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Part 4: A Girl Worth Fighting For - Mulan Riding off to the Imperial City


 
[Song: A Girl Worth Fighting For]
Army Chorus [troops walking up hill]
For a long time we've been
marching off to battle
Yao [close-up of Yao, then a shot of 2 cows]
In a thundering herd
we feel a lot like cattle
Cow [spoken] Moo
Army Chorus [showing troops marching]
Like the pounding beat
our aching feet aren't
easy to ignore
Ling [catching up to Yao and Chien-Po]
Hey, think of instead,
A girl worth fighting for [Yao, Ling and Chien-Po look upwards dreamily]
Mulan [spoken from behind] Huh?
Ling

[grabbing Mulan and drawing her close while pulling out a centerfold]
That's what I said, a girl
worth fighting for [Mulan runs away seeing the centerfold]

[artistry section where the images are drawn like painted people. Ling is seen looking at a woman and then kissing her]
I want her paler than the
moon with eyes that
shine like stars

Yao [lifting and lowering a woman over his head then opening his chest to show a gaping wound that we can see the woman through]
My girl will marvel at
my strength, adore my
battle scars
Chien-Po [Chien-Po and a woman circle around then land on the edge of a large bowl of rice as a cow, pig and chicken fall beside them]
I couldn't care less what she'll
wear or what she looks like
It all depends on what
she cooks like
Beef, pork, chicken...
[end painted people section, the last image fades into statues that the troops just passed]
All Three Mmm...
Yao [looking at Mulan while crossing the river with swords over their heads. Mulan looks disgusted and hurries forward]
Bet the local girls thought
you were quite the charmer
Ling [with armor full of water to make him look muscular] And I'll bet the ladies love
a man in armor
[the water leaks out making Ling look like his normal self]
Army Chorus [Mushu whistles to ladies working in the rice field from out of the carriage holding cannons. Cri-Kee looks shocked. The ladies look and giggle at Mulan who hides her face]
You can guess what we
have missed the most
since we went off
to war
What do we want?
A girl worth fighting for!
Yao [Mulan walks away from Yao and into Chien-Po]
My girl will think I have
no faults
Chien-Po That I'm a major find
Mulan [Caught between Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po who all look up dreamily waiting for her ideal woman. She is forced to speak (sing)]
[spoken] Uh, [singing] How about a girl who's
got a brain, [Yao starts to look unimpressed]
Who always speaks her mind? [Mulan shrugs her shoulders]
Ling, Yao and Chien-Po [disdainfully, looking disappointed and disgusted] Nah!
Ling [grabbing Mulan's shoulder and leaning on her, she takes his hand off and shakes her head disapprovingly. Ling leans against the carriage of cannons]
My manly ways and turns of
phrase are sure to thrill her
Yao [hitting Khan so that the carriage runs out from under Ling. Ling looks upset then falls in the mud]
He thinks he's such a
lady-killer!
Chi Fu I've a girl back home who's
unlike any other.
Yao [aside to Mulan]
Yeah, the only girl who'd
love him is his mother! [Mulan smiles]
Army Men [lining up locking arms across each others shoulders with Mulan in the middle to her discontent]
But when we come home
in victory they'll line up
at the door!
Ling [sitting on top of Chien-Po] What do we want?
Army Chorus A girl worth fighting for!
Ling Wish that I had
Army Chorus [Mulan breaks away and walks in the opposite direction of the army]
A girl worth fighting for!
(whistle) [Mulan sees Ling, Yao, and Chien-Po with snowballs about to pelt her so she turns around]
A girl worth fighting--
[All have stunned looks on their faces]
[End Song]
[Cut to ruins of a burned out village. The soldiers walk through the singed gate and look around at the few planks that remain from the buildings]
Shang [from mounted horse] Search for survivors.
[Cut to Mulan walking around the burned-out village. She finds a the doll that Shan-Yu was holding and looks up sorrowfully. Shang comes to her side]
Shang I don't understand. My father should have been here.
Chi Fu [calling out from the top of a hill overlooking a valley] Captain!
[Chi Fu points down to the valley where the remains of General Li's army can be seen. Flags poking up out of the snow, armor lying face down, broken cannon carts. Ling, Yao, Mulan, and a soldier have the look of horror on their faces as they look into the valley. Chien-Po walks up from the valley carrying a helmet]
Chien-po [handing the helmet to Shang] ...the General.
[Shang takes the helmet and walks to the edge of the hill. He draws his sword and stabs it into the snow upright. He kneels down and places the helmet on top of the sword. Mulan approaches him from behind]
Mulan [softly] I'm sorry.
