Crazy Rich Asians 

6/8 · Por HBO · Reading 3 min.

A defining step forward for Asian inclusivity in Hollywood

In the last recent years, Hollywood has taken concrete steps towards the inclusion of minorities on and off the screen. Not only are we seeing more people of color (male and female) take leadership roles in the film and television industry, but we are also experiencing a defining moment in how Hollywood portrays these communities. While work remains to be done to finally eliminate the established tropes and stereotypes of minorities, Hollywood has certainly taken a positive step forward with the making and release of the very popular and critically acclaimed film, Crazy Rich Asians.

As part of this summer’s line up, Crazy Rich Asians brings the loyal HBO viewer to a hilarious romantic comedy that tells the story about how a Chinese-American woman travels to Singapore to meet her fiance’s family; only to discover they are among the wealthiest in the country. Released in 2018, the film garnered critical praise for acting, script, direction, and the aforementioned inclusive cast; the first time for Asians in almost thirty years.

Directed by Jon M. Chu, and starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding, the film took in over $260 million at the box office making it the highest-earning romantic comedy of the 2010s - a highly successful profit for their production team as the film gathered a modest budget of only $30 million. The California born director has directed hits in the Step Up franchise and is currently slated to direct the film adaptation of the Broadway hit In The Heights which was conceived by Broadway star Lin Manuel Miranda and its due out in theaters in 2020.  The story behind Crazy Rich Asians begins through the work of Kevin Kwan, who wrote the 2013 novel with the same name as the film and which it also became a best seller.  

Constance Wu portrays Rachel Chu in the film who is one of the protagonists of the story alongside Nick Young, played by Henry Golding. Both actors are no strangers to Hollywood,  Wu as her work spans television and film. The American actress was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2017. For playing the role of Rachel Chu, Wu was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes. Henry Golding, the Malaysian born actor, was a host for the BBC and was seen in the suspense A Simple Favor.

The director Jon M. Chu beautifully navigates this picturesque and incredibly lively film trough the different dimensions of the opposing cultures. It’s an effortless combination of exploring the idiosyncrasies of both meetings your significant other’s family (especially parents) while weaving through the cultural fabric that attracts the two young lovers. It is related to not just separate countries but food, language, lexicon, cultural identity and most importantly, how each family views the union of marriage through its own cultural lens. But for a pedestrian viewer who isn’t necessarily interested nor focused on analyzing these layers within the film, the film is presented as a hilarious romantic comedy. The performances are fantastic, the work is outstanding and the locations were incredible - set in beautiful and utopian Singapore; one of the most culturally vibrant places in the world.

The film not only was a box office hit and a critical success but it opened the doors to so many future productions in which Asians can find and lead their own path in the film industry. We live in a more inclusive and fast-changing world and it’s important that Hollywood reflects those changes in cinema. Crazy Rich Asians is a major hit on all cylinders and it is an incredible achievement for Asians and Asian Americans in their representation in the entertainment industry.

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