As if the film's cinematography and direction weren't enough, box office hit Crazy Rich Asians also presents us with one amazing soundtrack. From the start, director Jon M. Chu wanted to take hit American songs and make them Chinese "to give audiences a sense of how we feel as Asian Americans."
Those who have already been able to watch the film can't help but marvel at the Mandarin cover of Coldplay's "Yellow," performed by 19-year-old Chinese-American singer Katherine Ho. How did Jon convince the band (and Warner Bros.) to let him use the track?
Jon sent them a letter explaining why he wanted to use the song and how much the word "yellow" meant to him and fellow Asians. "From being called [yellow] in a derogatory way throughout grade school, to watching movies where they called cowardly people yellow, it's always had a negative connotation in my life. That is, until I heard your song," he wrote. And within 24 hours of sending the letter, Coldplay approved his request to license it!
The film's soundtrack also includes Chinese jazz numbers from the '60s. For the younger generation, these tracks make us nostalgic for things that we were never able to experience—witnessing the first moon-landing, watching The Beatles, going to old-fashioned dance parties.
The soundtrack is a mix of old and new favorites, too. There's a Cantonese version of Madonna's "Material Girl" (200 Du), a cover of "Can't Help Falling In Love," and the memorable opening theme, "Waiting For Your Return."
Check out the full soundtrack here:
P.S. The score is also AMAZING.
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