[Shang gets up, turns around and puts his hand on Mulan's shoulder and he walks by. Shang walks to the center of the troops. He grabs his horse by the saddle, takes one quick look of grief then mounts his horse]
Shang The Huns are moving quickly. We'll make better time to the Imperial City through the Tung Shao Pass. We're the only hope for the Emperor now. Move out!
[Mulan looks at the sword, takes out the doll she found and places the doll at the base of the sword. She turns around and joins the rest of the troops marching on]
[Cut to Mulan standing next to Khan saddled to the cart with cannons. A cannon blast shoots out of the cart and explodes in the air. The troops look surprised. Mulan glances back with a scowl into the hole in the canopy of the cart to see Mushu with a sorrowful face. Mushu points at Cri-Kee. Shang charges up to Mulan on his horse, Chi Fu right behind]
Shang [angrily,] What happened?!
Mulan [stumbling,] Uhhh--
Shang You just gave away our position. Now we're--[an arrow hits Shang in the shoulder as he falls to the ground. Shang pulls out the arrow] [calling out] Get out of range!!
[The troops hurriedly run away as many arrows start falling all around them. Mulan pulls Khan by the reins to hurry him up. Fire arrows start hitting the cart with cannons attached to Khan. The cart begins to blaze with fire]
Shang Save the cannons!
[The troops form a human chain and start taking the cannons out of the burning cart one by one while Mulan steadies Khan to keep him from bolting. Chien-Po grabs many and hauls them on his own. The troops grab as many cannons as they safely can and Mulan cuts Khan free from the cart. She mounts Khan and charges away from the fire. The cart explodes sending Mulan flying off Khan losing her helmet and sword which land near her. Mushu and Cri-Kee, sent flying by the blast, scream and land near Mulan]
Mushu Oh sure, save the horse.
[Mulan grabs Mushu with her right hand and grabs the sword with her left and runs to the troops position. Cri-Kee and Khan follow. Yao, Ling, Chien-Po and other recruits set up cannons against rocks. They dodge a set of arrows that fall around them]
Shang Fire!
[They launch a volley at the mountain where the archers are stationed. As the cannon fire explodes, Shan-Yu's army hides]
Shang Fire!
[Mulan, Ling and Chien-Po launch a second volley at the mountain where the archers are stationed. No more arrows can be seen coming from the mountain position]
Shang Hold the last cannon. [Yao poised to light his cannon, pauses. Shan- Yu and his troops appear at the top of the mountain] Prepare to fight. If we die, we die with honor.
[Shan-Yu raises his sword high above his head and charges down the mountain at Shang's position. His falcon flies off his shoulder on Shan-Yu's war cry The Hun army follows]
Shang Yao, aim the cannon at Shan-Yu.
[The line of Shang's troops with Mulan at the end draw their swords. Mulan looks down at her sword and sees the reflection of a large snow embankment hanging to the side of a cliff. She rushes forward]
Yao [being pushed aside by Mulan as she grabs the cannon] Hey.
Shang Ping, come back. Ping!
[Mulan charges forward towards the oncoming horde of the Hun army being led by Shan-Yu and his falcon. Mushu looks over her at the oncoming horde with worry in his eyes]
Shang [starting to run after her waving his arms] Stop!
[Mulan plants the cannon and aims it for the cliff with the snow overhang]
Mushu [seeing Shan-Yu riding closer to their position] All right, you might want to light that right about now. Quickly! Quickly!
[Mulan takes out the flint and tries to light the fuse. Shan-Yu's falcon swoops buy knocking Mulan down scattering the flint rock]
Yao [speaking to Ling and Chien-Po] C'mon, we've gotta help. [they charge towards Mulan's position]
[Mulan searches for the flint in the snow in vain. She sees Mushu, grabs him and stretches him causing him to light the fuse. Mushu lands on the cannon and the cannon fires off just above the charging Shan-Yu]
Mushu [tailing off as he rides the cannon toward the snow embankment] You missed him! How could you miss? He was three feet in front of you!
[The cannon lodges in the snow and explodes causing the beginning of a large avalanche. Mulan looks up with an evil grin on her face and Shan-Yu watches in horror as many of his troops begin to be swallowed up by the snow]
Shan-Yu [recollecting himself and focusing in on Mulan] Yrrrrrrraah.
[Shan-Yu swipes at Mulan with his sword hitting her in the right side. Mulan falls back grabbing her right side. Shan-Yu's horse stumbles. Mulan uses this break to bolt away from the avalanche. Shan-Yu gains his composure and starts to gallop away from the avalanche on his horse. Shang looks with shock as hee sees the avalanche coming toward him. Mulan grabs Shang as she passes by him, turning him around and helping him run away from the avalanche]
Yao, Chien-Po and Ling [running towards the oncoming avalanche]: Yeeahhhhhh! [they stop. noticing the oncoming avalanche they turn around and run back to where they came from] Waaaaaaaaaa!
