Jon M. Chu interview

Crazy Rich Asians is helping to bring a so-so summer moviegoing season to an end with a bang. Director Jon M. Chu has not only made a romantic comedy that’s the sort of charming, character-driven studio spectacle we want but rarely see this time of year, but also a movie that’s touching a lot of audiences. For Chu, who previously directed two of the finest Step Up films and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the incredible response to his adaptation of  Kevin Kwan‘s bestselling novel has been emotional and surprising.

Chu has made a romantic comedy oozing with charm, genuine romance, and visual splendor. With star-driven romantic comedies seemingly dying out, the electric chemistry between Candace Wu and Henry Golding is a breath of fresh air and makes for some exceptional escapism. It’s a complete and utter joy. Recently, Chu spoke with us about the romance at the center of the story, the response to the film so far, his collaborations with Kevin Kwan and the cast, and some of the movie’s standout scenes.

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G.I. JOE: RETALIATION

As his latest film Now You See Me 2 prepares for a summer release, director Jon M. Chu has lined up his next magic trick: he’s going to conjure up an adaptation of Kevin Kwan‘s 2013 novel Crazy Rich Asians. The project sounds miles away from the action- and dance-driven spectacles that Chu’s built his career on, and not just because it takes place on the other side of the Pacific.  Read More »