HOLLYWOOD IN ASIA
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