Six months ago, I incidentally got my hands on Kewin Kwan's book Crazy Rich Asians and the second part Rich Chinese Girlfriend. During the time when I was immersed in the pages describing the luxury life of the richest people in the world, a film based on this book and produced by Warner Bros was being created in Malaysia. During the summer it became a hit in the USA, scored in Australia and in South America. Its premiere in China will be on November 30. It is yet unknown when it arrives in Czech cinemas.
How will the film score in Communist China?
Chinese government is not in favour of anything that celebrates wealth. And this film, which is described as a "romantic comedy", basically celebrates nothing but luxury. Annually, China generally allows 34 international films to be broadcasted, and Crazy Rich Asians are among them. The attendance, profits and success of the movies which receive this privilege are greatly increased. After all, China’s is the second largest film market. The original name is Crazy Rich Asians, but in China will be screened under another name – Tales of Gold Digging.
Ordinary girl finds a heavenly rich boy
Rachel, a Chinese girl, lives in the US where she meets Nick from Singapore. But he doesn’t know Nick comes from one of Asia's richest and most influential families, whose wealth is limitless. Nick invites Rachel to the wedding of his best friend and wants her to meet his family. How will be the ordinary Chinese girl accepted by a respected family living in absolute luxury full of private planes and majestic palaces?
Can this be a great comedy coming?
We deal with a romantic comedy here and I am very curious about how is the film made. There were some funny parts in the book, there was some romance, but I did not find it to be a comedy. In particular, it induced bewilderment and astonishment over the world, which surely exists, but you see it like a place on a completely different planet. Let us hope that we will soon see, whether John M. Chu is a good director.