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All-Asian cast “Crazy Rich Asians” tops box office

Actor Henry Golding, actress Constance Wu and author Kevin Kwan, left to right, attend the premiere of “Crazy Rich Asians” at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, US, on Aug. 7.

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Taiwanese-American director Jon Chu’s new film, “Crazy Rich Asians,” has dominated the US box office since opening earlier this month, with the highest-grossing first week for any romantic comedy in recent years. It is also the first Hollywood film with a cast of all Asian-descent since “The Joy Luck Club” 25 years ago.

Based on Singaporean-American writer Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel, the movie follows native New Yorker Rachel to Singapore, where she finds out her boyfriend’s family is actually one of the wealthiest in the country. The cast includes Constance Wu, who stars on the hit sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh.

The movie arrives at a time when Hollywood is being pressured to feature greater diversity on screen. According to statistics, among the top 100 films last year, only 4.8 percent featured a character of Asian descent with a speaking role. With the success of this groundbreaking movie, Warner Bros. Pictures is reportedly planning for a sequel. “Crazy Rich Asians” opened in Taiwan on Friday last week.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






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2. cast n.

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3. wealthiest adj.

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5. groundbreaking adj.

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