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China Isn’t Crazy At All About ‘Crazy Rich Asians

China Isn’t Crazy At All About ‘Crazy Rich Asians

China Isn’t Crazy At All About ‘Crazy Rich Asians

China Isn’t Crazy At All About ‘Crazy Rich Asians

The hit U.S. movie has turned out to be a flop in the world’s largest population of Asians

On the opening night for “Crazy Rich Asians” in China last Friday, 25-year-old graduate student Hu Lianyu went to catch the movie that has won big audiences in America.

There were only a half-dozen people in the theater in the southeastern city of Ningbo, and the film left him feeling perplexed. “It was very light-hearted,” Mr. Hu said, but he didn’t like how it portrayed wealthy Chinese people as “having old-fashioned thoughts and behaviors that are in poor taste.”

“Crazy Rich Asians,” a Cinderella tale of a young Chinese-American woman romanced by the handsome scion of an extremely wealthy family from Singapore, was a box-office smash in the U.S. this summer. American viewers and critics applauded the movie for its predominantly Asian cast, and the movie won domestic sales of nearly $174 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

In China, home to the world’s largest population of Asians, it is bombing. Nationwide ticket sales have barely topped $1.4 million so far. Empty theaters have forced cinemas to cancel thousands of planned screenings.One online reviewer compared the movie to General Tso’s chicken, a uniquely American dish rarely found in China.

Warner Bros., which distributed the movie, declined to comment. A representative for Kevin Kwan, who wrote the book the movie was based on, didn’t respond to requests for comment. He told The Wall Street Journal earlier this year, “I based the book on a very small group of elite Chinese Singaporeans and am only really portraying the world in it.”

China Isn’t Crazy At All About ‘Crazy Rich Asians
Some of the movie’s stars at a Miami screening in July.

In a year dominated by rising political and economic tensions between the U.S. and China, “Crazy Rich Asians” has been derided by some locals as another example of America’s presumption about China’s ways.The China flop points to a cultural disconnect—Chinese viewers say they don’t identify with the film’s displays of excessive wealth or the fish-out-of-water earnestness of its Asian-American heroine.

The movie’s plot centers around a New York University economics professor who is invited by her hunky boyfriend to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She discovers her beau is part of the country’s uber-wealthy, a class defined by private jets, island-hopping and million-dollar shopping sprees. At one point, a palatial home is likened to a cross between Versailles and a Donald Trump bathroom.

In another scene, the male protagonist’s mother purchases a swanky London hotel after being snubbed by its management.

It “reinforced the stereotype that Chinese people now are rich, and all they do is buy, buy, buy,” said Ma Yinchen, a 33-year-old financial professional in Shanghai.

Ms. Ma, however, praised the movie for featuring good-looking Asian actors with chiseled abs. She said it could help counter Western beliefs that Asians don’t work out.

Chinese exhibitors cut the movie’s daily showings to some 7,600 Wednesday, down from about 29,000 last Friday when it made its debut in China, according to, a website that tracks box-office sales in China.

Zhen Pei, manager of the Cinker Cinemas theater in Beijing’s upscale Raffles City mall, said the film had performed so poorly that the theater plans to replace it with “Aquaman” starting on Friday. In the past three days, the cinema sold only five tickets for six screenings.

“We can’t afford to keep a movie that no one wants to see,” she said.

China Isn’t Crazy At All About ‘Crazy Rich Asians
At Cinker Cinemas in Beijing’s Raffles City mall, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ (far left) will have its last showing on Thursday.

The film’s opening in China came nearly four months after the American premiere. One factor in the slow ticket sales could be that Chinese audiences who really wanted to see the film already downloaded the movie or bought bootlegged copies, both common practices in China—although that hasn’t prevented some American films from becoming hits in Chinese theaters.

Yu Jirui, a Beijing tour guide and self-described cinephile, said he has long been a fan of independent films from the U.S. and elsewhere. On Monday this week, he was holding a bagful of bootleg DVDs including “The Children Act” (a drama starring Emma Thompson) and “Mara” (a supernatural horror film).

The 55-year-old said that after reading reviews of “Crazy Rich Asians,” he dismissed the movie as “a typical brainless love story.” He also didn’t want to watch a movie about Chinese people filtered through the lens of American filmmakers. He said the U.S., especially through cultural outlets such as Hollywood blockbusters, tends to simplify China.

“We’re either shown as backwards and dirty, or wealthy with no morals,” Mr. Yu said. “Americans just don’t understand us.I know rich people in China, and they don’t act like that,” he added, referring to the characters’ frivolous spending in the movie.

China Isn’t Crazy At All About ‘Crazy Rich Asians
Actor Henry Golding at the film’s premiere in Singapore on Aug. 21.

Winnie Sun, a financial adviser in Irvine, Calif., said she’s seen the movie twice since its U.S. premiere despite a predictable plot and less-than-convincing characters. She said she was eager to support a big-budget film that spotlighted Asian actors in “smart ways” that required humor, sophistication and darkness.

“It was nice to see Asian people portray these roles that would normally go to regular American celebrities,” said Ms. Sun, who was born in Los Angeles.

