Phil Yu is excited. The Los Angeles-based blogger saw an advance screening months ago of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and now the first Hollywood movie in 25 years with an all-Asian cast is about to arrive in theaters along with two other predominantly Asian films.
‘I’ve been driving around town seeing posters for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and it gives me a real thrill. It’s like, Wow! Do white people feel like this all the time?’ said Yu, who has been writing his Angry Asian Man blog since 2001. The romantic comedy, based on the best-selling book by Singapore-American Kevin Kwan and opening on Wednesday, is the first all-Asian Hollywood studio movie since ‘The Joy Luck Club’ in 1993.
‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ which stars Michelle Yeoh, will be joined by two others this month in a breakout moment for Asian filmmaking that will test whether U.S. audiences will turn out en masse to watch.
Sony Pictures indie thriller ‘Searching,’ featuring an Asian-American family and directed by an Indian-American newcomer, opens in U.S. theaters on Aug. 24, while the Netflix adaptation of young-adult novel ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,’ starring an Asian teen, will be released next week.
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