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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ A glamorous rom-com with Asian charm

  • Stanley Widianto

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 14 2018   /  03:30 am

Crazy Rich Asians couldn’t be more of a fitting title — it shows the Asians in this movie not only possess incomprehensible wealth, but also flaunt it.Teresa Teng, the late Taiwanese singer, has a lot of songs, but two play in every single one of my extended family’s Lunar New Year gatherings: “Tián mì mì” and “Yuèliàng Dàibiăo Wŏ de Xīn”. I have heard these songs in many places: a cafeteria in Glodok, my dad’s speakers, at a wake. But I haven’t felt more euphoric than when I heard “Tián mì mì” playing in the movie Crazy Rich Asians, directed by Jon M. Chu from a script written by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim. Based on Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel of the same title (it has since been followed by two more books), it is a self-aware, campy observation of the 1 percent — one who buys custom-made designer handbags and books the Marina Bay Sands for the night...