[Khan jumps away from the troops position and starts to run towards Mulan passing Ling, Yao and Chien-Po. The avalanche swallows up Shan-Yu and his horse. Khan arrives at Mulan's position just ahead of the avalanche. Mulan jumps onto Khan and reaches for Shang. She grabs his hand, then the avalanche rushes forth breaking their grip, turning Khan around facing the oncoming avalanche of snow]
[Cut to Ling, Yao and Chien-Po standing behind a rock. They see the snow approaching close and run to larger shelter where the rest of Shang's army is positioned just as the avalance reaches their posision]
[Cut to Mushu riding down the snow on a shield]
Mushu [calling out] Mulan! Mulan! [seeing hair sticking up from the snow] Mulan? [Mushu picks up the Hun by the hair]
Hun Soldier Arrrrr.
Mushu [pushing the hun soldier back under the snow]: Nope. Mulan! [Mushu picks up Cri-Kee out of the snow] Man, you are one lucky bug.
[Cut to Mulan riding Khan above the snow into the teeth of the avalanche. Khan and Mulan are swept under by the snow and reemerge quickly. She looks back and sees Shang passed out riding the wave of snow]
Mulan [calling loudly]: Shang! [Mulan turns around and rides to Shang's position. She picks him up and places him on Khan. She turns Khan around again to ride upstream]
[Cut to Chien-Po with Ling standing on him and Yao standing on top of Ling]
Chien-Po Do you see them?
Yao [extatically] Yes! [Yao shoots an arrow with a rope attached] Perfect! Now I'll pull them to safe--[Yao grasps at air as the rope completely passed through his hands]--ty.
[Cut to Mulan and Shang on Khan with Mushu and Cri-Kee riding up to her on his shield]
Mushu [speaking loudly, above the noise of the avalanche] Hey Mulan, I found the lucky cricket.
Mulan [speaking loudly]: We need help! [Yao's arrow lands near by Mulan and she picks it up and starts to tie the rope to Khan]
Mushu [Getting off the shield and carrying Cri-Kee with him]: Ooo, nice, very nice, you can sit by me. [Mushu sees that they're about to fall over the cliff. He and Cri-Kee look frightened] Ahhhhh! We're gonna die! We're gonna die! We are definitely gonna die! No way we survive this! Death is coming! [Mulan knocks the arrow and shoots it toward Yao]
Yao [crying] I let them slip through my fingers. [Mulan's arrow lands in Yao's hands. He grabs on and is pulled toward the cliff, the soldiers grab onto Yao and hold him steady near the cliff edge with the rope taught over the cliff]
Yao Pull
[Chien-Po prays as he calmly walks up to the group of soldiers. He lifts them all up and pulls backward hauling Mulan, Shang, Khan, Mushu and Cri-Kee to safety]
Mushu I knew we could to it. You da man. [Mulan looks pleased] Well sorta. [Mulan grimaces]
[The soldiers help them up to the cliff]
Ling Step back guys, give 'em some air.
Shang [catching his breath] Ping, you are the craziest man I've ever met. And for that I owe you my life. From now on, you have my trust. [Mulan smiles big]
Ling Let's hear it for Ping! The bravest of us all.
Yao [lifting his arm high] You're king of the mountain!
Chien-Po [jumping up and down] Yes, yes, yes!
Mulan [beginning to stand up] Ahhh, [she clutches her right side]
Shang Ping, what's wrong? [Mulan removes her hand slightly to show the blood on her hand and seeping through the armour] [loudly] He's wounded, get help! [Ping starts to pass out. The images of Shang, Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po begin to fade as she loses consciousness] Ping, hold on. Hold on.
[Cut to outside of the medic tent. Mulan and Medic are inside. Shang stands by the entrance. Yao, Ling and Chien-Po look quite concerned. Ling drums his fingers on his knees. The medic comes out from the tent and whispers to Shang. Shang looks astonished and goes into the tent. Mulan is lying down. She opens her eyes, sees Shang and smiles at the sight of him. She sits up allowing the blanket to fall to her waist revealing her form fitting bandages on her chest. She sees Shang's surprised look and realizes her feminine form is noticeable]
Mulan [gasping as she covers up] Huh, I can explain.
Chi Fu [stepping into the tent] Huh? So it's true.
Mulan [calling after Shang as he steps out of the tent] Shang!
[Cut to outside the tent. Chi Fu hauls out Mulan by the arm. Mulan uses her other hand to hold the blanket]
Chi Fu I knew there was something wrong with you. [Chi Fu takes off Mulan's hair tie and throws her to the ground] A woman.
