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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and porn wealth

By Eric Montano

If there is a thing as poverty porn allegedly reflected in some of national artists Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal sensitive and quality films, then there must be also films we can call the porn of wealth as shown in dumb and meaningless teleseryes and a few Hollywood movies like this recent Asian-inspired movie that for some moviegoers find vulgar and hollow.

And why should we expect it as special and outstanding? Hollywood is nothing but a factory of fantasy and escapist entertainment that preserve and promote American interests.

Its stand is always biased, one-sided and lures the whole world, being its major clients, to toe the line at whatever costs. Then they call it globalization but does not encourage other nations and cultures.

Anyway back to the movie, there is nothing new and spectacular to crow about except being an Asian-inspired movie, though more of a Chinese one starred by Chinese actors in Korean teleserye-like drama. It’s the same story all over again and again.

The movie, touted as a best-selling novel written by an Americanized Chinese was obviously meant for American audience programmed to “live happily ever after.”

While yes, Asian rich people has the right to share their life, why must their story has no meaning and their excessive parties flaunted?They do not help raise human consciousness which supposedly global artists are expected to come up. The movie is just another run-of-the-mill and formulaic “Hollywoodish” way.

But expect young people-the so-called millennials  and yuppies (young professionals) to be fascinated and talking about it like something to aspire for.

“It’s a modern-day Cinderella with a Chinese twist,” observes one posting in Facebook.

“Here comes “Miss Saigon” again and she falls victim to Chinese conservatism,” remarks another.

Good thing she ended up accepted in a roaring lavish party atop an iconic building and we are left envious of their “lucky stars.”

Maybe it’s better to migrate somewhere else, say like Mars then we won’t be watching stupid, crazy stuff of our Asian fellowmen.

Photo courtesy of CAAMFEST

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