Movie Mixtape: 6 Movies to Watch With ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

/Film | 8/17/2018 | Scott Beggs
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If you’re looking for Western-produced movies with solely-Asian casts, your pickings are slim, which is why there’s been a lot of talk surrounding Crazy Rich Asians‘ status as the first of its kind in a quarter-century. But there also aren’t many Western-made movies where the cast is half-Asian. Or even where there’s more than one Asian character. I’m not sure whether that makes Crazy Rich Asians more impressive or if it simply signals the relative, representational failures of the Hollywood system.

Why not both, right?

Bestselling - Book - Crazy - Rich - Asians

Based on the bestselling book, Crazy Rich Asians sends Rachel (Constance Wu) into the lion’s den of meeting her boyfriend Nick’s (Henry Golding) family at a wedding in Singapore. Nick never told her that his family is insanely wealthy, Rachel has to win over Nick’s formidable mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh), and rom-com goodness ensues.

Our own Karen Han says it’s “chock-full of little details that may well fly over the heads of some viewers, but will vault the film into another stratosphere for others. The cultural specificity is more charming than the delirious displays of wealth by leaps and bounds, and ultimately what makes it impossible to say that Crazy Rich Asians is just a carbon copy of other meeting-the-in-laws comedies that have come before it.”

Feature - History-maker

Let’s see what to double feature with this history-maker.

When you hear people say Crazy Rich Asians is the first in 25 years, this is the movie from 25 years ago. It was also based on a book that became a sensation, but it features several segmented stories that reveal the different ways Chinese-American women love, hate, disappoint, and reconcile with their Chinese mothers.

Drama - Epic - Generations - Stories - Marriages

It’s also a strict drama that plays more like an epic by looking intently through the generations, with stories about unhappy marriages, abandoned children, and maternal blessings.

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