[Ling, Yao and Chien-Po are shocked]
Chi Fu [to the troops] Trecherous snake.
Mulan [on the ground kneeling and hunched over, speaking to Shang] My name is Mulan. I did it to save my father.
Chi Fu [to the troops] High treason!
Mulan I didn't mean for it to go this far.
Chi Fu [getting in Mulan's face and speaking to her while she whinces] Ultimate dishonor.
Mulan It was the only way. Please believe me.
Chi Fu [to Shang] Hmph, Captain?
[Shang walks over to Khan and takes the sword out of the scabbard attached to Khan. Khan rears back]
Chi Fu [to the soldier by Khan] Restrain him.
[Shang walks toward Mulan with sword in hand]
Yao, Ling and Chien-Po [rushing toward Mulan] Noooooo!
Chi Fu [putting his hand to stop Ling, Yao, and Chien-Po from proceeding further] You know the law.
[Shang stands over Mulan. Mulan looks at Shang then bows her head in anticipation. Shang lifts the sword high above his head and throws it down in front of Mulan]
Shang A life for a life. My debt is repaid. [turns and walks towards the Imperial City] Move out!
Chi Fu [coming up to Shang's face] But you can't just...
Shang [getting in Chi Fu's face] I said, "Move out!"
[The troops walk off toward the Imperial City leaving Mulan behind with Khan, Cri-Kee, and Mushu. Mulan is sitting, shivering. Khan takes his blanket and wraps it around Mulan with his mouth and sits behind her. Cri-Kee lights a fire with twigs. When he doesn't get warm, he moves under the blanket wrapped around Mulan. Mushu walks toward Mulan carrying a stick]
Mushu I was this close, this close to impressing the ancestors, getting the top shelf, an entourage. Man, all my fine work, ffft. [Mushu picks up a dumpling with his stick, slumps down in front of the fire Cri-Kee made and begins to cook the dumpling over the fire] [glancing up] Hi.
Mulan [look of sadness] I should never have left home.
Mushu Eh, come on, you wanted to save your father's life. Who knew you'd end up shaming him, disgracing your ancestors, and losing all your friends. You know, you just gotta, you gotta learn to let these things go [looking as if he's about to cry].
Mulan Maybe I didn't go for my father. Maybe what I really wanted was to prove I could do things right. So when I looked in the mirror [picking up her helmet and looking at her reflection in the helmet] I'd see someone worthwhile. But I was wrong. I see nothing. [throws the helmet down and a tear runs down her cheek]
Mushu [picking up the helmet and spitting on it] Well that's because this just needs a little spit, that's all. Let me shine this up for ya [wiping the spit to clean the helmet and holding it up to Mulan]. I can see you, look at you, you look so pretty. [seeing Mulan is not cheered up by his actions, he shows sorrow on his face] The truth is we're both frauds. Your ancestors never sent me, they don't even like me. I mean, you risked your life to help people you love. I risked your life to help myself. At least you had good intentions [Mulan smiles].
Cri-Kee [jumping on top of the helmet beginning to bawl] Chirp, Chirp, Chirp. Bawl, Bawl.
Mushu What!? What do you mean you're not lucky? You lied to me? [Cri-Kee nods] [to Khan] And what are you? A sheep?
Mulan [sadly] I'll have to face my father sooner or later. Let's go home.
Mushu Yeah, this ain't gonna be pretty. But, don't you worry, okay? Things'll work out. We started this thing together and that's how we'll finish. [Mushu hugs Mulan. Mulan smiles] I promise.
[Cut to Shan-Yu's falcon flying over the avalanche site. Shan-Yu's hand pops out of the snow. He gets up and glances around]
Shan-Yu [screaming]: Rrrrrrraaaaaaaaahhh!
[Hun Archer, Long-Hair Hun Man, Hun Strong Guy, Hun Bald Man #1, and Hun Bald Man #2 each pop out of the snow and join Shan-Yu. They set off towards the Imperial City]
Mulan [seeing them from behind, gasps] Huh. [Mulan runs, grabs her sword, mounts Khan, and heads out following the Huns to the Imperial City]
Mushu Home is that way! [points to the opposite direction Mulan is heading]
Mulan I have to do something.
Mushu Did you see those Huns!? They popped out of the snow, like daisies!
Mulan Are we in this together or not?
Cri-Kee [emphatically] Chirp, Chirp.
Mushu Well, let's go kick some Huny buns! [Jumps onto Khan and utters fighting words as they ride off to the Imperial City] Wu Hu Ha Ga, Wu Hu Ha Ga

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