Mulan live-action trailer spawns Liu Yifei makeup memes

She gallops on horseback through the fields, and wields a sword on the battlefield - yes, the trailer of the highly anticipated Mulan is here.

"It is my duty to fight," says actress Liu Yifei who plays the titular character in the live-action remake of the 1998 Disney animated film.

What's missing from the 90-second-long clip though, is Mulan's dragon sidekick Mushu.

Twitter users are divided over his absence, some of them wrote they're excited to see "a fresh take on the story" while others are saying the wisecracking character had left a deep impression on them when they were kids.

There's no sign of the characters breaking out into song like other recent Disney remakes such as Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast.

Mulan is also a hot topic on Weibo, but users' attention has been turned more towards the cast's looks.

The actress' makeup spawned an 'expectations versus reality' meme
PHOTO: Weibo

Yifei's heavily rouged cheeks spawned a hashtag 'LiuYifei's makeup' on the platform - and some questions regarding the aesthetics of the film.

It is surprisingly accurate, according to the poem's "dabs on yellow flower powder" description.

The look, however, has already spawned memes on Weibo, with people comparing the decorative flower on her forehead to Huawei's logo.

PHOTO: Weibo

Mulan tells the tale of a Chinese woman who defends her country from invasion by masquerading as a man and joining the imperial army on behalf of her ailing father.

The live-action film, which features a star-studded cast including Jet Li, Gong Li, and Donnie Yen, is slated to be screened in theatres in March 2020.

Well, without the singing, here's hoping Disney will keep the classic theme song, Reflection, in the film.

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