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Crazy Rich Asians

Knockout visuals, a winning cast, and an irrepressibly feel-good vibe make this dazzling romantic comedy one for the ages; the only possible way it could have improved is if it had been a musical. A first-generation Chinese-American NYU economics professor (Constance Wu) confronts entrenched tradition and elitism when her adoring boyfriend (Henry Golding), heir to a Singapore mega-fortune, brings her home to meet the family. Michelle Yeoh adds dramatic ballast as the heroine's formidable prospective mother-in-law, while supporting comedians Awkwafina, Ronny Chieng, and Ken Jeong gleam as brightly as the wall-to-wall luxury goods. Production designer Nelson Coates conveys the delirium of conspicuous consumption and upward mobility with his lush decor; adapting Kevin Kwan's novel, director Jon M. Chu mines the nuances between new and old money, showing how wealth can both liberate and constrain.

Credits

Director:

  • Jon Chu

Cast:

  • Constance Wu
  • Henry Golding
  • Michelle Yeoh
  • Gemma Chan
  • Lisa Lu
  • Awkwafina
  • Harry Shum Jr.
  • Ken Jeong
  • Sonoya Mizuno
  • Chris Pang
  • Jimmy Yang
  • Ronny Chieng
  • Remi Hii
  • Nico Santos
  • Jing Lusi
  • Carmen Soo
  • Pierre Png
  • Fiona Xie
  • Victoria Loke
  • Janice Koh

Producers:

  • Nina Jacobson
  • Brad Simpson
  • John Penotti
  • Tim Coddington
  • Kevin Kwan
  • Robert Friedland
  • Sidney Kimmel

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