“Crazy Rich Asians” made headlines this summer for being the first Hollywood film in a quarter of a century to feature a main cast entirely comprised of actors of Asian heritage. The movie hits Japanese cinemas this weekend, but audiences here are obviously used to all-Asian casts.
A bigger draw may be that the film is just a really good romantic comedy. While romantics overseas may be wishing on a star that the success of “Crazy Rich Asians” — or the Netflix film “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” — might lead to a genuine rom-com boom, doe-eyed fans of the genre in Japan have plenty of films or TV series to revisit for a passion pick-me-up. Star-crossed lovers, disapproving family members, fashionable excess — some things really are universal.
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