Crazy Rich Asians Is Getting A Sequel Because You Can Never Have Enough Hot Asian Dudes, Heartwrenching Feels, And Awkwafina Being A Lovable Weirdo

Given how successful Crazy Rich Asians has been so far, it was a question of "when" not "if" a sequel is happening.

Possible spoilers ahead so beware! Or not. You’re your own person so do whatever you want. 

Crazy Rich Asians was released in cinemas in the US over the past week, and it quickly hit the trifecta of targets for a successful movie: great reviews, great word of mouth, and making more money at the box office than  what’s in Scrooge McDuck’s vault.

With Crazy Rich Asians establishing itself as a cash cow with much more milk still left to give, reports are now saying that Warner Bros. is getting the gang back together for a sequel.

The tentative plan is to adapt the sequel novel to Crazy Rich AsiansChina Rich Girlfriend, into a follow-up movie and to bring back the first film’s original creative team, which consists of director Jon M. Chu, screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, and some producers whom I don’t think you will care too much about.

Now before you get too excited, I have to put a slightly damp blanket over your party because the sequel has yet to be officially greenlit for various reasons.

Firstly, Warner Bros. is taking a “wait-and-see” approach in regards to how successful Crazy Rich Asians will ultimately be. And secondly, Chu is a super busy bloke these days and will likely take up the directing gig after he’s done shooting the adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical, In the Heights.

Having said all that, I wouldn’t worry too much about a sequel not happening though.

Crazy Rich Asians has already made a big pile of moolah (with much more coming in the following weeks), and considering how much the first movie meant to Chu – just read his heartfelt letter to Coldplay asking to use their song “Yellow” in the film – it’s a question of “when” not “if” a Crazy Rich Asians sequel will happen.

Now I dunno how you all feel about a Crazy Rich Asians sequel, but I simply can’t wait because it more Awkwafina being a lovable weirdo, more heartwrenching feels, and more relatable Asian moments that make me point at the screen while exclaiming “I understood that reference!”

And for certain demographics, I also have no doubt there will also be many more shots of hot shirtless Asian guys. Seriously, the first film was just stacked with them.

We’ll just leave this here.

Having said all that, none of this really means anything to us Australian moviegoers just yet because the Crazy Rich Asians isn’t released in the country for another week for some reason.

So in the meantime, let’s rejoice over the fact that a beloved movie we haven’t seen (yet) is already getting a sequel, which means more juicy Asian representation on the big screen.

We Almost Didn't Get The Awesome Mandarin Cover Of Coldplay's Yellow In Crazy Rich Asians Because The Band Thought They Would Get Called Racist (Again)

Thank god the movie's director talked the band down from that ledge.

There is much to love in Crazy Rich Asians – and I liked it quite a bit – but one of the movie’s (many) highlights is the beautiful cover of Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ by Katherine Ho.

From the Mandarin lyrics to its pitch-perfect use in the background during a pivotal moment in the protagonist Rachel Chu’s character arc, the song is about as perfect as Nick Young’s chiseled jawline.

We’ll just leave this here.

However, this bit of magic almost didn’t happen because Coldplay and the movie’s studio were worried that using a song titled ‘Yellow’ in a movie about Asians would be, ahem, racist and originally said no.

For those who may be unaware, the term ‘yellow’ is an offensive and derogatory terms when directed towards Asians, which is why the studio behind Crazy Rich Asians were initially reluctant to include the song that is, y’know, called that.

The movie’s director Jon M. Chu managed to convince the studio with his idea of taking hit Western songs and making them Chinese in order to give audiences a sense of what Asian Americans go through, but getting Coldplay onboard was another challenge altogether.

The band had previously faced backlash over cultural appropriation for their ‘Princess of China’ music video which features Rihanna dressed in an oriental outfit and a bunch of other random Asian imagery, and for their ‘Hymn for the Weekend’ clip featuring Beyonce in a traditional Indian outfit.

Unsurprisingly, this is something that Coldplay weren’t particularly keen to face again for a third time.

Chu wouldn’t take no for an answer and he wrote the band a passionate letter explaining his love of ‘Yellow’ and why it is actually the perfect song for Crazy Rich Asians.

And boy was it some letter because I teared up while reading it.

Chu then explained how using ‘Yellow’ in Crazy Rich Asians would give “a whole generation of Asian-Americans, and others, the same sense of pride [Chu] got when [he] heard [the] song”.

