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Part 1: From The Beginning - Mulan Running Out Into the Rain


[Chinese guard is seen walking on The Great Wall. Shan-Yu's falcon swoops down and hits the guard on the head knocking his helmet off. The falcon lands on top of a flag pole in front of a full moon and lets out a large cry. One grappling hook comes over The Great Wall. The guard walks over to the edge and sees many grappling hooks coming towards him]
Guard [yelling] We're under attack! Light the signal!
[Guard runs to the tower and up the ladder as Hun Bald Man #1 and Hun Long Hair Man appear trying to stop him. Hun Bald Man #1 breaks the ladder with his sword just as Guard reaches the top. The guard picks up the torch to light the fire and sees Shan-Yu jump over the edge of the tower and looks at him across from the caldron. The guard throws the torch into the caldron lighting a large fire. Shan-Yu watches as each tower lights their caldrons one by one]
Guard [sternly] Now all of China knows you're here.
Shan-Yu [taking the flag and holding it over the fire] Perfect.
[Cut to the palace. The large doors to the central chamber open as General Li walks in flanked on his left and right by soldiers and approaches the Emperor. He bows, then looks up]
General Li Your Majesty, the Huns have crossed our Northern border.
Chi Fu Impossible! No one can get through The Great Wall. [The Emperor motions for Chi Fu's silence]
General Li Shun-Yu is leading them. We'll set up defenses around your palace immediately.
Emperor [forcefully] 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 wont take any chances, General. A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.
[Cut to Mulan using her chopsticks to single out a grain of rice on top of the mound of rice]
Mulan Quiet and demure...graceful...polite... [picking up some rice with her chopsticks and eating a mouthful] delicate...refined...poised... [She sets down her chopsticks and writes down a final word on her right arm] punctual. [A cock crows] Aiya. [Calling out] Little brother. Little brother. Lit- ahhh, there you are. Who's the smartest doggie in the world? Come on smart boy, can you help me with my chores today?

[Mulan ties a sack of grain around Little Brother's waist. She ties a stick onto Little brother so that end of it is in front of Little Brother's face. She ties the bone on the end of the stick just out of reach. Little Brother begins to run after the bone which he cannot reach. Mulan opens the door for Little Brother and he runs into the door frame, then out the open door. Little brother runs by the chickens and Khan - the family horse]

[Cut to Mulan's Father, Fa Zhou, kneeling and praying before the Fa family's ancestors.]

Fa Zhou Honorable ancestors, please help Mulan impress the matchmaker today.
Little Brother [running into the temple and around Fa Zhou scattering grain around the floor] Bark, bark, bark, bark, bark.
[The chickens follow Little Brother into the temple and begin to feed on the grain]
Fa Zhou Please, PLEASE, help her.
[Mulan steps up to the temple seeing Little Brother on his hind legs trying to get the bone. Mulan bends the stick down so that Little brother can reach the bone. Little brother gnaws on the bone happily. Mulan continues toward the temple]
Mulan [calling out] Father I brought your--whoop! [Fa Zhou bumps into Mulan. The cup falls to the ground and Fa Zhou catches the teapot with the handle of his cane]
Fa Zhou Mulan--
Mulan I brought a spare. [Mulan pulls out a cup from underneath the back of her dress and begins to pour the tea]
Fa Zhou Mulan--
Mulan [hurried] Remember, the doctor said three cups of tea in the morning--
Fa Zhou Mulan--
Mulan And three at night.
Fa Zhou Mulan, you should already be in town. We're counting on you to up--
Mulan --uphold the family honor. Don't worry father. I wont let you down. [Mulan covers over the writing on her arm with here sleeve] Wish me luck. [Mulan hurries down the stairs]
Fa Zhou [calling out] Hurry! [to himself] I'm going to...pray some more. [Fa Zhou turns and walks back into the temple]
[Cut to the town with Fa Li looking worried]
Bath Lady [poking out of her building] Fa Li, is your daughter here yet? The matchmaker is not a patient woman. [She goes back into the building]
Fa Li Of all days to be late. I should have prayed to the ancestors for luck.
Grandma Fa [walking in with a Cri-Kee in a cage] How lucky can they be, they're dead. Besides, I've got all the luck we'll need. [Speaking to Cri-Kee] This is your chance to prove yourself. [Cri-Kee chirps approvingly. Grandma Fa covers her eyes steps into a busy street]
Fa Li [excitedly]: Grandma No!
[The traffic barely misses Grandma Fa as she crosses the busy street. But two horse and carriage collide causing a big accident. She arrives at the other side of the street, uncovers here eyes and looks at Cri-Kee]
Grandma Fa Yep, this cricket's a lucky one. [Cri-Kee falls over out of fright]
Fa Li [sighing in relief] Hai.
[Mulan arrives on Khan jumping over the recent accident in the street and jumps off with hay stuck in her hair]
Mulan I'm here. [Seeing a stern look from her mother] What? But Mama I had to--
Fa Li None of your 'xcuses. Now let's get you cleaned up. [They walk together into the preparation area]

[Song: Honor to us all]

