Running Time: 25 Minutes
DVD [Home Use Only]
This DVD contains 2 animated Chinese folktales.
The Ballad of Mulan
Retold & Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang
Houghton Mifflin Reading Program, Grade 3 feature story
Mulan, unwilling to see her aged and frail father fighting in a war, disguises herself as a man and joins the army in his place. For the next ten years she shows remarkable skill as a warrior and becomes a famous general. Her true identity remains hidden from her comrades until the very end. Today, Mulan continues too be an inspiration to girls and women. She embodies the belief that, given the opportunity, women are capable of accomplishing the same feats as men.
The dialog is in Mandarin and English. The subtitles are in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Hanyu Pinyin. Bonus features include the recitation of the full ballad in Mandarin, and historical notes on The Ballad of Mulan. Region code ALL.
Lady White Snake: A Tale from Chinese Opera
Retold by Aaron Shepard
Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang
What fate awaits a thousand-year-old white snake that travels from its sacred mountain to human world, only to fall in love with a mortal? Such is the unusual beginning of this tragic love story, one of the most popular in all of Chinese opera. Lady White's selfless devotion to her earthly husband is considered by the temple priest an abomination. In a spectacular struggle to stay with her husband, our heroine prevails in the end. However, time is sadly not on her side.
Dialog in Mandarin and English. Subtitles in English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese & Hanyu Pinyin. Region code ALL.