The name on many young women’s lips is Nicholas Young, the leading man in the blockbuster movie Crazy Rich Asians. He’s portrayed by the dashing Henry Golding, a relative newcomer whose portrayal in CRA skyrocketed him to dizzying heights. But Janine Gutierrez has been ahead of the curve as she gushed about meeting him in an event last year in Singapore.
According to her Instagram post, “Dear Nick Young, I will learn mahjong for you and I will also teach you patintero. Please reconsider. Love, [a] (Slightly) Crazy Hardworking Filipino.”
Crazy Rich Asians has done well in the US, where it earned $34 million (roughly P1.82 billion) domestically in its first five days. It also has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, citing a “terrific cast and a surfeit of visual razzle dazzle,” as well as taking “a satisfying step forward for screen representation while deftly drawing inspiration from the classic — and still effective — rom-com formula.”
The film is adapted on Kevin Kwan’s hugely successful trilogy, which follows Rachel Chu, an Asian-American professor, who visits Singapore to visit his boyfriend’s family. Unbeknownst to her, her boyfriend Nick Young’s family is one of the richest in Asia.
Crazy Rich Asians has done well in the US after Hollywood has faced backlash on the lack of representation in cinema. It is the first film since 1993’s Joy Luck Club to have a nearly all Asian-American cast.
Crazy Rich Asians stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Yeoh.
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