For Director Jon M. Chu, it was an impassioned letter that made all the difference in getting his hands on Coldplay’s song.
Crazy Rich Asians may be the hottest rom-com ticket in town bringing in an impressive $34 million over its five-day opening weekend, making it the “best-performing comedy since last year’s Girls Trip,” according to Wired Magazine. It’s also the first wide release Hollywood movie with an all-Asian cast in the 25 years since The Joy Luck Club hit theaters back in 1993—and it’s anticipated to do even better this weekend.
For some, that’s due in no small part to the movie’s soundtrack, which features predominantly Asian artists as well.
— Peter Fox (@thatpeterfox) August 20, 2018
With a track list carefully curated by Chu and music supervisor Gabe Hilfer (who compiled a list of nearly 100 songs about money) the soundtrack boasts some killer reimagined hits like Coldplay’s Yellow performed by Katherine Ho, Madonna’s Material Girl (200Du) by Sally Yeh, and Barrett Strong’s famously covered Beatles’ tune, Money (That’s What I Want) hotly redone by 19 year-old Cheryl K. and one of the movie’s supporting cast members, rapper Awkwafina.
But to Chu, it was Coldplay’s Yellow that he most wanted to see on the soundtrack.
That’s because, as Chu said in the heartfelt letter he originally sent the band, and only recently released publicly, requesting the Chris Martin and company’s permission to use the song, it:
…became an anthem for me and my friends and gave us a new sense of pride we never felt before…
Read Chu’s letter to the band in its entirety below for yourself:
It seems fans of both the film and the soundtrack noticed the effort:
Does anyone find it ironic how the final song played in Crazy Rich Asians was a Chinese cover of Coldplay’s hit song “Yellow”?
— Cole Young (@cgyoung) August 19, 2018
I never knew I needed the Chinese version of Yellow until I saw Crazy Rich Asians. pic.twitter.com/5ozrX3C0vK
— matthew (@ItsMatttthew) August 19, 2018
I am in awe.
Yellow was such a perfect song to end Crazy Rich Asians. My heart is full.
— kaylyn (@schmaylyn) August 20, 2018
Folks were moved by Chu’s vulnerability and passion after seeing the letter:
Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu has released the letter he personally wrote to Coldplay in the hopes of licensing their song “Yellow” for the film https://t.co/r54qTCAyBC
— Vulture (@vulture) August 19, 2018
… And i'm crying again pic.twitter.com/8K1JtkmcpV
— Monica Chon (@MonicaChon) August 20, 2018
This letter from the director of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Coldplay is a masterpiece of emotional intelligence https://t.co/7nNb6aBBe3
— Inc. (@Inc) August 20, 2018
Director of Crazy Rich Asians @jonmchu had to ask Coldplay for permission to use the Mandarin cover of Yellow in the closing scene, stating “If we’re going to be called yellow, we’re going to make it beautiful.” pic.twitter.com/v0MR2oVbFB
— Bodak Yellow Claw (@RJFuerte) August 20, 2018
And these Twitter users gave us all a glimpse at the rest of the story:
— Andrea Diep (@diep_thoughts) August 20, 2018
crazy rich asians director jon m. chu on his decision to put in a chinese-sung cover of yellow by coldplay at the end of the movie. i’m going to be thinking about this all day. pic.twitter.com/IcapXcXjpF
— alora lang (@lovetaphope) August 18, 2018
So it turns out that Coldplay ended up inadvertently doing with Yellow what Chu hopes to do with his vision of Kevin Kwan’s blockbuster book Crazy Rich Asians on the big screen:
…give a whole generation of Asian-Americans, and others, the same sense of pride I got when I heard your song. . . I want them all to have anthem that makes them feel as beautiful as your words and melody made me feel when I needed it most.
If you haven’t seen the movie or the trailer yet, you might wanna peep this: