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Chi Fu

SIDE 1


(MULAN smiles. She hugs FA ZHOU. The ENSEMBLE provides the sound of distant drums. CHI FU enters, followed by two CHINESE SOLDIERS and the VILLAGE MEN. CHI FU reads from a parchment.)

CHI FU
Citizens, I bring a proclamation from the Imperial City! The Huns have invaded China! By order of the Emperor, one man from every family must serve in the Imperial Army.

MULAN
But, Father!

FA ZHOU
Hush, Mulan.

CHI FU
The Xiao family!

(YOUNG XIAO steps forward. He accepts his papers and bows to CHI FU.)

YOUNG XIAO
It is my honor and duty to serve China.

CHI FU
The Yi family!

(OLDER YI steps forward to accept the orders, but before he can take them, YOUNG YI takes the orders from CHI FU. He bows to his father.)

YOUNG YI
I will serve the Emperor in my father's place.

CHI FU
The Fa family!

(FA ZHOU moves to accept his orders. MULAN runs and stands between her father and CHI FU.)

MULAN
No! Father, you can't go!

(turns to CHI FU)
Please, sir, my father has already fought bravely. He still suffers from a battle injury. His leg-

CHI FU
Silence!

(to FA ZHOU)
You would do well to teach your daughter to hold her tongue in a man's presence.

FA ZHOU
Mulan, you dishonor me.

(FA ZHOU accepts his orders from CHI FU then collapses in pain.)

MULAN
Father!

(MULAN tries to help him, but FA LI holds her back.)

FA ZHOU
Leave me alone, child! I'm fine.

(FA ZHOU struggles but rises on his own.)

CHI FU
Report tomorrow at dawn to the Wu Zhong Camp!

(The ENSEMBLE provides drums as CHI FU, the CHINESE SOLDIERS and the VILLAGE MEN exit.)

SIDE 2

(SOLDIERS cart SHAN-YU away. CHI FU enters and points to MULAN.)

CHI FU
Stand aside - that creature nearly got us all killed!

SHANG
(SHANG steps forward.)

She's a hero.

(The EMPEROR enters unnoticed.)

CHI FU
She's a woman. She'll never be worth anything.

(CHI FU grabs MULAN.)

SHANG
Leave her alone!

EMPEROR
That is quite enough.

(ALL stop and bow to the EMPEROR. They rise as the EMPEROR approaches MULAN.)

I've heard a great deal about you, Fa Mulan. You stole your father's armor, ran away from home, impersonated a soldier, deceived your commanding officer, dishonored the Chinese army, destroyed my palace, and - you saved us all.

(The EMPEROR nods his head respectfully to MULAN and everyone bows. CHI-FU dramatically throws himself at her feet.)

MUSHU
Our little baby is all grown up and saving China.

(sniffles)
I think I'm going to need a tissue.

EMPEROR
Chi Fu!

CHI FU
(rises)
Your Excellency.

EMPEROR
See to it that this woman is made a member of my council.

CHI FU
A member? Uh, I'd love to do that - I really would - I mean, it's an excellent idea - but there are no council positions open, your Majesty.

EMPEROR
Very well.

(to MULAN)
You can have his job.
CHI FU
Wha- ?!? My- ?!? A woman on the- ?!?

(CHI FU faints.)

MULAN
With all due respect, Your Excellency, I think I've been away from home long enough.

(The EMPEROR removes the pendant from around his neck.)

EMPEROR
Then... take this. So your family will know what you have done for me.

(MULAN accepts.)

And this...

(hands MULAN Shan-Yu's sword)

So the world will know what you have done for China.

(MULAN holds it for a moment, then throws her arms around the EMPEROR.)

LING
Is she allowed to do that?

(QIAN-PO shrugs.)

MULAN
Goodbye, guys.

(MULAN hugs LING and YAO. QIAN-PO joins them in a group hug.)

YAO
Goodbye... Pi- Mulan.

SHANG
(to MULAN)
Um... you...

(awkwardly shakes MULAN's hand)

...fight good.
 
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