Amid Its Huge Success, Crazy Rich Asians Sequel Is Coming

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

The author of "Crazy Rich Asians", which has been adapted into a hit Hollywood movie, is wanted in his native Singapore for allegedly dodging mandatory national service, authorities said Wednesday.

Kwan "failed to register for the National Service in 1990, despite notices and letters sent to his overseas address", responded a ministry official. He also didn't have the right permit for a long term stay overseas, the Ministry said.

"Mr. Kwan has committed offences under the Enlistment Act, and is liable to a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 3 years upon conviction", said the statement from Singapore's Ministry of Defence.

"Crazy Rich Asians" star Henry Golding was mistaken for a crew member by his co-star because he was so "humble".

Kwan has yet to comment on the claim. Kwan, 44-who moved to Houston as an 11-year-old and reportedly became an American at 18-was noticeably absent from the film's Singapore premiere on Tuesday. And in the case of Crazy Rich Asians, it seems the adage rings true.

While it has been widely praised in the United States, the movie has drawn flak in Singapore for focusing on the wealthy ethnic Chinese and ignoring the country's substantial minorities. With a target on her back, she has to fend off catty socialites and hold her own against Nick's domineering mother (Michelle Yeoh) while remaining true to herself.

"Crazy Rich Asians" topped the USA box office on its first release, raking in an impressive $34 million over the last five days. Warner Bros. has the options for Kwan's entire trilogy.

But the scenes of excess are a far cry from the true lifestyles of Singapore's ultra-wealthy, who often lead more conservative, low-key existences than their peers in other parts of Asia.

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