[all the while Bath Lady undresses Mulan and pushes her into the Bath]

Bath Lady This is what you give me
to work with?
Well, honey, I've seen worse.
We're gonna turn
this sow's ear
Into a silk purse. [Bath Lady moves the silk partition aside showing Mulan in the bath]
Mulan [spoken] It's freezing.
Fa Li [spoken] It would have been warm if you were here on time.
[Bath Lady washes Mulan's hair]
Bath Lady We'll have you
Washed and dried
Primped and polished
till you glow with pride
Trust my recipe for
instant bride
You'll bring honor to us all
Fa Li [grabbing a sponge and Mulan's right arm to start cleaning her. She notices the writing] [spoken] Mulan, what's this?
Mulan [Drawing her arm back and batting her eyelashes] [spoken] Uh, notes, in case I forget something?
Grandma Fa [spoken] Hold this [hands the cricket to Fa Li]. We'll need more luck than I thought. [Mulan looks on with an air of disappointment]
[Cut to the hair dressers]
Hair Dresser 1 [Brushing and combing Mulan's hair much to Mulan's chagrin]
Wait and see
When we're through
Hair Dresser 2 Boys will gladly go to
war for you
Hair Dresser 1 With good fortune
Hair Dresser 2 [Finalizing the hairdo to look exactly like hers]
And a great hairdo
Both You'll bring honor to us all
[Mulan following her Mother passes a xiangqi game and pauses to make an impressive move. Mulan has a smug look on her face when Fa Li comes back and drags Mulan away]
Fa Li and others A girl can bring her family
Great honor in one way
By striking a good match
And this could be the day
[Dresser 1, Dresser 2, and Fa Li dress Mulan]
Dresser 1 Men want girls
with good taste
Dresser 2 Calm
Fa Li Obedient
Dresser 1 Who work fast-paced
Fa Li With good breeding
Dresser 2 [Pulling the dress tight around her waist]
And a tiny waist
Mulan [expressing her waist being squeezed tight] [spoken] huh.
All Three You'll bring honor to us all
[Mulan follows Fa Li and sees boy stealing a doll from a girl. Mulan grabs the doll from the boy and returns it to its owner]
Townspeople We all must serve
our Emperor
Who guards us from the Huns
A man by bearing arms
A girl by bearing sons
[Putting on Mulan's face, powder, lipstick and eye liner]
Make-up Lady/Fa Li [in a 3 person round]
When we're through
you can't fail
Like a lotus blossom
soft and pale
How could any fellow
say "No sale"
You'll bring honor to us all
[Make-Up Lady holds a mirror so Mulan can see her reflection. Not looking pleased, Mulan takes her single, short bang and brings it down in front of her forehead and smiles]
Fa Li [spoken. Fa Li places a hair comb in Mulan's hair] There, you're ready.
Grandma Fa [spoken]Not yet! An apple for serenity [putting an apple in Mulan's mouth]...A pendant for balance [places a yin-yang pendant under her sash]
[sings]
Beads of jade for beauty [putting beads around Mulan's neck]
You must proudly show it [Grandma Fa raises her chin high with her hand]
Now add a cricket just for luck [putting the cage with Cri-Kee under Mulan's sash in the back. Cri-Kee doesn't look pleased]
And even you can't blow it
Mulan [Walking to catch up with the other maidens] Ancestors
Hear my plea
Help me not to make a
fool of me
And to not uproot
my fam'ly tree
Keep my father standing tall
Maidens and Mulan [Mulan taking the parasol from Fal Li and running to fall in line with the other 4 maidens]
Scarier than the undertaker
We are meeting our matchmaker
Townspeople Destiny
Guard our girls
And our future
as it fast unfurls
Please look kindly on
these cultured pearls
Each a perfect porcelain doll
Maiden #1 Please bring honor to us
Maiden #2 Please bring honor to us
Maiden #3 Please bring honor to us
Maiden #4 Please bring honor to us
Mulan and Maidens Please bring honor to us all!
[All Girls and Mulan arrive before the Matchmaker crouched down behind their parasols. End of song]
Matchmaker [looking at her clipboard] Fa Mulan
Mulan [Jumping up and raising her hand] Present.
Matchmaker Speaking without permission.
Mulan Oops.
Grandma Fa [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 [looking over Mulan] Huh, Hmm, too skinny. [Cri-Kee escapes from his cage. Mulan struggles 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] Ptu
Matchmaker Well...
Mulan [with dignity] Fulfill your duties calmly and re...f--[looking at her arm with smeared writing] spectfully. Reflect before you snack [surprised, Mulan 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 looking for notes not finding any. Mulan smiles big when Matchmaker looks at her. Matchmaker 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 [Pushing a teapot towards Mulan]. 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 [quiet and timid] Um, pardon me.
Matchmaker And silent! [Matchmaker sniffs the tea]
Mulan [reaching and grabbing the teacup] Could I just take that back...one moment.
[They struggle for the teacup and it turns over on Matchmaker and Cri-kee jumps down matchmaker's dress]
Matchmaker Why you clumsy--[Matchmaker feels Cri-Kee in her dress and dances around] Wooo, woooo, wooooooo, [Matchmaker knocks over her pot of coals, and sits down on the coals. Matchmaker jumps around screaming] Ahhhhhhhhhhh [Mulan grabs her fan and briskly fans the charred area on Matchmaker's behind causing it to flame up. Mulan looks surprised about her mistake]
[Cut to outside Matchmakers building showing Grandma Fa with much noise coming from Matchmaker's building]
Grandma Fa [to Fa Li] I think it's going well, don't you?
Matchmaker [running out of the building screaming] Put it out! Put it out! Put it out! [Mulan takes the teapot, 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] [with anger] You are a disgrace! [Matchmaker throws the teapot down smashing it to pieces] You may look like a bride, but you will never bring your family honor!
[The townsfolk who have gathered whisper and walk away]
[Cut to Mulan walking through the gate with her home leading khan. She looks sorrowful. Fa Zhou sees his daughter and smiles. Mulan sees her father's smile. She covers her face with Khan's head and leads him to the water trough]
[Song: Reflection]
Mulan

