CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS FOR A SECOND? Because this is my favorite part in the whole movie. Mulan is back to wearing traditionally feminine clothing, and Shan Yu is mocking her “Looks like you’re out of ideas.”
BUT Mulan is all FUCK NO and disarms that asshole with a GODDAMN SYMBOL OF FEMININITY.
NOT TODAY SHAN YU. NOT TODAY.
And before you say that this is totally unrealistic there’s no way she could disarm a swordsman with a fan think again. Ladies from noble or royal lines in Asia sometimes carried metal ribbed fans specifically designed for defense while still conforming to the societal rules.