HOL­LY­WOOD IN ASIA

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Di­rec­tor Jon M. Chu’s highly an­tic­i­pated Hol­ly­wood rom-com Crazy Rich Asians comes to the­atres across South­east Asia this month. The film adap­ta­tion of Kevin Kwan’s best­selling 2013 novel of the same name made in­ter­na­tional head­lines with the an­nounce­ment of its all-Asian cast, a first for a ma­jor Hol­ly­wood pic­ture in 25 years.

The movie, made en­tirely in Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore, stars Con­stance Wu of US sit­com Fresh off the

as a Chi­nese-Amer­i­can who must manou­vre the in­tri­cate so­cial mores of her boyfriend Henry Gold­ing’s elite Sin­ga­porean fam­ily while dodg­ing at­tacks from his many fe­male ad­mir­ers. To en­sure the film didn’t stray far from the hit book, Kwan was brought on from the be­gin­ning as a con­sul­tant. Many have hailed the cast­ing of the film’s large en­sem­ble of in­ter­na­tional stars as a step for­ward in the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of South­east Asian and East Asian char­ac­ters on US screens. “It’s long over­due,” Kwan told Time. “It’s just so over­whelm­ing when­ever I see it. It’s like see­ing my fam­ily up on screen.”

WHERE AND WHEN?

MALAYSIA, PHILIP­PINES, SIN­GA­PORE, 22 AU­GUST; THAI­LAND, 23 AU­GUST; VIETNAM, CAM­BO­DIA, 24 AU­GUST

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