Netflix is set to release the new computer-animated fantasy film, Wish Dragon, on Friday, June 11.
The film, produced by Sony Pictures Animation in association with several other studios, is a modern retelling of the classic genie-in-a-bottle story that had been popularized by the Disney 1992 film Aladdin.
This time, the story takes place in contemporary China and follows Din (Mulan’s Jimmy Wong), a working-class college student who wishes to be reunited with his childhood friend Lina (The Society’s Natasha Liu Bordizzo). Through an old teapot, Din inadvertently summons an all-powerful, wish-making dragon named Long (Over the Moon’s John Cho) and enlists his help in reconnecting with his long-lost friend.
The first trailer of the film was released by Netflix on May 12 and showcases clips of Din and Long’s adventure in the city of Shanghai as they discover “the greatest wish of all.”
The rest of the film’s cast is dominated by Asian-American actors like Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians), Will Yun Lee (ABC’s The Good Doctor), Jimmy O. Yang (HBO’s Silicon Valley), and Aaron Yoo (The Tomorrow People).
Actor and martial artist Jackie Chan will voice Long in the Mandarin version. He also served as one of the producers.
The film is the directorial debut of artist and illustrator Chris Appelhans, who also worked in animated films such as The Princess and the Frog and Coraline.
Wish Dragon was released in China on January 15 and grossed $7.15 million in the box office during its debut weekend. – with reports from John Patrick Magno Ranara/Rappler.com
John Patrick Mango Ranara is a Rappler intern.