Regarding Yen's performance in Mulan, director Niki Caro stated that his prowess with a sword left her gobsmacked. She described that "One of my favourite moments on set was the first time I experienced Donnie Yen's martial arts skills in real life. As Commander Tung, he does a sword display in front of all the recruits and my jaw hit the floor."
- Lim, Bryan (March 4, 2020). "Donnie Yen's martial arts skills made my jaw drop, says Mulan director". Asiaone. Retrieved on March 6, 2020.