Crazy Rich Asians may be the first Hollywood movie in 25 years with an all-Asian cast. But the filmmakers see the romantic comedy about an Asian-American New Yorker who goes to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's wealthy and tradition-bound family of Chinese descent appealing to all races.
The movie is based on the 2013 best-selling book of the same name by Singaporean-American author Kevin Kwan, 68, who said at the premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday: "It's been way too long since we had an all-star Asian cast in a Hollywood studio movie, but this movie is for everyone."
It stars actresses like Michelle Yeoh and Constance Wu along with newer faces like New York rapper and actress Awkwafina and Henry Golding, who was raised in Britain.
Director Jon M Chu said no single film could represent all Asians, but he hoped the plot and the array of actors in Crazy Rich Asians would show "we're layered and complicated and not just the computer guy or the sex kitten."
The last Hollywood studio film featuring a large Asian cast was The Joy Luck Club in 1993.