While the original scene takes place on a Los Angeles highway, students at the Xiamen Foreign Language School, a secondary and senior high school in Xiamen, Fujian, China, bring the ensemble song to the classroom.
Co-directed by 2016 Xiamen graduates Jiang Ruiyang and Teng Yifei, the tracking shot effortlessly weaves between classrooms and eventually through the school’s courtyard, each student hitting his or her cue without mistakes. The students sing in English, some of the lyrics modified to suit their surroundings, participate in a variety of choreographed dances, and insert an assortment of other activities, like beatboxing, soccer, and playing traditional Chinese instruments.
Watch the magnificent video here:
After the song concludes, it’s revealed that the female student who started the performance had actually fallen asleep in class and that it was all a dream. But once she plugs in her earphones and the film’s soundtrack begins to play, a smile inches across her face, and the credits roll right as she begins to stand up.
While the eight-minute video has yet to hook viewers outside of China, the mini-musical garnered over 7.5 million views on the nation’s social media platform Weibo shortly after its release.
Check out the original scene below: