Here at Music Press Asia, we’re aiming for a one-time recommendation that would last many years to come. Why? Just because it is still an incredible teaser from 2004; a wholesome Chinese satire movie that we’d watch after a happy family meal. After the guests have had their fill of the Chinese New Year family dinner, the next part of the evening ensues; that we all retire to our family room to watch our favorite movie. So, here is Music Press Asia’s choice movie to watch this Chinese New Year.
Around the World in 80 Days is a 2004 American action-adventure comedy film based on Jules Verne’s 1873 novel of the same name and remake of the movie of the same name of 1956. It stars Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Jim Broadbent and Cécile de France.
The film is set in the nineteenth century and centers on Phileas Fogg, played by Coogan, here reimagined as an eccentric inventor, and his efforts to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. During the trip, he is accompanied by his Chinese valet, Passepartout (Chan). For comedic reasons, the film intentionally deviated wildly from the novel and included a number of anachronistic elements.
The music soundtrack in the film fits comically well for January listening. Partly, also to welcome the year 2022 with wholesome, genuine possibility, fun times and expansion.
Music by Trevor Jones and David A Stewart. Sound by Nick Adams. The film worked with Orchestrator Geoff Alexander and also recorded music with the London Symphony Orchestra. Its gratitude goes also to Wim Wenders.
To view full credits, visit IMDB here.
“It’s Slinky!” – Written by Homer Fesperman and Charles Weasley
“The Mystery Continues” – Composed by Suma Ograda
“Everybody, All over the World (Join the Celebration)” – Performed by David A. Stewart and Sylvia Young Stage School
“River of Dreams” (Instrumental) – Written by David A. Stewart and Aidan Love
“It’s a Small World” – Written by the Sherman Brothers, and performed by Baha Men
FILM PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION
Around the World in 80 Days premiered at Los Angeles, California on June 13, 2004, and was released in theaters on June 16, 2004, by Walt Disney Pictures. It was also released on DVD and VHS on November 2, 2004, by Walt Disney Home Entertainment.
The film is distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution (U.S) and Summit Entertainment (Global). Frank Coraci directed the film in a partnership with American producer Hal Lieberman.
MULAN, a 2020 American fantasy action drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The story is based on the Chinese folklore story Ballad of Mulan. The film held its world premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on March 9, 2020. The film was originally scheduled for a wide theatrical release later that month but was cancelled in the United States after being delayed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON, a 2021 American computer-animated fantasy adventure film based on traditional Southeast Asian cultures. It was written by Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim, and it stars Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, and Sandra Oh.
Jackie Chan’s hardback autobiography translated into English by Jeremy Tiang has now reached our shores. Titled “Never Grow Up” and written with Zhu Mo. The book tells of Chan’s life story from his childhood years at the China Drama Academy, his big breaks in Hong Kong and Hollywood and honorary Academy Award for his lifetime achievement in film and his life as a husband and father. The book was released in English in December 2018.