By Desiree Leong, Managing Editor
Crazy Rich Asians, directed by Jon M. Chu, and based off the book by Kevin Kwan, has become exceedingly popular, making $25.2 million in the box office during its first weekend. The film stars an all-Asian cast, a first since director Wayne Wang’s The Joy Luck Club from 25 years ago, giving insight into what it means to be Asian and traditional Chinese culture as well as making it a strong source of Asian pride.
The movie was created in such a way that let it fully embrace Asian culture. With some exceptions, the movie’s soundtrack had been entirely sung in Mandarin. Additionally, it was filmed in Malaysia and Singapore, allowing for a stronger showcase of Asian culture, and furthering local views and flavors of Asian culture.
The love story between Nick Young and Rachel Chu was at the center of the film, but it still allowed other subplots to develop. Everything was tied together in some way to create a meaningful balance of family, love, and tradition.
Though some may claim the movie is cliche, there is still beauty in it. It connects old traditions with new modern outlooks. Chu takes a tried and true love story and gives it a unique way of storytelling.
Each of the characters are special, boasting their own personalities. From fashionable Astrid, entitled Eddie, playboy Bernard, and loyal Colin, all of them add to the appeal of the film.
Furthermore, the majority of the film’s cast being non-American, ranging from British to Australian, it not only holds a strong pride for Asians, but also includes a unique international cast.
The film has shown me how much I am not aware of when it comes to my Asian history. Being an Asian-American, I was able to relate to Rachel Chu. Like the main character, I was born in the United States, making it more difficult for me to understand some of the traditions of Asian culture. I discovered more about my own Asian identity and the pride I feel in being Chinese.
Whether or not you’ve read the book, Crazy Rich Asians is a movie anyone can enjoy