Japanese Students Dance to Will Smith’s “Friend Like Me” from Disney’s Live-Action “Aladdin”

The music of Disney’s Aladdin is infectious and once you hear it, it will stick with you forever, regardless of where your from or what language you speak. That is evident more than ever in a video featuring Japanese students from two different high schools dancing and performing to an adaptation of Will Smith’s rendition of “Friend Like Me” from the recent live-action remake of the classic animated film.


The students in the video are from Tomioka High School Dance Club in Osaka and Kyoto Meito High School Marching Band Club, according to Nerdist. The two groups show off some impressive dance moves and choreography to one of the most upbeat and energetic Disney songs out there.

This isn’t the first time the students of Tomioka High School Dance Club have put their talents on display though. The group received international attention with their 80s-themed dance video from 2017, which now has more than 80 million views on YouTube.

The new live-action remake of Aladdin was released back in May and was a huge hit in Japan. As of June 30, the film has earned nearly $67 million in Japan, making up more than 10% of its total foreign earnings. The only country in which Aladdin has earned more is the U.S.

You can hear Will Smith’s “Friend Like Me” and all the other classic music of Aladdin by seeing the live-action remake of the film in theaters now.

Mike Mack
Mack is the Editorial Director for Marvel and ESPN content and he has covered comic cons, theme park events, video game showcases and other fun events. He is a fan of theme parks, sports, movies, Marvel Comics and is a self-proclaimed "nerd."