The trailer for the upcoming film “Joy Ride” is out now, and it promises to be a wild journey. The film, directed by “Crazy Rich Asians” filmmaker Adele Lim and produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, follows four women as they travel across Asia in search of one character’s birth mother.
The group consists of Audrey, played by Ashley Park, who teams up with her childhood best friend Lolo (Sherry Cola), her former college roommate who is now a Chinese soap star (Stephanie Hsu), and her unconventional cousin Deadeye (Sabrina Wu). Along the way, they find themselves caught up in everything from cocaine smuggling to K-Pop star impersonating, but ultimately discover the importance of friendship and self-discovery.
In an interview with Variety, Lim explained that the film is more than just a raunchy comedy and aims to redefine the portrayal of Asian women in media. “There’s a history of being exoticized, fetishized and sexualized, but through a white male point of view. The solution is not to strip away the fun and the sexuality; we wanted to tell a story, but on our terms. It’s a story about friendship that shows that we can be messy and thirsty with problems but from the female gaze,” she said.
“Joy Ride” is set to hit theaters on July 7, 2023. Until then, fans can enjoy the trailer and prepare for the wild ride ahead.