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Michelle Yeoh

Lowest Rated:   6% Babylon A.D. (2008)
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Birthplace:   Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Best known in the West for her role as Wai Lin in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) before her international breakout role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Michelle Yeoh is not your ordinary Bond girl. Her elegant good looks coupled with a killer high kick have made Yeoh one of the most popular martial arts stars in Asia and one of Hong Kong's most famous icons abroad.Born on August 6, 1962, in the mining town of Ipoh, in Western Malaysia, Yeoh's ethnically Chinese parents taught her Malay and English well before she learned Cantonese. She began ballet dancing at the age of four, and, inspired by Fame (1980), she enrolled in England's Royal Academy of Dance, where she eventually earned a B.A. Though a back injury ended her career as a ballerina, she returned to her home country to be crowned Miss Malaysia of 1983. From there, she appeared in a television commercial with Jackie Chan which caught the attention of a fledgling film production company called D&B Films. Taking the stage name Michelle Khan, she acted in bit parts in a number of forgettable films until her breakout role in the girls-with-guns action-comedy Yes, Madam! (1985) alongside noted kung-fu femme fatal Cynthia Rothrock. Though she did not know any martial arts before signing on to the film, Yeoh reportedly spent nine hours a day in the gym, working out and learning to take a punch. She had come a long way from the Royal Academy of Dance. Within the first five minutes of Madam, Yeoh emasculates a flasher and wastes a quartet of thieves. Yeoh immediately became one of Hong Kong's biggest female action stars and was soon appearing in films at a dizzying rate. Always performing her own stunts, she teamed up again with Rothrock in the kung-fu fest Royal Warriors (1986), and she starred in a violent Thomas Crown Afffair remake, Easy Money (1987). While making the Indiana Jones-style action epic Magnificent Warriors (1987), she got engaged to department store tycoon and studio head Dickson Poon (the D in D&B Films). Taking the lead of earlier martial arts divas such as Angela Mao, Yeoh retired from the movie biz in 1988 and retreated to a life of quiet domesticity. It didn't last long. The marriage was not a happy one (the Hong Kong press reported -- falsely it turns out -- that Poon suffered two broken ribs after a well-placed kick) and it ended in divorce in 1992.Yeoh's career came roaring back after her show-stopping performance in Police Story 3: Super Cop (1992), where she matched the notoriously fearless Jackie Chan stunt for jaw-dropping stunt. At the beginning of the shoot, Chan was skeptical as to whether women could fight, preferring them to look pretty and to sit on the sidelines. By the end of the film, Chan was legitimately concerned that he might be upstaged. Yeoh's hair-raising high-speed motorcycle jump onto a moving train (she learned how to drive the motorbike the day before the stunt) was bested only by Chan's death-defying leap from a minaret to an airborne rope ladder hanging from a helicopter hundreds of feet above Kuala Lumpur. The film was a massive success, making Yeoh the highest paid actress in Asia. Now being billed as Michelle Yeoh, she starred in a string of popular action flicks, including Heroic Trio (1992) opposite Maggie Cheung and Anita Mui, Tai Chi Master (1993) along with kung-fu phenom Jet Li, and Wing Chun (1994), which is without a doubt the rockin'-est sockin'-est flick ever about tofu. Her career of high-flying stunts resulted in many a dislocated shoulder and broken rib, but in 1995, while shooting Ann Hui's Ah Kam, Yeoh managed to seriously injure herself. She misjudged a jump off an 18-foot wall (an easy stunt according to her) and landed on her head, cracking a vertebra. Yeoh was put in traction, and it was feared that she would never walk again. Yet within a month, she was back on the set as if nothing happened.The American release of Supercop caught the eyes of Western producers, and soon she was cast opposite Pierce

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Blazing Samurai
  • Yuki
2018
40% Morgan
  • Dr. Lui Cheng
$4M 2016
31% Mechanic: Resurrection
  • Mae
$21.3M 2016
19% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
  • Yu Shu-Lien
2016
No Score Yet Mechanic: Ressurection
  • Mei
2016
71% Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet Final Recipe
  • Julia
2013
35% The Lady
  • Aung San Suu Kyi
2012
81% Kung Fu Panda 2
  • The Soothsayer
$165.3M 2011
63% True Legend
  • Dr. Yu
$62.7k 2011
70% Jianyu (Reign of Assassins)
  • Zeng Jing
2010
6% Babylon A.D.
  • Sister Rebecca
$22.5M 2008
12% The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  • Zi Yuan
$101.7M 2008
30% The Children of Huang Shi
  • Madame Wang
$0.7M 2008
83% Far North
  • Saiva
2008
76% Sunshine
  • Corazon
$3.8M 2007
35% Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Mameha
$57M 2005
No Score Yet Chop-Socky: Cinema Hong Kong
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Fei ying (Silver Hawk)
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Chiseen
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Top Fighter: Lethal Lady
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Touch
  • Producer
  • Pak Yin Fay
  • Executive Producer
2003
No Score Yet Tai Chi Master
  • Actor
2003
97% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Yu Shu Lien
2001
No Score Yet Easy Money
  • Michelle Yeung
2001
No Score Yet Top Fighter 2: Deadly China Dolls
  • Actor
1999
57% Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Wai Lin
1997
No Score Yet Ah Kam
  • Ah Kam
1996
96% Supercop
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet The Soong Sisters
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet 7 jin gong (Wonder Seven)
  • Ying
1994
No Score Yet Wing Chun
  • Yim Wing Chun
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet Executioners
  • Actor
1993
88% The Heroic Trio (Dung fong saam hap)
  • Ching/San/Invisible Woman
1993
No Score Yet Butterfly and Sword
  • Lady Ko
1993
No Score Yet Holy Weapon
  • Actor
1993
64% Supercop 2
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Magnificent Warriors
  • Fok Ming-ming
1987
No Score Yet Royal Warriors
  • Michelle
1986
No Score Yet Yes, Madam!
  • Inspector Ng
1985
No Score Yet Winners & Sinners 3: Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars (Xia ri fu xing)
  • Actor
1985
86% Twin Warriors (Tai ji zhang san feng) (The Tai-Chi Master)
  • Qiuxue
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Star Trek: Discovery
2017
  • Captain Georgiou
  • 2017
24% Marco Polo
2014-2016
  • Lotus
  • 2016
91% Strike Back
2011-2013
  • Mei Foster/ Li-Na Mei Foster
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2001

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