Going Crazy for 'Crazy Rich Asians'

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Awkwafina, Nico Santos, and Ronny Chieng pose with audience members during the 'Crazy Rich Asians' Atlanta Red Carpet Screening at Regal Atlantic Station on August 2, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Warner Bros.)

“Crazy Rich Asians,” the romantic comedy based on Kevin Kwan’s novel, has already grossed $5 million since it opened on Wednesday and some anticipate it could make more than $30 million by week's end. In spite of the current buzz, some Hollywood producers didn’t think a movie with a leading Asian cast could be a box office success. According to an Annenberg study of the top 100 films of 2017, only 4.8 percent featured a character of Asian descent with a speaking role. Will this be the film that finally gives Asian Americans the voice they deserve in popular culture? And what does it mean for Asian Americans to see themselves represented on the big screen? We'll discuss the film and hear from you.

Guests:

Jen Yamato, film reporter, The Los Angeles Times

Jon Chu, director, Crazy Rich Asians

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