The Buzz

Asia’s most pow­er­ful are all talk­ing about the film adap­ta­tion of Crazy Rich Asians—and whether they in­spired any of the char­ac­ters

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Get into Crazy Rich Asians, which will bring Asia’s elites scenes to the fore

ive years af­ter read­ers fell in love with heart-throb heir Nick Young, cou­ture-clad fash­ion­ista Astrid Leong and a host of other char­ac­ters in Kevin Kwan’s first novel, Crazy Rich Asians, Warner Bros is bring­ing the ro­man­tic com­edy to the big screen. With its ir­re­sistible mix of star-crossed lovers, fam­ily dra­mas and de­pic­tions of os­ten­ta­tious wealth (think spas on pri­vate jets and plas­tic sur­geons for pet fish), it’s no sur­prise that fans can’t wait to see the story brought to life on film.

Kwan has pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted that he combed the pages of Asia’s Tatler ti­tles for in­spi­ra­tion when writ­ing the novel, so reg­u­lar read­ers may find some char­ac­ters rem­i­nis­cent of the high-so­ci­ety per­son­al­i­ties pro­filed in th­ese pages—or pos­si­bly even them­selves. Who was the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind dom­i­neer­ing ma­tri­arch Eleanor Young (played in the film by Michelle Yeoh)? Did a real-life celebrity pro­vide the idea for the char­ac­ter of Kitty Pong, a gold­dig­ging so­cial climber who man­ages to leave be­hind her lack­lus­tre ca­reer as a soap-opera star and marry into one of Asia’s wealth­i­est families? Our lips are sealed, but a quick look through our pages may re­veal some answers. De­spite its fo­cus on glitz and glam­our, the film has al­ready in­spired sev­eral weighty think pieces by leading news or­gan­i­sa­tions be­cause it’s the first Hol­ly­wood film in more than a decade to feature an all-asian cast (the most re­cent, Me­moirs of a Geisha, came out in 2005). A fun-filled rom­com that’s also a step for­ward for di­ver­sity in the film in­dus­try? That’s a win.

Crazy Rich Asians opens in cin­e­mas across Asia this month.

liv­ing the high life Michelle Yeoh, Henry Gold­ing and Con­stance Wu star in the film

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