More than just Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians is based on Kevin Kwan's best-selling 2013 novel of the same name. It is filmed and set in Singapore.
Crazy Rich Asians is based on Kevin Kwan's best-selling 2013 novel of the same name. It is filmed and set in Singapore.PHOTO: WARNER BROS

Director Jon Chu says if the film does well at the box office, it will encourage Hollywood studios to greenlight more films with Asian casts

It does not hit cinemas until August, but excitement is already building over the Crazy Rich Asians movie. The first trailer has racked up more than four million YouTube views since it was released on Monday and, that same evening in Los Angeles, the director and cast unveiled the film at its first public screening.

At the Theatre at Ace Hotel, one of the hippest screening venues in the city, director Jon Chu addressed an enthusiastic crowd who had packed the house and proceeded to whoop and cheer throughout the movie.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 26, 2018, with the headline 'More than just Crazy Rich Asians '. Print Edition | Subscribe