The first Western-produced film with an exclusively Asian cast in more than 25 years.
Based on a novel by the same name. The book the film is based on is the first part of a trilogy by Kevin Kwan
In the novels Eleanor Young is friends with Carol Tai, who married Dato Tai Toh Liu. In real life Michelle Yeoh (who plays Eleanor) was given the title of "dato" (similar to English knighthood) by the Sultan of Perak.
Michelle Yeoh and Harry Shum Jr. previously starred in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016)