Feel like the book resonates best with Asian Americans who sometimes return to an Asian country to be considered an outsider there, as well as a minority in America. Depiction of Singaporean Asians focuses on the elite and wealthy related to the main character's love interest - who happens to be Han Chinese, not intended to represent all Singaporeans as some people lament. It's not an all-inclusive history and overview of an entire nation, and it is not meant to represent random groups irrelevant to the story line as some people appear to expect. The book was a slice of life of a small segment of a society viewed from a particular angle, and I loved both the book and the wonderfully choreographed and directed movie. Very talented actors and actresses.
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I gave it one star cause that's the least you can do, and a second for excellence of ambition. Execution gets no stars at all. This movie is an unfortunate waste of resources; it's formulaic in the worst ways and not at all funny.
Just watched it after its digital release here mere days ago & what a wonderfully entertaining film with excellent casting, acting, writing, cinematography, and enjoyment all throughout. The bang of a beginning is such a triumphant feeling for so many Asian-Americans (and the diaspora) who know just the feeling it touches. The huge story's arc across continents, cultures, families, and eras of life is universally understandable & thus the film's deserved popularity. You'll cheer and jeer for the story as it happens. I'm so happy it's out on digital medium now for repeated enjoyment with the few who didn't see it already.
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