‘Crazy Rich’ Film Puts Spotlight on Some Sexy Asian Men

“Crazy Rich Asians” has dazzled filmgoers around the world since opening to great acclaim in August, and it continues to top the US box offices.

Yes, there’s lots to love about the film (see my previous post: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Movie Is ‘Like the Asian Bachelor’: 3 Things That Thrill Me About the Upcoming Film).

But one thing that has quickened the pulse of many a moviegoer? The handsome and drool-worthy Asian men that populate the film. There has never been another Hollywood movie packed with quite so many Asian male actors (with some serious washboard abs) who will make you say, “Hubba Hubba!”

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Of course, for Exhibit A, just consider Nick Young, played by Henry Golding:

 

Or, more specifically, that one memorable scene in the movie:

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And while it might seem a bit superficial to focus on all that eye candy, it matters. As a Men’s Health article on the movie noted,

Showing a bunch of good-looking guys with their shirts off might not sound revolutionary. But in Hollywood, which has historically almost exclusively cast Caucasian actors in romantic leading man roles, it definitely is. Further, pop culture is full of racist depictions of “emasculated” Asian men, from Mickey Rooney’s yellowface caricature in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to the perpetually horny Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles.

“I’ve worked in TV for a long time and you begin to understand that if you see something about a certain group of people often enough, it becomes the truth,” Lim says. And this, in turn, affects how parts like romantic lead roles, which are so often written and cast exclusively for white actors, are written and cast. “The representation of the Asian male as sexually attractive and assertive is so important,” she says.

Of course, this is one of the reasons many people have had high hopes for “Crazy Rich Asians” (leading some people to feel #repsweats — anxiety over representation in the media). It’s gratifying to see the film succeed and continue the momentum that erupted back in May, when its director first called the movie “a movement.”

Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t love the movie for its entertainment value…and, er, “scenery.”

And on that note, here are a few more promotional pics for the film with Henry Golding as Nick Young.

 

And if you’re still hungry to ogle the hot young men starring in the film, head on over to the Cut for a full rundown.

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9 thoughts on “‘Crazy Rich’ Film Puts Spotlight on Some Sexy Asian Men

  • September 5, 2018 at 6:40 am
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    Yesss! 😀 I’m happy the film is a success and I really wish this film would make the asian men more attractive to white women.

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  • September 5, 2018 at 7:17 am
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    Mine little one is cuter 😉 ( half south chinese/ half Russian jewish) and awhile back I read that they offered formthenauthor to do an am/wf movie of crazy rich asians, but he rejected it…

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    • September 5, 2018 at 3:10 pm
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      Thanks for the comment Sveta…ha ha, I’m not going to argue with you on that! 🙂

      Yes, that is true they wanted to do that initially, and it would have been a mistake to whitewash the Rachel Chu character for a lot of reasons, including that it would have changed the story.

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  • September 6, 2018 at 9:30 pm
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    Like seriously the guy only looks like ” half Asian ” which isn’t good enough. I rather trust Korean’s men’s K-pop, K-drama or Japanese male celebrities in anime shows because that’s what really changing the female perception. K-pop boybands are doing a gazillion billion times more to help the image of Asian men than some asian mix race dude who don’t look anything special other than mix race of asian-whte . Look at BTS a Korean boyband who are currently the world most famous boybands. winning America’s billboard, grammy award, breaking world records. Those guys are pure Asians. We see hundred millions of girls from Europe, Latin America, Australia, United States going crazy for BTS and for other K-pop boybands. And so many females now watch Asian dramas especially Korean ones. It’s a good thing youtube existed since western media doesn’t want to sexualize Asian men ( don’t know for what reason ).

    As a Asian guy I admit I was shy about dating white girl even though I’m 6’3 tall and well built. I couldn’t have much confidence because I worried girls would make fun of my accent and my English. However I never complained because it’s my problem and I know other Asian guys with no problem getting white girls and have a lot more confidence than me.

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    • September 8, 2018 at 4:05 pm
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      I agree. What “Crazy Rich Asians” has managed to achieve is to bring Asian-ness into the mainstream while breaking the mold that has historically been imposed on Asians in media representation. In this regard, the movie has been a cultural phenomenon that is comparable to “Black Panther” for black Americans.

      However, in terms of presenting Asian men in a positive, sexually desirable light, I don’t think the movie has been much help. In any case, the real breakthrough in this area, as you pointed out, came with the rise of K-pop. White girls drool over guys like G-Dragon and the boys of BTS, but it’s hard for me to imagine white girls doing the same with Henry Golding (who isn’t even full Asian).

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  • September 7, 2018 at 8:38 am
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    Understandably, representation and diversity may be big issues to Asian Americans. But for us Chinese Malaysians we don’t care or give a hoot. We have tons of Asian movies to watch and we are all there. Hollwood can remain stuck in a one dimensional rut for all they want and rot there. We are happy with ourselves. That said, Crazy Rich Asians was worth watching. But unlike what none have mentioned, the mahjong scene was brilliant. That was where everything came together for the opposing protagonists. Eleanor won because Rachel conceded and the dragon mum knew… hahaha. And the confirmation she needed to accede to her son’s relationship with the woman he loves.

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  • September 8, 2018 at 12:58 pm
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    “Crazy rich Asian” story is reflection of how my family fight racism in western world. You do not beg for mercy. You win with your power.

    Just as start of story, Young family simply bought the whole damn hotel (and fired the racist staff) when it refuses the family as guests!

    For personal interest, people have no problem betraying their race, ethnicity, even morality! As Karl Marx said people even willing to risk their life for profit (most people are mercenaries by nature!).

    “Wealth is power” – Adam Smith.
    “if you want to persuade appeal to interest not to reason.” – Ben Franklin

    ” With adequate profit, capital is very bold. A certain 10 per cent. will ensure its employment anywhere; 20 per cent. certain will produce eagerness; 50 per cent., positive audacity; 100 per cent. will make it ready to trample on all human laws; 300 per cent., and there is not a crime at which it will scruple, nor a risk it will not run, even to the chance of its owner being hanged”. -Karl Marx

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  • September 8, 2018 at 9:53 pm
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    Personal anecdote

    The institute where I am working at had its own share of racial bias or discrimination. But it is almost human nature for nepotism in most human ethnic groups (except Mongols who displays the least such behavior starting from Genghis Khan).

    After decade’s personal investment in stock market, I have enough assets to purchase the very institute of my work. I let the administration know that I only work here as hobby now and can quit any time. If I ever come back, I will be the owner of this place.

    All of sudden, any racist behavior and comments vanished around me. When I have any disagreement with anyone, all others almost automatically side with me on any issue. Wow, the world becomes perfect for me now. Indeed, people are willing to betray their ethnic loyalty in front of power.

    “Wealth, as Mr. Hobbes says, is power. But the person who either acquires, or succeeds to a great fortune, does not necessarily acquire or succeed to any political power, either civil or military. His fortune may, perhaps, afford him the means of acquiring both, but the mere possession of that fortune does not necessarily convey to him either. The power which that possession immediately and directly conveys to him, is the power of purchasing; a certain command over all the labour, or over all the produce of labour, which is then in the market. His fortune is greater or less, precisely in proportion to the extent of this power; or to the quantity either of other men’s labour, or, what is the same thing, of the produce of other men’s labour, which it enables him to purchase or command. The exchangeable value of everything must always be precisely equal to the extent of this power which it conveys to its owner.” – Adam Smith.

    Best way to fight injustice is becoming rich on you own!

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