'Crazy Rich Asians' author wanted in Singapore over national service

The film had its Singapore premiere on Tuesday night ahead of local release on Wednesday but Kwan was not among the cast or crew in attendance.

"Mr Kevin Kwan failed to register for NS in 1990 despite letters sent to his overseas address", said the Ministry in a statement sent to the BBC.

Male Singapore citizens are required to undergo two years of national service upon turning 18.

Kevin Kwan, who has lived in the USA since he was 11 but is still a Singapore citizen, faces up to three years in jail and a hefty fine if convicted, the city-state's defence ministry said. Director Jon M. Chu is also planning to return and direct the sequels as soon as the script is ready and Warner Bros gives its full green-light."Let the audience ask for the sequel", Nina Jacobson told Deadline in an interview.

"He also stayed overseas without a valid exit permit", the official added. It said authorities rejected his application in 1994 to renounce his Singaporean citizenship without serving the mandatory national service. "Mr. Kwan is therefore wanted for defaulting on his NS obligations". If convicted of draft-dodging, Kwan faces a three-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $7,300 (S$10,000).

This is no ordinary followup in our Age of Sequels; the second film will be based once again on author Kevin Kwan's work, this time on the actual Crazy Rich Asians sequel, China Rich Girlfriend. 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.

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.

Crazy Rich Asians was filmed entirely on location in Singapore and Malaysia.

  • Marlene Weaver