For many Asian Americans, Crazy Rich Asians feels monumental in the same vein as Black Panther was for black people in America because it’s been 25 years since an all Asian cast has donned the silver screen in the Joy Luck Club.
Oh my god. Is this our 'Black Panther?' An all-Asian cast, an Asian director (Jon M. Chu), and original source material written by an Asian author (Kevin Kwan)? White people, this is the kind of shit you take for granted. https://t.co/0DxRkaJpA8
— JP (@jessiepeterson) April 23, 2018
#CrazyRichAsians director @JonMChu: "We can sugarcoat it all we want, but the moment you bring up an Asian-led movie, there's one example to point to, and that'll be us. To be on the biggest stage with the biggest stakes, that's what we asked for" https://t.co/h0g07PyTdd pic.twitter.com/wDmB5pEbxC
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 1, 2018
“Hollywood doesn’t know how to incorporate…Asian-Americans…It’s like they want our look and our stories and our martial arts, but they don’t want Asians.”—I was interviewed on why films like #CrazyRichAsians are rare in Hollywood, but shouldn’t be. https://t.co/hCa0nI5Cle
— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) August 8, 2018
In an era where the superheroes are the norm and remakes have taken precedence in many studios, Hollywood has abandoned mid-budget genres such as adult drama, comedy, and romance.
And this is where CRA can continue to open up paths for other POC films, not just by representation, but in genre revival.
.@jonmchu on a potential #CrazyRichAsians sequel: “We have more stories to tell. We have other stories outside of the 'Crazy Rich Asians' world that are ready to be told too from filmmakers and storytellers who haven’t had their stories told yet” https://t.co/OwoUY3UYP3
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 8, 2018
— Forbes Entertainment (@ForbesEnt) July 28, 2018
#BlacKkKlansman hits theaters this Friday (August 10th) and #CrazyRichAsians hits theaters the following Wednesday (August 15th). Support both of these great films from incredibly talented African American and Asian American creatives in the studio system opening weekend. pic.twitter.com/wxN40ZTlFS
— Matthew A. Cherry 🏁 (@MatthewACherry) August 6, 2018
My hope is that CRA will live up to its name at the box office, but the greater hope is that Hollywood will green light POC movies not just because of its potential for return, but because we’re people too.
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Written in VA. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.