Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh

  • Highest Rated: 97% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001)
  • Lowest Rated: 6% Babylon A.D. (2008)
  • Birthday: Aug 6, 1962
  • 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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

48% Last Christmas Santa 2019
89% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy Kwan 2019
No Score Yet Boss Level Actor 2019
91% Crazy Rich Asians Eleanor Young 2018
No Score Yet Blazing Samurai Yuki 2018
38% Morgan Dr. Lui Cheng $4M 2016
32% Mechanic: Resurrection Mae $21.3M 2016
20% 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
13% The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Zi Yuan $101.7M 2008
31% 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 $57.1M 2005
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 Pak Yin Fay Producer 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
78% 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) Judo-Trainerin 1985
86% Twin Warriors (Tai ji zhang san feng) (The Tai-Chi Master) Qiuxue 1984

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

82% Star Trek: Discovery
2017
Captain Georgiou
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
85% Strike Back
2011
Mei Foster/ Li-Na Mei Foster
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2011
67% Marco Polo
2014-2016
Lotus
  • 2016
  • 2014
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

QUOTES FROM Michelle Yeoh CHARACTERS

Yu Shu-Lien
Once he has the sword it will be the end of all of us.
Yu Shu-Lien
Honor, duty, just excuses for bloodshed.
The Soothsayer
Your story may not have a happy beginning, but that doesn't make you who you are. It is the rest of your story, who you choose to be.
Corazon
You're thinking about Icarus I. Well, whatever it was that tripped them up, I don't think it was a lack of oxygen. Not on the outward journey in any case.
Aung San Suu Kyi
The art of people is a true mirror of their mind.
Mameha
You cannot call yourself a true geisha, until you can stop a man in his tracks with a single look.
Mameha
You cannot call yourself a true geisha, you can stop a man in his tracks with a single look.
Mameha
You cannot call yourself a true geisha until you can stop a man in his tracks with a single look.
Aung San Suu Kyi
Please use your liberty to promote ours.
Aung San Suu Kyi
You may not think about politics, but politics think about you
Aung San Suu Kyi
You may not think about politics, but politics think about you.
Aung San Suu Kyi
We shall not respond with violence under any circumstances.
Yui Hsui Lien
Mr Wong I have lost my travelers cheques
Yui Hsui Lien
Mr. Wong, I have lost my travelers checks.
The Soothsayer
Now?
Mother
Besides I can always sell Chiyo to Mrs. Tatsuyo.
Mameha
With your eye for beauty and nose for talent, surely you can see what a terrible waste that would be.
Mother
If you are not the kind-hearted geisha i know you to be, I might think you were scheming against Hatsumomo.
Mameha
Then I'm grateful, Mrs. Nitta, that you do not have a suspicious mind.
Mother
Perhaps you can peak my interest with...
Mameha
Yes?
Mother
Your offer?
Mameha
I will cover Chiyo's schooling, all her expenses, until after her debut.
Mother
Now I am confident you are teasing.
Mameha
I cannot be more sincere. If Chiyo hasn't paid off her debt within 6 months after her debut...
Mother
No, impossible, too little time!
Mameha
Then I will pay you twice over.
Mother
What? No geisha could ever...
Mameha
You cannot call yourself a true geisha until you can stop a man in his tracks with a single look.
Hatsumomo
Hmm, what is it? 20 yen? 30?
Mother
This can't be the right amount.
Mameha
I trust you agree. I have won the wager. Sayuri's made history. No mizuagi has ever been sold for more, not even mine. 15,000 yen.
Hatsumomo
Sometimes, the smartest remark is silence.
Sayuri
What better advise to follow than your own.
Mameha
Sayuri.
Hatsumomo
I was a maiko myself once.
Sayuri
Of course, but it's been such a very long, long, long, long time. [Everyone laughs]
Mameha
As for the kimono, I am no fool, Chiyo. Hatsumomo, cannot tolerate competition.
Chiyo
She's jealous of you?
Mameha
Not me I'm afraid. Someone closer to home.
Mameha
Rise. [Chiyo gets up off her knees] Not like a horse.
The Soothsayer
If you continue on your current path...you will find yourself...at the bottom of the stairs.
Lord Shen
What do you see?
The Soothsayer
I see pain..and anger..
Lord Shen
How dare you that's the finest silk in the province!
The Soothsayer
Followed by denial...
Lord Shen
That is not fortune-telling! You are only telling what's happening right..
The Soothsayer
Now?
The Soothsayer
So, who are you?
Po
[Now angry at Lord Shen for killing his parents; stands up with clenched fists] I am Po. And I'm gonna need a hat.
The Soothsayer
A peacock is defeated by a warrior of black and white. Nothing has changed.
Lord Shen
And you actually believe this is the warrior destined to defeat me?!
The Soothsayer
I do not. I know he is.
Lord Shen
[Laughing] Look at him! A lifetime to plot his revenge and he comes to me on his knees!
The Soothsayer
