended up happening, what the original plan for the cameo was, and more.

Warning: spoilers for the 2020 Mulan below. Read More »

the joy luck club reunion

Bring your best dumplings and moon cakes, because The Joy Luck Club is getting back together. The cast of The Joy Luck Club is reuniting in a virtual “book club” to discuss the beloved 1989 novel with the author Amy Tan. The nonprofit organization Gold House will be hosting The Joy Luck Club reunion, which will include Lauren Tom, Ming-Na Wen, Rosalind Chao, and Tamlyn Tomita.

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Chewbacca's Backstory

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, learn about the backstory of Star Wars hero Chewbacca, who had a whole life before he became Han Solo’s co-pilot on the Millennium Falcon. Plus, watch an outstanding live-action recreation of some musical sequences from Beauty and the Beast done by one woman using her quarantine time wisely. Finally, listen as Mulan voice star Ming-Na Wen partakes in some storytime. Read More »

the mandalorian trailer Ming-Na Wen

We’re closer than ever to the debut of The Mandalorian, the new Star Wars streaming series arriving on Disney+. Ahead of next week’s premiere, a new Mandalorian trailer has provided us with our first look at Ming-Na Wen‘s character, assassin Fennec Shand. We also get to hear Nick Nolte’s very distinct voice – the type of voice that sounds as if Nolte washed down a breakfast of broken glass with a tall glass of motor oil. Watch the trailer, and see a new image, below.

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The Mandalorian Trailer Easter Eggs

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a much closer look at the first trailer for The Mandalorian to scour for Easter eggs referencing other parts of the Star Wars galaxy. Plus, watch as The D23 Expo inducts 2019 Disney Legends honorees like Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Ming-Na Wen and more, and listen in as the cast of Queer Eye partakes in a lie detector test interview. Read More »

2019 disney legends

Robert Downey Jr., Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer are among the 11 people this year who have been named legends. Disney Legends. A title bestowed upon the best and brightest stars at the Walt Disney Company, and their various subsidiaries like Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and Pixar, Disney Legend is one of the coolest honors that an actor or creative could receive. See who is among the new 2019 Disney Legends below.

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Agents of SHIELD Season 3 opening

The cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were on a panel at WonderCon last weekend and spoke to the press afterwards. The tight-lipped stars of the Marvel show were able to preview some of the upcoming adventures of this corner of the MCU. Daisy Johnson will have some full Secret Warriors action sequences coming up, said actor Chloe Bennet.

“Fans will be thoroughly satisfied with some of the Secret Warrior action we have coming up,” Bennet said. “It was some of my favorite stuff to shoot ever on this show because it’s something that Daisy’s wanted. I can’t say how it ends in that it’s not going to be like ‘We’re a team and this is how it is forever happy yay!’ It’s not necessarily going to be like that but there’s a couple of really good comic book classic moments that we have with the team.”  Read More »

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