Crazy Rich Asians: Five Set Locations You Can Visit in Malaysia
Crazy Rich Asians is the current big hit movie in cinemas across the globe and there are many film sets to visit in Malaysia from this movie. With a top Malaysian actors and actresses, the movie showcases some of Malaysia’s most glittering sights. Here is the Crazy Rich Asian movie set checklist compiled by Tourism Malaysia.
ABOUT THE MOVIE CRAZY RICH ASIANS
Crazy Rich Asians is a romantic comedy movie about a wealthy Singaporean heir from one of the island’s best families, who brings home his Asian-American girlfriend to be introduced to his family in Singapore. Only then does the girlfriend, realise that her boyfriend is a “crazy rich Asian” and has to keep up with all the gossip, glitz and glamour while trying to win over the heart of his domineering mother.
The movie, adapted from Kevin Kwan’s book by the same title, is directed by Jon M. Chu, and has an all-Asian cast, including Malaysian stars Henry Golding as Nick Young and Michelle Yeoh as his mother, Eleanor Young.
Carcosa Seri Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
In the movie, Carcosa Seri Negara is the ancestral estate of Eleanor Young at Tyersall Park. In reality, the twin buildings played an iconic role in Malaysia’s journey to independence. Historically, it was home to Malaya’s first British resident, Frank Swettenham. Later was made into a luxury hotel where Queen Elizabeth II once stayed, and socialites gathered for their popular afternoon high teas.
The Kuala Lumpur mansion, located on a hill near the Perdana Botanical Gardens, is currently being transformed into the Asian Heritage Museum. The museum will see a collection of artefacts from China and the Malay Archipelago. It will also including salvaged treasure from sunken ships, drums, keris and swords, etc.
Film Sets in Malaysia: Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in Penang
In the movie, there is a courtyard mahjong scene between Eleanor and Rachel. This was filmed at the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion in Penang, affectionately called the Blue Mansion. This building was once owned by a notable Chinese merchant who lavished his wealth on its construction.
He envisioned his home to have exacting feng shui elements. It soon became a showcase for his wealth through imported finishings such as Scottish cast iron columns, English art-nouveau stained glass windows, and Stoke-on-Trent floor tiles.
Today, the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion in Penang has become a living museum and boutique hotel located within the George Town UNESCO Heritage site. Many cultural and heritage attractions, as well as some of the best Malaysian street food, are located within the area. Penang is only one hour away by flight from Kuala Lumpur.
Film Sets in Malaysia: Langkawi Island
Apparently, shots of Colin Khoo’s bachelor party in the movie were filmed on Langkawi Island, referred to as “Rawa Island” in the movie. Langkawi is actually a cluster of 99 glorious islands with beautiful emerald waters, stretches of white sandy beaches and geological formations that are said to be more than half a billion years old.
It has been endorsed as a UNESCO Global Geopark, the first in Southeast Asia, thanks to the stunning landscapes, karsts, caves, sea arches, stacks, and other geological formations of Langkawi. This beautiful island is a natural paradise that will charm all those looking for an idyllic island holiday, surrounded by thick rainforests, the sun and the sea
Film Sets in Malaysia: Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
The plush hen party for Araminta Lee in the movie was filmed at the super luxurious Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. Parties aside, the classy resort also caters to those looking for peace and quiet amid natural landscapes and mile-long white sandy beaches.
Tucked away within the Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark, the resort is a cluster of Malay-style pavilions and villas that offer quiet, romantic havens for guests. A Geo Spa pampers adults with wellness treatments based on local traditions, while children are made to feel special with the Kids For All Seasons programme.
With Langkawi’s rich natural environment conveniently at its doorstep, be prepared to explore the outdoors with a resident naturalist, or on your own at the Geopark Discovery Centre where Langkawi’s diverse ecosystems and natural attributes are showcased. With daily flights to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur on a variety of local airlines, paradise is only one hour’s flight away.
Film Sets in Malaysia: Astor Bar, St. Regis Kuala Lumpur
Not many recognise The Astor Bar at St Regis Kuala Lumpur in the movie due to its transformation into a jewellery boutique, but apparently, it made the scene where character Astrid Teo aka The Goddess is introduced.
The bar, with its old-world charm and modern elegance of rich leather, black-and-gold marble and brass accents, is located within the recently-opened St. Regis Kuala Lumpur.
Those wanting to re-live the Crazy Rich Asians movie may visit the bar and enjoy an extensive offering of champagne, spirits and fine vintage wines while smoking on choice cigars and sampling their signature dishes such as the royal king crab served the highly-prized Oscietra caviar and truffle cream. These delicious dishes are served under a breathtaking domed ceiling clad in handmade Italian gold tiles.
And, for a limited time only, Astor Bar has concocted a special cocktail, “The Astrid,” to celebrate its appearance in the film. The drink, a mixture of Jose Cuervo silver tequila, pomegranate juice, lemon bitters and elderflower foam, taken in the gilded setting of The Astor, is the perfect way to fantasise about being a crazy rich Asian.