The brand new Netflix present Bling Empire is being touted as a real-life Loopy Wealthy Asians, and that is undoubtedly one piece of the present, however once you watch extra episodes (there are eight complete), you may see there’s far more to it than meets the attention. There are many gorgeously coordinated events however Bling Empire additionally seems to be an exploration of identification for a couple of of the principle solid members.
The present could appear like a Bravo castoff or a companion to Promoting Sundown, Netflix’s vapid and claws-out collection about blonde realtors in L.A., however you may quickly discover extra underneath the layers of its Asian solid at lavish events, happening spending sprees, and draped in designer garments and footwear. Bling Empire makes use of the grotesque opulence to hook viewers, however in a refreshing twist, that is not all there’s.
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The collection places good-looking mannequin/actor Kevin Kreider on the heart, and as he is new-ish to Los Angeles, he is rapidly befriended by a gaggle of very sparkly, prosperous associates. His fundamental buddy is Kane Lim, the son of a Singapore billionaire, who works for his father’s enterprise. Kane is Kevin’s social navigator and introduces him to Kim Lee, who’s a well-known DJ in East Asia and is tremendous near her mom and stepfather. Kim needs to search out her organic father and a few the later episodes dedicate time to discovering him, with Kevin and Kane lending their assist to the matter.
Within the function of “Most Probably To Land on a Bravo Actual Housewives Present” is Christine Chiu, the spouse of a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and the mom to one-year-old “Child G,” because the child is referred to. Chiu is a couture trend hunter-gatherer who tries so onerous to be the queen bee of the social group, however alas, she’s not fairly as much as the duty.
Lovely and candy Kelly Mi Li is a part of the group however her storyline appears to be principally as a possible romantic accomplice for Kevin, however sadly, she’s nonetheless hung up on her on-again, off-again temperamental boyfriend Andrew Grey, whose greatest credit score is that he as soon as portrayed a Energy Ranger. Insert chef’s kiss gif right here.
Fashionista and influencer Jaime Xie is the daughter of one other insanely wealthy guardian, and whereas she’s good at spending her household’s fortune on couture, she additionally makes some huge cash in her personal proper. You is perhaps inclined to shrug her off, however when she talks about making $40,000-$60,000 for an Instagram post, you begin to take her extra severely.
Essentially the most compelling character of the present comes out of left area. Not like the opposite solid members, Anna Shay is at the least 60 years previous if she’s a day. A Beverly Hills socialite who performs the queen bee function very nicely, Shay is the daughter of the late billionaire entrepreneur Edward Shay and his Japanese-American spouse Ai-San. Her father based Pacific Architects and Engineers (PAE), a contractor of protection providers that specialised, at the least partially, in top-secret work for the United Nations and U.S. authorities. In 2006, Anna and her youthful brother Allen bought PAE to Lockheed Martin in an all-cash, $1.2 billion deal. She lives a life many people dream of: flying to Paris on a personal jet on a whim, dropping a great deal of dough on garments, jewellery, and different trinkets wherever she could also be on this planet, and throwing events at her mansion the place the group convenes to speak about one another and gossip about Anna’s non-public life. The actually great factor about Anna is how little she cares about impressing anybody and the way expert she is at studying individuals and realizing their motives. Pay additional shut consideration to when Anna and Christine work together. No spoilers right here however it’s so definitely worth the watch only for these scenes.
Fortunately, Bling Empire seems to be greater than a Bravo wannabe. This is hoping Netflix orders extra episodes as a result of these tales of creating your method in a brand new metropolis, and one as socially and culturally complicated as Los Angeles, and discovering associates you may bond with, are common and should be informed.
TV Information score: 4/5
Bling Empire premieres Friday, Jan. 15 on Netflix.