'Crazy Rich Asians' is insane good

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 19, 2018

Once she's back on the ship, Jack Sparrow rips off her corset with a knife so she can cough out water and breathe again. "If I didn't get a part, I never thought it was because I was Asian. You don't even know it's possible", she said.

Naruse is now a professor of English at Tulane University.

Added A.O. Scott of The New York Times: "Mostly, the movie is committed to the value of a good time". His debut novel, "State of Emergency", won the Singapore Literature Prize for an English-language fiction novel last week. You might look up flights to Singapore as you walk out of the movie, like I did. "We're not just a token for diversity (in this film)".

"Crazy Rich Asians" follows Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a Chinese American professor in NY, who goes to Singapore for the first time with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young (Henry Golding), not realizing that he is one of the most famous and eligible bachelors in Singapore whose family has an unfathomable fortune. When they fly to Singapore for his best friend's wedding, Rachel is thrown into his family's world of opulence, and judgment. Crazy Rich Asians is populated with a massive ensemble of comic characters, gorgeous gold-diggers, and hot-bodied heartthrobs.

"Which is not to say that it's not relevant to Asian America", says Naruse, who teaches Kwan's novels to her students and is now working on a book about Singaporean literature, contemporary capitalism and post-colonial independence. "What it taught me is that if you do one and you do it really well, they will make more".

There's been so much attention lately on the Asian American stars of #CrazyRichAsians so I just want to give a big shout out to some of the awesome Singapore stars in our film - Constance Lau (who plays Celine Lim), Pierre Png (Michael Teo), Koh Chieng Mun (Neena Goh), Selena Tan (Alix Cheng), Fiona Xie (Kitty Pong), Janice Koh (Felicity Leong), and Amy Cheng (Jacqueline Ling), who had a grand reunion today in Singapore with our wonderful producer Jon Penotti. At the end of the day, Eleanor and Kerry, even though it may seem like they're on opposite sides, they actually share one very important quality.

It's not that there aren't any Singaporean actors in the film.

Constance Wu as Rachel in Warner Bros. Wu is a thoroughly appealing and sympathetic lead, and Golding is solid if a little underdeveloped as Nick. Also, numerous main actors are not Asian American, but Asian Australian or British Asian.

That "Crazy Rich Asians" is a rom-com where the mothers are its most vital co-stars is one of the movie's best attributes.

"I had the honor of being featured alongside some of the most incredible and stylish Asian icons".

"We promote Asian storytelling". "That's what I did in Hollywood, too", she explained. "So any type of representation on the world stage becomes fraught because it happens so rarely". Santos is optimistic "Crazy Rich Asians" will further illustrate that fact.

"We're comfortable", he says, a phrasing Rachel immediately recognizes as "exactly what a super-rich person would say". "Which is not untrue, but I think that leaves out a lot".

If Hollywood listens, "Crazy Rich Asians" absolutely has the potential to bolster a change for Asian actors, filmmakers, and stories.

"You have to understand that Chinese people make up [approximately] 70 percent of the population in Singapore", says Nansi, pointing to the Malays, Indians, and Eurasians who also reside there. "We'd love to have other people tell their stories as well". Ouch, but in my experience, this has proven to be true - what a succinct phrase to describe the struggle that Asian Americans feel when they visit where they/their families came from.

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