“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!”
Of course, for Exhibit A, just consider Nick Young, played by Henry Golding:
Or, more specifically, that one memorable scene in the movie:
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.
What do you think of Crazy Rich Asians?