Recapping Quandary… Hua Mulan Dramas

巾帼大英雄  vs.  4bed2e738bd4b31ccad21e3c86d6277f9f2f07082938c077

(Heroine Generals)                                                      (Story of Mu Lan)

So I’ve been patiently waiting for Heroine General (Jin Guo Da Jiang Jun) since about January. Mu Lan is perhaps one of my favorite Chinese poems, and my grandma made me memorize when I was five, I can still repeat it word for word to this day.This makes any drama featuring Mu Lan a must watch for me.

That being said, Legend of Hua Mulan has beat Heroine Generals to the punch in getting on the market first. I’ve watched the trailers for both and I like Heroine Generals better. Legend of Hua Mu Lan stars Dylan Kuo and Heroine General has Yuan Hong…so it’s a tie on the hotness of the male lead issue. But I don’t know when Heroine Generals will start so that makes this decision even more difficult. Should I wait to watch both and then recap one or should I just say screw it and recap both until I find one I like better?

I leave it up to you. Let’s do a poll.


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13 thoughts on “Recapping Quandary… Hua Mulan Dramas

  1. heisui July 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm Reply

    Instead of those options on the poll, I would say that you should just recap whichever Mulan drama you like the best! Maybe later on you could do a comparison post after both of them start airing, but you could focus on recapping whichever one you like better.

    Hmmm if I had to choose between Dylan Kuo and Yuan Hong, I would choose Yuan Hong for sure. I think Yuan Hong also is better at acting than Dylan. Just my personal preference. *W*

    • dramatictealeaves July 21, 2013 at 7:12 pm Reply

      Thanks for the advice! Yuan Hong has more experience with Period Dramas, Dylan needs more work, though his last drama did impress me. I might have to watch both for a comparison that might be a lot better. Since I haven’t started either one it seems like I’m jumping the gun a little.

      That being said, Mu Lan is one of my favorite stories when growing up, next Madame White Snake so I can’t wait for both versions to air!!

  2. kat. July 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm Reply

    Yeah I agree with heisui there, recapping is a lot of work so you should recap the one (or both, or none lol) you like! After watching the first 2 eps of the Dylan version I feel like this is the Dylan I remember from years ago, aka stiff acting but still early days I guess.

    • dramatictealeaves July 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm Reply

      I haven’t watched the episodes yet but when I saw the teaser, there were things that I already had a few problems with (stitching contest). I’ve been recaping Lu Zhen and it’s one of those projects that has taught me the wisdom of choosing wisely and hunkering down with it. But I’m definitely going to take your advice in consideration. Dylan hits and misses with his projects, so it’ll definitely be interesting to see how he does in this role. Thanks!

  3. serenite78 July 22, 2013 at 10:13 am Reply

    I would say: watch some of the episodes first and then decide if it is good enough to keep you invested in recapping even if you find some characters more stupid than the bunch from Lu Zhen’s story. I would also try to overlook (gasp!) the hotness of the male lead, whichever one could choose (but I am definately for Yuan Hong if anyone wold ask me…) and stick with the story first. if it is compelling and keeping you invested – I would go for it. you could always do weecaps instead of the full recaps, concentrating on the main points of the dramas rather than telling the whole story. just saying 😉

    btw, weecap is a term used by dramabeans recappers, when they are doing a very short summary of what’s going on in the episode, so by no means I would like to monopolize the invention of it 😉

    I am off to check both dramas You are mentioning… you know…. just in case I might find the 25th hour in a day to watch it…. 😉

  4. SZ July 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm Reply

    I would highly recommend the Heroine Generals version having watched it, it takes a different spin on the original with the added palace intrigue … I’ve been trying to get a friend to watch it but she can’t understand mandarin so screencaps would be appreciated!! However, I am biased towards Heroine Generals compared to the Story of Hua Mulan having not seen Story of Hua Mulan, but I will say that what drew me in originally was the Heroine Generals trailer and the Story of Hua Mulan trailer looks a bit weak and poor quality in comparison to Heroine Generals. Just my two cents…

    • dramatictealeaves July 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm Reply

      Well I would love to watch it but I’m having a hard time finding the raw files… I also haven’t looked that hard, but yeah, if you know a place I can find them, I’ll try it!

  5. qiuyue September 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm Reply

    only continue the recapping of Lan ling wang!!
    i’m waiting for yours!!

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