4 Reasons You Should See Crazy Rich Asians

12 Sep 2018
Meet Rachel Chu: unassuming, down-to-earth, and happily in love with her boyfriend Nick. She’s a little nervous about jetting over to Singapore to meet his family for the first time, but really, what’s the worst that  could happen? 
Well it turns out that Nick failed to mention his family is rich. Like, crazy rich. And Nick just happens to be Singapore’s most eligible bachelor. But if that all comes as a bit of a shock, it’s nothing compared to the nasty surprise Nick’s mother is in for, when she sees the lowly Rachel on her son’s arm.

Crazy Rich Asians is the game-changing romcom  taking the world by storm, and you don’t want to miss it. Allow us to breakdown what all the fuss is about...

An Incredible Cast

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Crazy Rich Asians is studded with stars both old and new – from the legendary Michelle Yeoh to Henry Golding, the BBC travel presenter making his acting debut as the film’s leading man. Also appearing are rapper-cum-actress Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8), and the hilarious Ken Jeong (The Hangover Trilogy), as well as Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu – we could go on.

But of course, everything hinges on Constance Wu, who recently lent her voice to The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, who plays our humble heroine. 
“Constance was always our Rachel,” says producer John Penotti. “We didn’t look at anyone else. When she expressed interest, we said, ‘Now we have a movie.’”  

Constance admits that she was drawn to the role of Rachel because the character “doesn't need saving,” adding that “she writes her identity and loses herself a little bit, but then comes back and her identity is even stronger.”

Singapore is an Amazing Setting

Taking centre stage in Crazy Rich Asians is Singapore, the holiday destination of dreams. In fact, you shouldn’t be surprised if you get an urge to book flights out as soon as you leave the cinema!

“The texture of our movie, its escapism, comes from the fact that we really shot in these places,” says director John Chu. “Everywhere we pointed the camera we found something special.”

Movie-goers will be treated to a whistle-stop tour of Singapore’s stunning sights, including Esplanade Park and the Marina Bay Sands, as well as a series of stunning locations in neighbouring Malaysia. 

It’s Crazy Funny

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Nick’s mother Eleanor may take wealth and tradition  very seriously, but fans of Kevin Kwan’s novel will know that the wild world of Crazy Rich Asians is, first and foremost, crazy funny. 
Not only is Rachel about to learn that money speaks a different language, but she’s also about to find out that the clash in culture will result in some hilarious misunderstandings. Add Ken Jeong and Awkwafina’s characters into the mix and you’d got some brilliant light relief.

It’s a Pretty Big Deal

Crazy Rich Asians has the first all-Asian Hollywood ensemble in 25 years, which is one of the main reasons it’s being so celebrated.

For Awkwafina, she wanted to be involved from the very beginning. “First time I saw Crazy Rich Asians it was a book in JFK airport. I looked at the cover and it wasn't historic or about fleeing a village, it was a modern story romance that centered around an American-Asian woman. When I found out it was being made into a movie, I was literally like ‘call my agent, this is amazing!’”

The same goes for Ken Jeong, who read the book with his wife, and knew it was something he had to support. “When I found out it was going to be a movie I just wanted to support it. Crazy Rich Asians is the most significant cultural milestone I've ever been involved in... we're bonded forever by this.”

Even though the experience of making the film together was such a special one, the cast didn’t realise quite how much the film would impact people. Henry Golding adds, “we all knew it was something special and we hoped for the best, but the outcome is beyond anything we expected.”

We’ve given you plenty to think about, so find out for yourself and discover Crazy Rich Asians in cinemas from September 14.

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