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Does one need to be a ‘Crazy Rich Asian‘ to enjoy Singapore? ‘No’, locals say

(WARNER BROS. PICTURES) – The high life portrayed in Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated romantic comedy ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is not the norm for many Singaporeans, locals said on Wednesday (August 22).

The city state is the setting for the movie – an adaptation of a best-selling novel that explores the insatiable consumerism of new money and old-world opulence in a continent producing more billionaires than anywhere else. It premiered in Singapore on Tuesday (August 21).

The romantic comedy about an Asian-American New Yorker who goes to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s wealthy and tradition-bound family of Chinese descent is based on the 2013 best-selling book of the same name by Kevin Kwan.

Luxury brands and fine dining serve as a backdrop for the movie, and many Singaporeans were keen to point out they were not necessary to have a good time.

There are plenty of stores selling clothes at a fraction of those sold at Chanel and Dior boutiques on Orchard Road, the main shopping belt, they say. Stalls at Maxwell Food Centre, an open-air dining spot with hawkers specialising in local dishes costing an average of S$5 (US$3.65), even boast vendors who have received a Michelin star.

Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated romantic comedy launched above expectations with a five-day tally of $34 million when it opened in 3,384 locations. Jon M. Chu’s acclaimed movie — the first studio film in over 25 years since 1993’s “Joy Luck Club” to feature a nearly all Asian-American cast — carries a modest $30 million budget.

Enthusiasm has been strong for “Crazy Rich Asians,” which arrives as Hollywood is being pressured to feature greater diversity on screen. It holds a strong 93 percent certified fresh rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, along with an A CinemaScore.


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