Shanghai-based writer Lenora Chu, who grew up in Houston, was also thrilled to see Asian actors in a Hollywood film.She worked as an actor in Los Angeles from 2004 to 2010, she said, and many of the casting notices that came her way fell into four categories:prostitute, IT worker, martial artist or dead person.

Ms. Chu, who helped organize two charity screenings of “Crazy Rich Asians” last Friday, said that an all-Asian cast was less noteworthy in China. “Issues of minority representation in Hollywood, issues of cross-cultural romance—those are not wide-scale here as they are in the U.S.,” she said.

After a matinee showing in Beijing on Wednesday, 37-year-old Wang Jingling said she enjoyed the film’s over-the-top glamour and gorgeous scenery. However, she said it had a distinctly American viewpoint on Asians that Chinese people might find offensive or naive.

The well-heeled socialites, she said, are shown living in a “soulless” world fueled by designer clothes and decadent parties.“It makes Asians seem like they don’t have culture or class, just money,” said Ms. Wang, who studied abroad in England when she was in college. Using a Chinese phrase for enduring suffering, she said, “A lot of us know how to eat bitterness.”

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haiyaaa cilaka luawelas, film sampah di mata penonton menlen emoticon-Big Grin
Film apaan coba tuh? Untung gua gak nonton
“It makes Asians seem like they don’t have culture or class, just money,”

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Aktor utamanya mirip Anjasmara emoticon-Ngakak
Balasan post ZenMan1

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Maka nyeee org Cina gak demen dgn pilem2 yg dtg dr America,krn mereka SANGAT Munafik Pengen tapi gak Mampu waaa!!!!

Tapi bagi mereka2 yg mampu negara2 Bule Barat adalah idaman mereka,bagi mereka2 yg Mampu Kehidupan Bule Barat adalah Tolak Ukur mereka waaa!!!!

Klo gak napeee Land of SICK and RETARD musti Nyuri,Niru2 negara2 Bule????

Klo kateee org Indo Harga gak bisee bohong waaa!!!!

Shanghai-based writer Lenora Chu, who grew up in Houston, was also thrilled to see Asian actors in a Hollywood film.She worked as an actor in Los Angeles from 2004 to 2010, she said, and many of the casting notices that came her way fell into four categories:prostitute, IT worker, martial artist or dead person.

Contoh diatas adalah salah satu sebab nyeee kenape Threads ane sejak tau First Hand SICKmen of Asia beda dgn Cindo ato Huaren kecuali luuw Tukang jualan Casing HP!!!

Banyak Berita ttg Kebusukan,Tipu Menipu SICKmen of Asia yg Merusak Citra Etnis Asia Timur yg susah payah dibangun oleh HK,Japano-san,Korsel,S'porno,Taiwan etc waaa!!!

Sejak mereka menyebar kyk kacoa ane baru ngerti kata2 engkong,Kongco wanti2 ati2 ameee 1st & 2nd generation Cinamen waaa!!!

Maka nyeee ade istilah Islamophobia ameee Sinophobia!!!!

Gara2 sikap tingkah laku mereka yg Menjijikan semuwa Asian kena Stigma nyeee waaa!!!!

Maka nyeee ane dan banyak Etnis Asia Timur,Huaren yg punyeee Harga Diri gak mo diasosiasikan disamakan dgn SICKmen of Asia waaa

Ane gak pernah masalah dulu wkt magang bikin praktikum ato cari kerjaan,ane tinggal bilang ini kemampuan gw,ini kerjaan yg gw cari,ini gaji yg gw mau!!!!

Bukan nyeee mewek2 ngeluh tereak2an dikit di Diskriminasi,BUKTI khan bhw luuw mampu waaa!!!!

SICKmen of Asia termasuk paling Rasis tetapi sok tereak2an didzholimin waaa!!!

Ngehe Sickmen of Asia mentang2 baru tau kata2 Rasis....semua2 yg gak sesuai dgn kemauan nyeee dibilang Rasis,Sub-human butuh cermin persis kyk si Ah Yan waaa!!!!

China Isn’t Crazy At All About ‘Crazy Rich Asians

Si Kunyuk patah tangan(?) tereak2an se-olah2 diyeee mo modar mo minta langsung masuk waaa!!!

Kerumah sakit ade priority nyeee menurut urgency,bukan krn luuw bise buka bacot gede jd langsung masuk waaa!!!

Akhir nyeee Sub-human yg bikin malu Ras Asia dan Etnis Cina diusir dr rumah sakit!!!!

Plok...plok good riddance!!!

Disamping immoral rakus gak punyeee empati waaa!!!! emoticon-Najis (S)

"Nyolonk Nipu" ber-kali2 ngambil donasi dan buang barang2 yg mereka gak mau,napa bukan balikin agar bisa digunakan ame org yg membutuhkan!!??

Benar2 menjijikan waaa!!!! emoticon-Najis (S)

Diubah oleh hahaiyaa.20
beda culture memang,meski ras nya sama

singapore's life and behavior taste like western

kalau RRC ya RRC,kecuali shanghai dan hongkong memang beda
chinese singapore kan udah ter-westernized jadi lebih civilized dibanding menglen emoticon-Big Grin
Filmnya lucu kok, kalo gagal di China mungkin karena selera. Mereka justru lebih demen nonton film luar yang pemerannya kulit putih.

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