Kevin Kwan’s bestselling book “Crazy Rich Asians” has been adapted for the big screen and has already become a widely successful romantic comedy. Recently released in theatres, the movie broke early ticket sale records from its premiere and has dominated the box office since. The movie has already become the highest-grossing romantic comedy of this decade so far. Starring Costance Wu, alongside veteran Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, rising star Awkwafina and directed by filmmaker Jon M. Chu, the movie has also received a lot of attention as the first Hollywood studio film featuring primarily Asian-American leads since 1993. For anyone that has missed this noteworthy movie, “Crazy Rich Asians” will be available in the “Comedy Movies” section on uk.chili.com very soon and is already available for pre-order.
The movie follows the story of Rachel Chu, a New York University economics professor who travels with her boyfriend Nick Young to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. In Singapore Rachel is introduced to Nick’s family and soon discovers that Nick comes from an extremely wealthy family and is not only considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors, but is also heir to one of Asia’s largest fortunes. During their time in Singapore, Rachel is faced with Nick’s disapproving mother who will not allow her son to marry a commoner, weather she may be Asian-American or not. Due to her relationship with Nick, Rachel is thrown in the spotlight and challenged by jealous socialites all while trying to navigate Nick’s extremely lavish life.
As the first Hollywood movie to feature an all-Asian cast and an Asian-American lead in the last 25 years, “Crazy Rich Asians” has created a huge buzz since its release. While recalling earlier eras of great romantic comedies, the movie also touches upon the greater topic of the country’s economic development. The movie depicts Singapore as a glittering metropolis, where the fictional Young family was able to build an empire and become extremely rich as early real-estate investors who believed in Singapore’s wealth and rise. Through its plot and the socialite characters introduced, “Crazy Rich Asians” highlights how many parts of Asia have become extremely wealthy and how the region has become a constantly growing financial center. Singapore’s annual income has in fact economically positioned the country next to Denmark and while Singapore does not redistribute income as aggressively as Denmark, it maintains lower taxes and concentrated transfers to low-income individuals. All citizens in Singapore are in fact provided with access to high-quality health coverage and schooling.
A must see movie, “Crazy Rich Asians” not only features an incredibly strong and unique cast, but the movie introduces viewers to a very powerful Singapore. With it’s funny and charming characters and its romantic storyline, the movie features key concepts about a region which has presented one of the biggest economic success stories over the last decade. If you’ve missed the movie in cinemas, make sure to pre-order and watch it in the “Comedy Movies” section on uk.chili.com