China's Hottest Female Rapper Makes Hollywood Debut on "Crazy Rich Asians" Soundtrack

The mansion features traditional Hakka and Teochew architecture styles

It's a bit of a bummer that the handsome but relatively inexperienced Golding can't match the charming complexity Constance Wu brings to Rachel, making him more of a fantasy figure than a character.

Awkwafina and Michelle Yeoh are other highlights. Her energy carries us through the scenes with her family that might have been tedious in another film.

"Crazy Rich Asians", a two-hour celebration of fabulous wealth, stunning clothes and idealized love, complete with heroine who has to out-fox her beau's imperious mother and vicious ex-girlfriend, is a faithful adaptation of the global bestseller by Singapore-American author Kevin Kwan. It's a long-form tourism video for the richest oceanside parts of Singapore as much of a movie, and a celebration of unchecked decadence and privilege. Crazy Rich Asians has the "comedy" part down, but the movie truly centers itself around love - love in the form of friendship, community and self-worth. There were laughs, of course, but there weren't almost as many reactions coming from an audience of critics as there were weeks later at a sold-out screening I attended.

Tiang is quick to point out that Kwan's books were also best-sellers in Singapore, so there are definitely Singaporeans who love "Crazy Rich Asians" and are excited to see a Hollywood film set in Singapore.

The movie has historic and cultural significance: "Crazy Rich Asians" stars Constance Wu as Rachel Chu, a New Yorker who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick Young, played by Henry Golding, only to discover that his family is one of the wealthiest in Asia. Ronny Chieng, most famous for being a correspondent on "The Daily Show", was raised in Singapore, and the lead, Henry Golding, is based in Singapore.

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Though screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim take some narrative departures to make the story tighter, the movie follows the book's story quite religiously. Suddenly Rachel is whisked off into a world of opulent homes, island getaways, bitter jealousy, and the sort of top-dollar family secrets that could sink even a pairing as idyllic as Rachel and Nick. Once that happens, there's tension between Rachel and Nick's mother Eleanor Sung-Young (played by Yeoh). She sees everyone. She sees everyone in just the best way possible and when people see you in the best way possible you want to give the best you have inside you. "But Richmond's also a really friendly, polite place so I never got any blatant bullying".

Let's be real, at least for me, when I'm watching a movie, I'm not thinking the whole time about how this movie could be a real watershed moment for Asian Americans, I'm going to be engrossed in the plot. Everyone involved in this film had the time of their lives filming it, and that joy shows in every frame.

The sets, costumes and locations are stunning. "Not just Asian stories, but Asian people in stories with the full spectrum of the human experience", said Chieng, who portrays Edison Cheng in the movie. Then, in comes a white man played by an actor in his 40s to make her reconsider her personality.

"Crazy Rich Asians" cast members Awkwafina, Nico Santos, Ronny Chieng and Janice Koh are hyperaware there's a lot riding on the success of their film. It's a tension that some of us have spent years grappling with, but seeing and hearing it in an American movie feels close to revelatory.

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