Jon M. Chu made an excellent movie, but it has little things that he’d like to address in the future.
They say that directing a feature is just a collection of knowledge that you can use on your next project. Well, for Jon M. Chu, that seems true. His blockbuster 2018, Crazy rich Asians was a huge success.
While under unfair pressure to represent all of Asia, Chu took the opportunity and directed a hilarious romantic comedy that did a great job of bringing the novel to screen.
The film was recently scrutinized for its dealings with South Asian cultures and characters. Chu responded to the criticism and told insider he wished he had made the characters “more human.”
The main problem is that these South Asians really only appear in the film as guardians or servants in submissive roles.
Chu explained, “This is a lesson I didn’t understand until it happened. I thought this was a book that existed and I am making this book into a movie. I cannot add a new character to this book.”
But after making the movie, Chu gave it a second thought, knowing he could have expanded these characters. One scene in particular is about the characters of Rachel and Peik Lin who got lost on their way to a party when they encounter a guard. These guards circle their car and scare them.
“Looking back, I should have made a joke [for the guards] “To be” those idiots, “Chu said,” there are things to be done to make them more human, rather than just these guards. ”
These are really interesting thoughts and give a general idea of what we might get in a sequel to the movie. But there is a lot of pressure on a person to bring any culture to the screen and develop it. That can’t be the standard.
Hollywood needs to make more films that focus on these different cultures and have their own stories on the big screen. As Chu continued to tell Insider, “Look, we need more films, you need more filmmakers so it’s not based on a film.”
We’ll see if Hollywood gets the news.
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