Those who watched Mulan and praised the use of
a female driven narrative may be surprised to know that this was merely a
return to a popular trope from the martial arts genre. The story of Hua Mulan
has a long history of cinematic adaptations, but that was not the only story with
a female heroine at the center, nor was it the only one with a protagonist
hiding her gender from other characters. Following Mulan Joins the Army (1939)
and the emerging popularity of the wuxia sub-genre pioneered in Shanghai, Hong
Kong and the Shaw Brothers contributed with Come Drink with Me.