7:30 PM, 4th October, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians is, among many milestones, the first Hollywood romantic comedy ever to star Asian leads, and the first Hollywood film in twenty-six years to feature an all-Asian cast. Based on the bestselling novel by Singaporean-born American author Kevin Kwan, the film follows the story of Rachel Chu (Wu), an Asian-American whose Singaporean boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), takes her back to his home country to meet his family.
There, Rachel discovers that her beau’s family runs the island nation’s largest property development empire and that Nick is basically – in her words – “the Prince William of Singapore”. In short, the fam is rich, crazy rich. To make matters worse, Rachel also has to contend with Nick’s controlling and status-obsessed mother (Yeoh), who adamantly believes that Rachel isn’t good enough for her son.
Under the direction of Jon M. Chu, Crazy Rich Asians gives audiences a hilarious and heartfelt look at an Asian-American story free from the stereotyping and tokenism that has plagued Hollywood for generations. It is refreshing to see, and hopefully indicative of greater things to come for Asian representation in Western cinema.