Michelle Yeoh

Choo Kheng Yeoh

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  • First Name: Choo Kheng
  • Family Name: Yeoh
  • Native name: 楊紫瓊
  • Also Known as: Michelle Khan
  • Nationality: Malaysian
  • Gender: Female
  • Born: August 6, 1962
  • Age: 57

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Choo Kheng Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh

  • Name: Michelle Yeoh
  • Native name: 楊紫瓊
  • Given name: Yeoh Choo Kheng
  • Also Known as: Michelle Khan
  • Nationality: Malaysian
  • Gender: Female
  • Born: August 6, 1962
  • Age: 57
Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng is a Hong Kong-based Malaysian actress and dancer, well known for performing her own stunts in the action films that brought her to fame in the early 1990s.



Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, she is based in Hong Kong and was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1997.



She is best known in the Western world for her roles in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, playing Wai Lin, and the multiple Academy Award-winning Chinese action film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for which she was nominated the BAFTA for "Best Actress". In 2008, the film critic website Rotten Tomatoes ranked her the greatest action heroine of all time.



Yeoh started her film career acting in action and martial arts films such as Yes, Madam in 1985, The Heroic Trio in 1993, and the Yuen Woo-ping films Tai Chi Master and Wing Chun in 1994. Yeoh has had no formal martial arts training and she relies on her dance training and instructors, and does her own fighting and most of her own stunts.



Yeoh learned English and Malay before Cantonese, and cannot read Chinese characters. As she does not read Chinese, she learned the lines for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon phonetically.



She starred in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies as Wai Lin (1997). Natasha Henstridge was rumored to be cast in the lead Bond girl role but eventually Yeoh was confirmed. Brosnan was impressed, describing her as a "wonderful actress" who was "serious and committed about her work". He referred to her as a "female James Bond" in reference to her combat abilities. She wanted to perform her own stunts but was prevented because director Roger Spottiswoode ruled it too dangerous and uninsured. However, she did perform all of her fighting scenes. Thereafter, she was offered the role of Seraph in the two sequels to The Matrix, but she could not accept due to a scheduling conflict (the Matrix writers then changed Seraph into a male character and cast Collin Chou in the role). In 2002, she produced her first English film, The Touch through her own production company, Mythical Films.



In 2005, Yeoh starred as the graceful Mameha in the film adaptation of Memoirs of a Geisha, and she continued her English-language work in 2007 with Sunshine. In 2008, Michelle Yeoh also starred in the fantasy action film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor with actors Brendan Fraser and Jet Li.



In 2010, she starred in Reign of Assassins, her first return to the wuxia genre since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.



(Wikipedia)
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2019 Cheung Tin Chi
Chinese Movie, 2019,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
2018 Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy
Hong Kong Movie, 2018,
Tso Ngan Kwan (Main Role)
Main Role
8.1
2016 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Chinese Movie, 2016,
Yu Shu Lien (Main Role)
Main Role
7.5
2013 Final Recipe
Korean Movie, 2013,
Yishan Lee (Support Role)
Yishan Lee
Support Role
8.2
2010 Reign Of Assassins
Chinese Movie, 2010,
Ceng Jing (Xi Yu after Surgery) (Main Role)
Ceng Jing (Xi Yu after Surgery)
Main Role
7.9
2010 True Legend
Hong Kong Movie, 2010,
Main Role
7.4
2008 The Children of Huang Shi
Chinese Movie, 2008,
(Support Role)
Support Role
7.7
2004 Silver Hawk
Hong Kong Movie, 2004,
Main Role
6.8
2002 The Touch
Hong Kong Movie, 2002,
Pak Yin Fay (Main Role)
Main Role
5.8
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Chinese Movie, 2000,
Yu Shu Lien (Main Role)
Yu Shu Lien
Main Role
8.3
1999 Moonlight Express
Hong Kong Movie, 1999,
Sis (Support Role)
Sis
Support Role
7.2
1998 Jackie Chan: My Story
Hong Kong Movie, 1998,
Hersellf (Support Role)
Hersellf
Support Role
0.0
1997 The Soong Sisters
Hong Kong Movie, 1997,
Soong Ai Ling (Main Role)
Soong Ai Ling
Main Role
9.5
1996 The Stunt Woman
Hong Kong Movie, 1996,
Ah Kam (Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1994 Wonder Seven
Hong Kong Movie, 1994,
Fong Ying (Main Role)
Fong Ying
Main Role
0.0
1994 Wing Chun
Hong Kong Movie, 1994,
Yim Wing Chun (Main Role)
Yim Wing Chun
Main Role
7.8
1993 Tai-Chi Master
Hong Kong Movie, 1993,
Siu Lin / Qiu Xue (Main Role)
Main Role
7.9
1993 Once a Cop
Hong Kong Movie, 1993,
Main Role
7.7
1993 Executioners
Hong Kong Movie, 1993,
Main Role
6.9
1993 Butterfly And Sword
Hong Kong Movie, 1993,
Lady Ko (Main Role)
Main Role
7.1
1993 Holy Weapon
Hong Kong Movie, 1993,
Mo Ching Sze (Main Role)
Main Role
7.1
1993 The Heroic Trio
Hong Kong Movie, 1993,
Main Role
7.3
1992 Police Story 3: Super Cop
Hong Kong Movie, 1992,
Jessica Yang (Main Role)
Main Role
7.8
1987 Easy Money
Hong Kong Movie, 1987,
Michelle Yeung Ling (Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1987 Magnificent Warriors
Hong Kong Movie, 1987,
Ming (Main Role)
Ming
Main Role
8.5
1986 Royal Warriors
Hong Kong Movie, 1986,
Michelle Yip (Main Role)
Main Role
8.2
1985 Yes, Madam
Hong Kong Movie, 1985,
Inspector Ng (Main Role)
Inspector Ng
Main Role
7.7
1985 Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars
Hong Kong Movie, 1985,
Judo Instructor (Support Role)
Judo Instructor
Support Role
7.6
1984 The Owl vs Bombo
Hong Kong Movie, 1984,
Ms. Yeung (Main Role)
Main Role
3.0
TV Show
Year Title # Role Rating
2016 Chef Nic Season 3
Chinese TV Show, 2016, 12 eps
(Guest)
12
Guest
0.0
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