It is not impossible and he knows it.
The Soothsayer
A peacock is defeated by a warrior of black and white. Nothing has changed.
Lord Shen
That's impossible, and you know it.
The Soothsayer
It is not impossible and HE knows it.
Lord Shen
Who?
The Soothsayer
We shall see, Shen.
Lord Shen
Ah, there you are, Soothsayer. It seems your fortune-telling skills are not as good as you thought.
The Soothsayer
We shall see, Shen.
The Soothsayer
The peacock... is defeated by a warrior of black and white. Nothing has changed...
Lord Shen
(Destroyed the Soothsayer's bowl; put the smoke out with his feathers) Ha,ha,ha. That is impossible, and you know it.
Lord Shen
[destroyed the Soothsayer's bowl; put the smoke out with his feathers] Ha,ha,ha. That is impossible, and you know it.
The Soothsayer
It is not impossible and... *he* knows it.
Lord Shen
Who?
Wolf Boss
Lord Shen! I saw a panda!
Lord Shen
A panda?!
Lord Shen
(Practicing for the arrival of Po) Greetings, panda. At last we meet! Oh, no, no, no, no, no. We meet at last! Yes, that's it! Greetings, panda. We meet at- Wheo...
Lord Shen
[practicing for the arrival of Po] Greetings, panda. At last we meet! Oh, no, no, no, no, no. We meet at last! Yes, that's it! Greetings, panda. We meet at- Wheo...
The Soothsayer
You are afraid for reason.
Lord Shen
I am not afraid. The panda is coming to me in chains. If anyone should be afraid, it's...
The Soothsayer
You.
The Soothsayer
Let it flow...
Lord Shen
Set the Soothsayer free. She is of no use to me.
The Soothsayer
Good-bye, Shen. I wish you happiness.
Lord Shen
Happiness must be taken, and I will take mine.
The Soothsayer
The cup you choose to fill has no bottom. It is time to stop this madness.
Lord Shen
And why on Earth would I do that?
The Soothsayer
So your parents can rest in peace.
Lord Shen
My parents... hated me. Do you understand? They wronged me. And... I will make it right.
The Soothsayer
They loved you. They loved you so much that having to send you away killed them.
Lord Shen
The dead exist in the past, and I must intend to the future.
The Soothsayer
Who are you?
Po
I am Po. And I'm gonna need a hat.
Lord Shen
Then I will kill him, and make you wrong!
The Soothsayer
[bites Shen's cloak]
Lord Shen
[pulls it from her] Will you stop that!
Lord Shen
One panda lives. That does not make you right.
The Soothsayer
You're right. Being right makes me right.
The Soothsayer
[taps on Wolf Boss's bad eye] Even with his poor eyesight, he can see the truth. Why is it that you cannot?
Lord Shen
That's impossible, and you know it.
The Soothsayer
It is not impossible and he knows it.
Lord Shen
Who?
Wolf Boss
[suddenly enters from stairs] Lord Shen! I saw a panda!
Lord Shen
Now you old goat, why don't you tell me my..
Lord Shen
Now you old goat, why don't you tell me my...
The Soothsayer
Fortune?
Lord Shen
The future, I was going to say future. Look into your bowl and tell me what glory awaits.
The Soothsayer
If you continue on your current path.. *Dramatic eye movements* You will find yourself at the bottom of the stairs.
Lord Shen
*Finds himself at the bottom of the stairs.*
The Soothsayer
I see..I see..I see pain. *Plucks feather*
Lord Shen
Ow!
The Soothsayer
And anger. *Takes a bite of Lord Shen's robe*
Lord Shen
How dare you?! That is the finest silk in the province!
The Soothsayer
Followed by denial.
Lord Shen
This is not fortune telling, you're just saying what's happening right..
The Soothsayer
Now?
The Soothsayer
Happiness must be taken, and I'll take mine
The Soothsayer
Happiness must be taken. And I will take mine.
Lord Shen
Happiness must be taken. And I will take mine.
The Soothsayer
“Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn’t make you who you are, it is the rest of your story, who you choose to be.
The Soothsayer
Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn't make you who you are, it is the rest of your story, who you choose to beâ?¦
Mameha
Remember Chiyo, geisha are not courtesans, and we're not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word "geisha" means artist, and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art.
Mameha
[in voiceover] Remember, Chiyo, geisha are not courtesans. And we are not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word 'geisha' means artist and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art.
The Soothsayer
when you continue your path, you will find yourself at the end of the staircase
The Soothsayer
If you continue down your current path, you will find yourself, at the bottom of the stairs.
The Soothsayer
Soothsayer to Shen "If you continue down your current path, you will find yourself...at the bottom of the stairs."
The Soothsayer
If you continue down your current path, you will find yourself, at the bottom of the stairs.
The Soothsayer
Stop fighting.. just let it flow..
The Soothsayer
Stop fighting. Just let it flow.
The Soothsayer
Your story may not have such a happy beginning but that doesn't make you who you are, it is the rest of your story.. who you choose to be
The Soothsayer
Your story may not have such a happy beginning but that doesn't make you who you are, it is the rest of your story, who you choose to be.