Saturday, August 18, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians puts Singapore in the spotlight

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By Cheow Sue-ann, The New Paper, 17 August 2018 at 02:22 pm


The Story Behind 'Crazy Rich Asians' by author, Kevin Kwan
PHOTO: The Story Behind "Crazy Rich Asians" by author, Kevin Kwan
A Singaporean family walks into an upscale London hotel, but is turned away by a snooty manager who refuses to serve them. A short time later the family returns to the lobby with a surprise: They have just bought the property.
"This film—which is the first Hollywood studio romantic comedy to feature an Asian couple—is important in that it’s part of a larger movement to create greater representation in mainstream entertainment". Actress Constance Wu who plays Rachel Chu in the Hollywood film adaptation, wrote for the magazine, "Kevin doesn’t focus on making Asians cool; he focuses on making our stories whole. The bits we’re proud of, the bits we try to hide, the tremendous heart that beats underneath it all.
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Touted as a Hollywood watershed, Crazy Rich Asians has been making international headlines as the first Hollywood movie in 25 years to feature a majority Asian cast – a feat not matched since The Joy Luck Club in 1993.

Not only is the romcom widely considered a win for Asians and Asian-Americans, it is also a victory for Singapore.



Constance Wu & Henry Golding Debut 'Crazy Rich Asians' Trailer on 'Ellen
PHOTO: Constance Wu & Henry Golding Debut 'Crazy Rich Asians' Trailer on 'Ellen
Constance Wu and Henry Golding make their very first appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing on Monday (April 23).
The 36-year-old actress and Henry, 31, chat with Ellen about the groundbreaking romantic-comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which is the first film in 25 years to have an all-Asian cast.
Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel (Constance), a Chinese-American economics professor who goes to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick (Henry), only to discover that he comes from an enormously wealthy family from Asia’s old-money set.
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Opening here on Aug 22, the highly anticipated film was partly shot on our sunny shores and has pushed Singapore and Singaporeans into the spotlight.

Involving almost 300 Singaporean and permanent resident cast members and production crew, Crazy Rich Asians is set to make the world take notice of the little island.



The Crazy Rich Asians saga is set in a milieu that was never explored in fiction until the first book was published in 2013.
PHOTO: The Crazy Rich Asians saga is set in a milieu that was never explored in fiction until the first book was published in 2013. “No one else was writing social satires about the upper class of contemporary Asia,” affirms Kevin.
But then the characters, their emotions and their stories ended up being so relatable, and that is what kept readers hooked."
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Fiona Xie and Remy Hii in Crazy Rich Asians
Fiona Xie and Remy Hii in Crazy Rich Asians
PHOTO: Fiona Xie (left) and Jimmy O. Yang in Crazy Rich Asians
Hollywood film ‘celebrates Singapore’s culture, food and attractions’ and is expected to raise interest in the country
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Raffles Hotel, Cluny Park, Newton Food Centre, Changi Airport, Chijmes, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park, Esplanade Park, Ann Siang Hill, a Bukit Pasoh cafe and East Coast Parkway made appearances.

Local actors Pierre Png, Tan Kheng Hua, Fiona Xie, Koh Chieng Mun, Janice Koh and Amy Cheng had starring roles.



(From left: Michelle Yeoh, Janice Koh, Constance Wu, Amy Cheng and Selena Tan in Crazy Rich Asians)
PHOTO: (From left: Michelle Yeoh, Janice Koh, Constance Wu, Amy Cheng and Selena Tan in Crazy Rich Asians)
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Ms Lynette Pang, assistant chief executive (marketing group) of Singapore Tourism Board (STB), told The New Paper: “As the movie is set in Singapore and showcases (it) in a way that celebrates Singapore’s culture, food and attractions, it is a natural opening to get the conversation going about the real Singapore and pique interest in visiting the country.

She said while it might not be possible to “immediately quantify returns” from the movie, STB does “expect the exposure to help bolster greater global awareness of our destination and this could potentially attract more visitors over time”.

According to Ms Pang, Singapore has already garnered positive media coverage in publications such as Vogue, Bloomberg, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, CNN Travel, The Hollywood Reporter and USA Today. They have run travel guides and destination features.



 'Crazy Rich Asians' is about the sacrifices women make for men: Constance Wu
PHOTO: 'Crazy Rich Asians' is about the sacrifices women make for men: Constance Wu
As far as Constance Wu is concerned, Crazy Rich Asians is not a love story. Instead, the adaptation of the bestseller by Singaporean author Kevin Kwan is a story about women and the things they sacrifice to protect men, said the 36-year-old.
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Constance Wu plays Rachel Chu in Crazy Rich Asians
PHOTO: Constance Wu plays Rachel Chu in Crazy Rich Asians
Constance Wu declared, “People want to hate me, I want them to have the full right of their voice to express their hatred for me.
I hope these conversations continue, not to hurt people, but to help us all examine a little closer and realise that all of our voices have legitimacy.
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The Singapore Film Commission (SFC) supported Crazy Rich Asians via the Production Assistance grant.

