Michelle Yeoh hopes Crazy Rich Asians isn’t a one-hit wonder
Things are changing fast in Hollywood for Asian actors, and it’s about time, says Michelle Yeoh. The Malaysian-born actress, who made her name as a Hong Kong action heroine in the mid-1980s, stepped back into the international spotlight with her performance in Crazy Rich Asians, the hit romantic movie she credits for Asian performers’ increased opportunities in American film and television. “It’s been a long time coming, so let’s not make it a one-hit wonder,” Yeoh says in New York ahead of the release of her latest film, Last Christmas, a light romance inspired by the Wham! hit of the same name. “There have been changes in Hollywood, and you can definitely see more Asian faces on the screen
Gemma Chan wants to tell stories for Asians everywhere
Since Crazy Rich Asians hit theaters last August, life hasn’t been the same for Gemma Chan. After making a mark on-screen as the rich, elegant Astrid Leong-Teo, she has graced international magazine covers and starred in films Mary Queen of Scots and Captain Marvel. The world is now her oyster, but what she really wants is to help to tell stories about Asian people living everywhere. “What’s really good for me is to find stories that aren’t just pigeonholing Asians in Asia,” she said. “I think Crazy Rich Asians is a wonderful example of an Asian story but it’s also about the diaspora and what it’s like for Asian people living everywhere.” “And, some of the similarities and differences betwe
College scandal a cautionary tale for crazy rich Chinese
“Those more outstanding than you also work harder.” This is a trendy aspirational phrase in China in the digital era, meant to remind people who do not come from well-to-do families that the only way they can catch up is by working hard. Had the Stanford University admissions scandal involving, among others, sophomore Zhao “Molly” Yusi not made headlines, she would still be looked up to as living testimony of how diligence alone pays off in the end. But last week, the fairy tale unraveled. It turned out that Zhao’s “hard work” combined with $6.5 million that her parents paid to college consultant William “Rick” Singer, the largest such payment that has come to light, probably got her into St
Crazy Rich Asians is a banana movie, say Chinese moviegoers
What’s the biggest problem with hit romcom Crazy Rich Asians, according to Chinese moviegoers? It’s a “banana” – yellow on the outside, white on the inside. That’s a term often used to describe “Westernized” people of Asian descent, particularly Asian-Americans. Take it from film review site Douban user Zhuge Ruojian: “It’s a banana version of Cinderella,” he wrote. “There are lots of jokes typical of blockbusters. But it isn’t really Asian but pandering to the European and American audience.” Perhaps that’s true. Crazy Rich Asians, the first Hollywood movie with an all-Asian cast in 25 years, was a summer blockbuster that grossed more than $170 million in the US alone. But the movie based o
Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding on not being Asian enough
When Crazy Rich Asians premiered and became a worldwide smash hit, it wasn't just a moment for the Asian community to bask in the spotlight. It was also the moment that the little-known male lead of the film, Henry Golding, became a star. The only acting experience Golding had before his casting was a role in a Subway commercial, in which he and his real-life wife Liv Lo picked out each other’s dream footlong sandwiches. Meanwhile, his co-stars Michelle Yeoh and Constance Wu had been acting for decades. But by the night of the premiere, he was not a complete unknown anymore. The casting net for the character of Nick Young, the Singaporean, Oxford University-educated, stupendously wealthy hun
Crazy rich Chinese and where to find them
After months of delays, Crazy Rich Asians has managed to secure a release date in China: November 30. If audiences like it, the movie could improve hugely on an already impressive $232 million worldwide take. On Monday, one of the movie’s producers revealed that they are planning to shoot the sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, in Shanghai. With its glitzy high-rises and diverse architectural styles, Shanghai sounds like a great fit as the backdrop to the film. But if you want to find actually crazy rich people in China, the city is hardly the top destination. According to the Forbes-esque Hurun China Rich List, released earlier this month, more of China’s rich live in the capital of Beijing than
Crazy Rich Asians to open in China. But can it fly?
Earlier this week, word went out across Hollywood newswires that the Warner Brothers blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians had gotten “surprise” approval for release in China. Its news that surely comes as a relief to its creators, including director Jon M. Chu, who shared it on his Twitter feed via the simple two-word message “It’s on,” and producers Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and John Penotti, the latter of whom vowed to “personally not rest” until Chinese audiences got a chance to see the film for themselves.         View this post on Instagram                   It’s on. #CrazyRichAsians #ChinaRelease #November A post shared by Jon M Chu (@jonmchu) on Oct 15, 2018 at 8:01am PDT
The legendary Silicon Valley restaurant behind Crazy Rich Asians
Anyone who’s seen the runaway hit movie Crazy Rich Asians is aware of the parts played by music, fashion, geography and even mahjong in bringing its glamorous world to life. But little has been written about the movie’s resplendent use of food, which plays a central role in the film’s story – and in Asian culture generally. The weaving of food into Crazy Rich Asians came naturally to director Jon M. Chu. After all, he grew up immersed in it. For the past half-century, his parents Larry and Ruth have been the proprietors of Chef Chu’s, one of Silicon Valley’s most storied Chinese restaurants. Food is an integral part of how one shares memories, and telling stories is an integral part of how o
A classic ballad is being revived by Crazy Rich Asians
Legendary Taiwanese diva Teresa Teng is going through a revival, after blockbuster flick Crazy Rich Asians used a big band cover of her classic melody “When Will You Return” (also known as “Waiting For Your Return”) to open the movie.  Composer Christopher Tin, who adapted the song for the film, tells Inkstone about remaking a classic, and explains why Crazy Rich Asians has finally given the Asian community a voice in Hollywood.
Crazy Rich Asians are buying out cinemas for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’
The #GoldOpen campaign, with fans buying out entire movie theaters, has helped Crazy Rich Asians score a number-one opening at the US box office. Now that campaign has spread around the world to Australia, Germany and the UK, according to organizers.  And Hong Kong is right there alongside them. On Thursday, hundreds of people crowded into a cinema in Hong Kong to watch the film on its opening night in the city. The crowd was a mix of locals and expatriates, there to watch the first Hollywood movie with an all-Asian cast in a quarter-century. Their tickets had been bought by a group of supporters led by local tech boss Yat Siu, who paid for more than 170 seats. His friends soon followed sui