Although Liu Yifei (刘亦菲) is the main star in Disney’s live-action “Mulan”, another woman named Liu Yaxi (刘亚西) has been generating significant buzz on the internet.

Not much is known about Liu Yaxi, other then the fact that she was a stunt double for Liu Yifei. Pictures of her in the red Mulan costume have since gone viral after making its way on social media.

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The 33-year-old actress-singer was previously criticised for relying on 4 different body doubles throughout the filming process. 3 were stand-ins for lighting and camera tests, while the stuntwoman was Liu Yaxi herself. The stand-ins wouldn’t necessarily appear on set simultaneously and would only show up at a certain time and location.

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The professional martial artist also defended Liu Yifei, saying the actress performed all of the acting scenes herself. “Martial stunts are dangerous, and will inevitably require the use of a stunt double. If an actor does everything by themselves, it would be too dangerous. Our occupation requires our skills to be used somewhere anyway,” she explained.

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Yaxi added, “I feel that (Liu Yifei’s) professionalism and serious attitude to her work is something that everyone has seen. I don’t know about others, but I’ve learnt (from her) during the filming of ‘Mulan’.”

In speaking with Insider, cinematographer Mandy Walker also echoed the same sentiment, revealing that Yifei executed 90% of her own stunts and battle sequences. “We always had a stunt person there, but she trained as well and we would try it with her and, nine times out of 10, she did it,” Mandy told the publication.

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Having said that, many fans had been gushing over Liu Yaxi:

  • She’s off-the-charts attractive.”
  • As expected, the stunt double for our fairy-like (Yifei) looks like a fairy as well.”
  • With her looks, it’s really a pity if she doesn’t enter showbiz.”
  • She should take up acting to become a female version of Jackie Chan.”
  • She is the Mulan that we didn’t think we deserve.”
  • She has a complete package.”

Judging from the behind-the-scenes pictures she uploaded, it appears that Liu Yaxi was also a stunt double for Gong Li, who played the witch Xianniang.

Watch her in action here:

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You can also stalk the Chinese beauty on Weibo and Instagram.

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