According to Mr Joachim Ng, director of SFC, the movie has benefited the local media industry ecosystem by facilitating the exchange of skills and experiences and providing exposure for home-grown talent.

These include the 12 cast members and 297 production crew – 20 of whom were interns and fresh graduates from the Nanyang Technological University, LaSalle College of the Arts and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.



Colin Khoo (Chris Pang) and Araminta Lee (Sonoya Mizuno) wedding in Crazy Rich Asians
PHOTO: Colin Khoo (Chris Pang) and Araminta Lee (Sonoya Mizuno) wedding in Crazy Rich Asians
Earlier this decade novelist Kevin Kwan.released a popular trilogy of books, “Crazy Rich Asians,” “China Rich Girlfriend,” “Rich People Problems,” which garnered him a spot on Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people’s list. These novels were sprawling, multi-generational takes on the Asian experience in America and abroad.
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Colin Khoo (Chris Pang) and Araminta Lee (Sonoya Mizuno) wedding in Crazy Rich Asians
Colin Khoo (Chris Pang) and Araminta Lee (Sonoya Mizuno) wedding in Crazy Rich Asians
Colin Khoo (Chris Pang) and Araminta Lee (Sonoya Mizuno) wedding in Crazy Rich Asians
PHOTO: Colin Khoo (Chris Pang) and Araminta Lee (Sonoya Mizuno) wedding in Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians Preps for $26M-Plus Walk Down the Aisle.  Rachel Chu, played by Constance Wu, takes a trip with Nick to Singapore for his best friend's wedding where she's forced to meet the family and prove herself.
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PHOTO: Colin Khoo (Chris Pang) and Araminta Lee (Sonoya Mizuno) wedding in Crazy Rich Asians
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Infinite Studios – the local company that worked on action flick Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) and sci-fi romance Equals (2015), which were partially shot in Singapore – was the local production partner, and Crazy Rich Asians has also enhanced its capabilities of handling large-scale film production.

Mr Ng added that other industries including hospitality, food and beverage and transport have also benefited from the shoot.

For instance, hotels such as Grand Hyatt Singapore, Carlton Hotel Singapore and Marina Bay Sands handled accommodation for the foreign crew.



Michael Teo (Pierre Png) and Nick's cousin Astrid (Gemma Chan) in Crazy Rich Asians
PHOTO: Michael Teo (Pierre Png) and Nick's cousin Astrid (Gemma Chan) in Crazy Rich Asians
In Kwan's book, Charlie Wu and Astrid were engaged to be married when they were younger, but Astrid left him because her family didn't approve. She then went on to marry Michael, a former soldier and entrepreneur, but he never makes as much money as Astrid's family and feels insecure because of it. In the novel, Astrid reconnects with Charlie at Colin Khoo and Araminta Lee's wedding, and Charlie helps Astrid investigate her husband's infidelity by tracking down Michael's mistress.
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Gemma Chan strikes a pose as Charlotte in Secret Diary of a Call Girl
PHOTO: Gemma Chan strikes a pose as Charlotte in Secret Diary of a Call Girl
Gemma Chan first cemented her sex symbol status when she starred as Charlotte, the sexy dominatrix alongside Billie Piper’s Belle in Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
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PHOTO: Gemma Chan strikes a pose as Charlotte in Secret Diary of a Call Girl
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In the meantime, STB is also working with film studio Warner Bros and other partners to leverage on the movie’s upcoming release in markets such as the US, Australia, Japan and South-east Asia.

In the US, STB organised the Crazy Rich Singapore Week from Aug 9 to 11 in partnership with premier restaurant and nightlife group Tao Group.



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The event featured Singapore personalities such as chef Malcolm Lee of Michelin-starred Candlenut, award-winning mixologist Peter Chua, pop and street artist Jahan Loh and DJ Koflow.

Ms Pang said STB is also focusing its marketing message around the homegrown talents and personalities as they are a key anchor of the Passion Made Possible brand.

She added: “The film shines a spotlight on them, and how they are making their passions possible on a global stage.
 
Through them, we believe the story of Singapore, and how it is Passion Made Possible, can also be told.



Actress Carmen Soo from Malaysia
PHOTO: This satin midi dress with exposed back by Monse (around S$3,009 via Net-a-Porter) totally one-ups what Rachel wore, but references it perfectly with the cut-out. We love the elegant long sleeves, and how it swishes around the legs.
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By Cheow Sue-ann, The New Paper, 17 August 2018 at 02:22 pm
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Reference
[1] Cheow Sue-ann, The New Paper, Crazy Rich Asians puts Singapore in the spotlight, posted on 17 August 2018 at 02:22 pm, https://www.tnp.sg/entertainment/movies/crazy-rich-asians-puts-singapore-spotlight

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