Look at me [looking at her reflection in the water trough]
I will never pass for
a perfect bride [taking off her earrings and beads of jade]
Or a perfect daughter [Mulan watches Fa Li relating what happened at the Matchmaker's to Fa Zhou]
Can it be
I'm not meant to play
this part? [Mulan releases Cri-Kee back to the wild]
Now I see
That if I were to truly
To be myself [Mulan hops along the bridge railing]
I would break my
family's heart

Who is that girl I see [Mulan looks into the pond and sees her own reflection]
Staring straight
Back at me? [Mulan puts her hand on the Great Stone Dragon and looks toward the temple]
Why is my reflection someone
I don't know? [Cri-Kee rowing across the pond on a lily pad]
Somehow I cannot hide [Mulan walking into the family temple seeing multiple reflections of herself in the ancestors' stones]
Who I am [Cri-Kee watches Mulan in the temple]
Though I've tried [Mulan bows to the ancestors]
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside? [Mulan finishes wiping off her make-up seeing her reflection in the stones]
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside? [Mulan gets up and heads out the temple]

[End of song. Mulan sits on a bench under the blossom tree. Fa Zhou approaches her, clearing his throat. Mulan sees him approaching and turns her head away. Fa Zhou sits down beside Mulan]
Fa Zhou My, my, what beautiful blossoms we have this year [looking up into the blossom tree]. But look, this one's late. But, I'll bet that when it blooms, it will be the most beautiful of all. [Mulan and Fa Zhou share smiles. Drums start pounding announcing the arrival of Chi Fu and two guards on horseback]
Mulan What is it?
[Fa Zhou gets up and walks to the entrance of their house with Mulan following]
Fa Li Mulan, stay inside.
[Grandma Fa catching Mulan's attention and motions inside. Mulan spies the railing near the wall and climbs up to watch over the roof]
Chi Fu Citizens, I bring a proclamation from the Imperial City: the Huns have invaded China!
Townspeople [expressing surprise] No!
Chi Fu By order of the Emperor, one man from every family must serve in the Imperial Army. The Xiao family [a member of the family steps up, bows to the guard and takes the consription notice from the guard]. The Yi family.
Yi's Son [holding his old father back] I will serve the Emperor in my father's place.
Chi Fu The Fa Family.
Mulan No.
[Fa Zhou gives his cane to Fa Li and walks toward Chi Fu. Fa Zhou bows before the horsemen]
Fa Zhou [standing proud] I am ready to serve the Emperor. [Fa Zhou reaches for the conscription notice]
Mulan [running outside to keep her father from taking the conscription notice] Father, you can't go.
Fa Zhou [turning to see his daughter] Mulan!
Mulan Please sir, my father has already fought bravely--
Chi Fu Silence! You would do well to teach your daughter to hold her tongue in a man's presence.
Fa Zhou [looking away from Mulan] Mulan, you dishonor me.
[Grandma Fa guides Mulan back away]
Chi Fu [handing Fa Zhou the conscription notice] Report tomorrow at the Wu Zhong camp.
Fa Zhou Yes, sir. [Fa Zhou walks back into the homestead refusing to take his cane from Fa Li]
Chi Fu [fading out as we follow Fa Zhou] The Chu family. The Wen family. The Chang family. The...
[Cut to Fa Zhou in his armory at night. Fa Zhou takes out his sword and practices his stances. Whan he balances on his right leg, his leg injury acts up and he falls. Unbeknownst to her father, Mulan watches in horror. She breathes heavily]
[Cut to dinner. The Fa Zhou, Grandma Fa, Fa Li, and Mulan eat in silence. Thunder can be heard and lightning can be seen through the opaque window. Mulan pours the tea for her family. She slams her teacup down on the table and stands up]
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 [angrily] So you'll die for honor!
Fa Zhou [standing up and angered] I will DIE doing what's right.
Mulan [starts to speak but is cut off] But if you--
Fa Zhou I know my place, it is time you learned yours.
[Mulan looking like she's about to cry, turns away from Fa Zhou and runs outside into the rain storm and cries]

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