‘Crazy Rich Asians’ part of ‘revolution’ for representation of Asians on screen – star

admin   •   September 5, 2018   •   4391

 

Actress Constance Wu as Rachel Chu in Crazy Rich Asians movie | Courtesy to Warner Bros. via Reuters

Romantic comedy ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ hits UK cinemas on September 14th as the first Hollywood studio film featuring a large Asian cast in 25 years. Its cast hopes it is part of a “revolution” for more representation of Asians on screen.

The romantic comedy tells the story of an Asian-American New Yorker who goes to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s wealthy and tradition-bound family of Chinese descent is based on the 2013 best-selling book of the same name by Kevin Kwan.

The last Hollywood studio film to feature a large Asian cast was “The Joy Luck Club” in 1993.

Twenty-seven-year-old Londoner and financial services worker of Chinese heritage, Nicola Wong, said on Tuesday (September 4) she grew up seeing few Asian actors on screen.

However with the prospect of viewers getting to see more people of their own ethnicity on the big screen, it could help the next generation “deal with their own personal issues,” she said.

Showing people of different races on screen is important for showing reality, she added.

For actress Jung Lusi, who plays the fiancee of lead character Nick Young’s friend, the film is part of a revolution for Asian actors to play “normal characters.”

“To be standing here as part of that revolution… I can’t believe I’m part of it,” she added.

The U.S. box office saw an August surge partly due to the film’s success. It topped the domestic box office for the third week in a row following its release on August 15, with a cumulative U.S. domestic gross nearing 120 million dollars. — Reuters

Philippines hailed as Asia’s leading beach and dive destination

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has been hailed as ‘Asia’s Leading Beach Destination’ by the World Travel Awards 2021.

The other nominees are India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. The country also bested other contenders for Asia’s Leading Dive Destination, leading against Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat welcomed the said recognition and expressed her gratitude towards the government and the citizens who continue to promote the country’s tourist attractions.

“We share this recognition with our tourism stakeholders, local government units, partner agencies, and all Filipinos who have been helping us promote our country’s attractions, products, and culture,” she said.

This is the fifth time the country has been recognized as Asia’s Leading Beach Destination, and the third time as Asia’s Leading Dive Destination. AAC

Hollywood production springs back to life with new COVID-19 measures on set

UNTV News   •   July 14, 2020

Members of Hollywood’s film community are back at work after safety guidelines were approved by the state of California.

One of the first productions, “7th & Union,” began filming after being approved to proceed by the acting union, SAG AFTRA. The filmmakers claim the production is one of only two to get the green light.

“We’re one of the first to go filming here in Los Angeles and it’s been kind of a trial and error,” said the film’s producer Christopher Acebo, adding “SAG AFTRA has been wonderful to work in terms of the process but we’ve had to set up various guidelines and safety based on the guidelines that came out, maybe, two or three weeks ago from the state of California.”

“It’s been a learning process, obviously. We have a situation where we are making a movie and also having to wear masks, also having to stay six feet away from each other, as well as adhere to a variety of safety protocols and temperature checks in the morning and also everybody on set getting tested for COVID,” Acebo said.

The filmmakers deliberately drew up their production schedule to leave extra time for anything unexpected and also kept scenes as simple as possible.

Acebo said, “Part of what we are doing right now is we are doing a lot of the smaller scenes, the scenes that require the least amount of cast members at first and then we’re in open space and open locations so that’s also been really, really helpful in terms of the shape of the film and how we’re able to keep safety and how that shape of the film is working.”

The safety protocols aren’t the only thing that has changed on the set; the new power hierarchy means safety monitors who patrol the set have the final say in ensuring everybody is working to the guidelines.

“Right now our safety monitors have the power to stop our filming. If someone doesn’t feel safe, if someone doesn’t feel that someone else is complying with the rules that have been set up, they can speak with the EMT or the COVID manager and we have to stop and deal with that issue as it comes up, so they kind of do have ultimate authority on the space that we’re occupying right now,” Acebo said.

“7th & Union,” which is an immigrant story about an unlikely friendship, is aiming to wrap production within the next fortnight with the film to be completed by October. (Reuters)

(Production: Sandra Stojanovic/Rollo Ross)

First ‘green lane’ for seafarers in Asia now open in the Philippines

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The country has opened the first “green lane” for seafarers in Asia to allow the free movement of seafarers and personnel across borders.

The Philippine Green Lane Joint Circular, which took effect upon signing on Thursday (July 2), was created by the Philippine government to ensure that seafarers are accorded speedy and safe travel, subject to health protocols mandated by the Philippine government.

It intends to provide safe and swift disembarkation and crew change during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for both Filipino and foreign seafarers whether inbound, outbound or transiting.

The Joint Circular will also facilitate the creation of controlled travel corridors to open the Philippines for people-to-people and economic exchange and stimulate the country’s economy amidst its ongoing bout against the pandemic.

The signing ceremony was held at the Department of Foreign Affairs office led by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin together with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and representatives from the Department of Health Bureau of Quarantine among other officials.

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