Excuse me while I wipe away a tear….

The letter certainly got a reaction from the band as well because they emailed him back within an hour with a resounding yes, presumably after several minutes of Chris Martin crying while sitting at a grand piano.

Thank god that it all worked out in the end because a version of Crazy Rich Asians without Katherine Ho’s cover of ‘Yellow’ simply wouldn’t have been the same.

Regardless of if you’ve seen the movie or not, do your eyes and heartstrings a favour and listen to the cover right now because it will honestly change your life.

Crazy Rich Asians Wraps A Heartfelt Look At Asian And Immigrant Culture Into A Fairly Generic Rom-Com, And That's Absolutely Fine

It also helps that everyone is super good-looking.

Potential spoilers ahead! You’ve been warned!

I must confess something, I haven’t read Crazy Rich Asians before stepping into the cinema so all I had going for me was the very basic idea of “oh, so this is going to be about Asians who are crazy and rich”.

Turns out that was exactly what the movie was about. Initially anyway.

The story is pretty simple and revolves around the protagonist, Rachel Chu (Constance Wu, who is an utter delight) meeting the family of her boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), for the first time, only to be blindsided by the fact that he and his family are so rich they would make Scrooge McDuck look like a hobo.

Crazy Rich Asians unfolds like a by-the-books romantic-comedy, so expect the usual platter of tropes, like Rachel being a fish out of water and the immediate disapproval of her by Nick’s family, particularly from his mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh, who is cold as ice in the best way possible).

There’s nothing too left field here and those expecting wild plot twists will be disappointed because Crazy Rich Asians is as predictable as the sun rising up every morning.

But to my genuine surprise, buried under all the cheesy rom-com dressing was a surprisingly interesting look into Asian familial and immigrant culture.

Nick’s family isn’t disapproving of Rachel because of her as a person. They don’t like her because she isn’t “rich” and having her marry Nick would “tarnish” the family name.

Upholding the family name is something older Asians value heavily, to the point where familial relationships descend towards the odd and dysfunctional. The all-star Asian cast of Crazy Rich Asians are basically human representations of how these relationships manifest in its various guises.

Nick doesn’t care about the family name or wealth because he just wants to be with Rachel; Nick’s cousin Astrid (Gemma Chan) follows her family’s wishes at the expense of her own happiness; and the family’s various male members all slot somewhere in between Nick and Astrid as volatile mixtures of crazy, rich, and unhappy.

Having Rachel as a protagonist also offers up a counterpoint to the old-school Asian train of thought expressed by Nick’s family. Unlike her boyfriend, Rachel comes from a working class family which consists of only herself and her loving mother.

Rachel is a character whom second-generation Asians and audiences of a non-Asian background can relate to during all the unfamiliar settings. She basically personifies the saying “we’re not so different, you and I” and is a perfect audience surrogate throughout Crazy Rich Asians.

But beyond the deep dive into Asian and immigrant culture, I am also genuinely surprised at how the film was presented to a mainstream audience. Asian-centric films are generally marketed in Hollywood as “look at this big movie fronted by an Asian!”. By contrast, Crazy Rich Asians was plugged as “it’s a rom-com! Oh and there are Asians in it as well.”

By doing something completely unrevolutionary – i.e exactly the same for any other rom-com – Crazy Rich Asians did something revolutionary by Trojan Horsing in some unfamiliar themes into a mainstream movie for everyday audiences.

The fact that Crazy Rich Asians attempts to squeeze such an interesting take about Asian familial culture into a typical rom-com is a little odd, but it makes some pretty good sense.

Asians may live all over the globe but not everyone completely understands Asian culture. Wrapping Crazy Rich Asians up in a warm, mainstream rom-com blanket that everyone is familiar with is perhaps the best way to give audiences a crash course on the topic.

This is why I’m perfectly okay with Crazy Rich Asians being a by-the-numbers rom-com because it at least had something interesting to say. Plus everyone is mega good-looking which is always a bonus.

Crazy Rich Asians is ultimately a movie that anyone of any culture can enjoy. There’s something for older Asians, immigrants, and second-generation Asians to relate to, and there’s also stuff that mainstream audiences can recognise.

The rom-com formula caters to everyone who doesn’t care that the film isn’t the next Citizen Kane and simply wants to have a fun time.

And what a fun time it is.

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