Since its premiere in Singapore last week, Crazy Rich Asians has been receiving a warm reception from local filmgoers curious to see how their country is portrayed in the much hyped Hollywood caper. The film topped the Singapore box office in its opening week with ticket sales of $2.5 million.
Being an American production set in Singapore, however, it was somewhat inevitable that the filmmakers would commit mistakes in their depiction of the city-state, although these would probably fly over the heads of most viewers outside of Singapore.
While the film has been accused of not portraying multi-cultural Singapore accurately, such as a lack of Singlish dialogue and an absence of key characters who are Malay or Indian, in this instance, we are talking about scene bloopers featuring things that could not possibly have occurred in Singapore.
Here are some flubs from the movie (may contain minor spoilers):
Wedding at Supertree Grove?
The climactic and lavish wedding reception of Colin Khoo and Araminta Lee was held at Gardens by the Bay under the “supertrees” – the park’s iconic man-made tree-like vertical gardens. That makes for a pretty shot of a tourist attraction, but the Supertree Grove is not available for hire for private events. While there are certain venues for private hire within the Gardens, none of those venues are right under the supertrees, which is a public space. The authorities wouldn’t have allowed a wedding to pose an inconvenience to parkgoers, no matter how crazy rich the newlyweds were.
Where did all the fireworks come from?
In their bid to jazz up the party scenes, the filmmakers threw in fireworks over Marina Bay Sands and also during the wedding reception at Gardens by the Bay. But Singapore has very strict regulations on the use of fireworks – fireworks displays are usually seen only during the National Day Parade or New Year celebrations. Pyrotechnic displays organised by the very rich are unheard of in rules-based Singapore.
White lanterns at party?
During the segment where Nick Young’s grandmother Shang Su Yi threw a big party at their sprawling Tyersall Park property, white and red lanterns can be seen in the garden. White lanterns would normally only be used at a funeral in Singapore and would be considered inauspicious among Chinese at a social occasion.
Questionable sense of direction
In a few scenes where the characters are travelling in cars, they appear to be going in the opposite direction of their intended destinations.
In one scene where the couple Astrid Leong and Michael Teo are headed towards the wedding at CHIJMES, they are going in the wrong direction as they cross Sheares Bridge. In another scene, a character is going to Changi Airport but is travelling in the opposite direction along the East Coast Parkway. These gaffes wouldn’t have gone unnoticed among motorists in car-mad Singapore.
Did you spot any other mistakes in Crazy Rich Asians? If so, let us know in the comments below!
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