Finally, after weeks of talking about it, waiting for it and making guesses about how it's going to unfold on the big screen, Crazy Rich Asians hit the theatres across the region. Needless to say, both Western and Asian viewers found the movie fun and compelling, apart from the fact that it's definitely a game-changer as a full-Asian cast Hollywood film that is neither a historical nor 'stereotypical' feature.
But what is it about this movie that we just find so relatable besides its cultural relevance? These Asians give their not-so-crazy reasons as to why they loved the film and which character they relate to the most.
Becks Ko, Editor
"I am not crazy rich, obviously. Nor am I that 'It' girl. But the character that I relate to the most is Astrid Teo (played by British actress Gemma Chan), the crazy rich socialite who faces a rocky marriage with her husband Michael (played by Singaporean actor Pierre Png) in the film. Rather than saying that I relate to her predicament, I feel strongly towards her pain and most importantly, the immense strength and poise she exudes despite her pain. She is a living epitome of Elizabeth Taylor’s words “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.” Except Astrid would probably put on a gorgeous pair of statement earrings instead — which is totally what I’d do!
I am already looking forward to the Crazy Rich Asians sequel that will put a spotlight on the relationship between Astrid and — new heartthrob alert! — Charlie Wu (played by Shadowhunters and Glee star, Harry Shum Jr.)!"
Jenifer Loh, Campaigns Executive
"The characters I relate to the most are Eleanor Young and Kerry Chu. Actually, all the mothers (and grandmothers) in the movie!
[In the movie], it was shown how Eleanor Young ordered herbal soup to cure Nick's tiredness, while Kerry Chu offered Rachel ginseng tea to fix her heartbreak — a very Asian way of expressing love and care through food. They've shown how food means family, and that traditional dishes are a way for modern families to stay connected with their heritage. It's often said that Asian families lack conventional affection, but the truth is we know how to love fiercely, and we do it through unwavering loyalty and a lot of good food.
Music is an emotional part of a movie experience and Crazy Rich Asians' soundtrack is a glorious combination of Chinese and English songs, which is another layer of storytelling altogether. Getting popular English songs covered in Chinese lyrics is a great way to show the blurry lines of today's cultural boundaries and identities that make up who we are."