Messages From Michelle
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"Police Story III - Supercop"
Director Stanley Tong on Michelle Yeoh:
(Transcript of the Stanley Tong interview
from IVF/Fortune Star "Police Story III: Supercop" DVD )
STANLEY TONG: "I met Michelle Yeoh in 1986 on the set of ROYAL WARRIORS. I was
an assistant action director, we often rehearsed together. At that
time, I already had admiration for her.
"She is an actress admired by many stuntmen. Because stuntmen are
usually arrogant and highly skilled, I believe that Michelle Yeoh was
the the only woman that stuntmen admired.
"Not only was she beautiful...she also knew kung-fu, worked hard and
was not afraid of hardship. She is also an excellent actress.
"I feel that she is a great and rare actress and the pride of Chinese people."
"I remember a scene where she had to ride a motorcycle...and make a
flying leap onto a moving train. I remember she did not know how to
ride a motorcycle. When I explained the concept to her...she loved
it, but could not ride a motorcycle.
"What to do?
"I suggested that she take some lessons. In order to comfort her, and
make her feel at ease, and since I also couldn't ride a
motorcycle...I'm good at stunt-driving in cars...but disliked
motorcycles because it was too dangerous and many of my
friends were injured in motorcycle accidents, so I never liked riding
"But we had to film the sequence very soon, what could we do?
"I went and took lessons with her. We took lessons one week before
filming. Michelle was a quick learner. She only fell a few
times...but she was an even match for any man.
Although she is very feminine, in the martial arts department, she can
be better than a man.
"She is like Wonder Woman.
"So I took lessons with her, then we learned to ride uphill and make
"The first time we shot the flying leap stunt, we fitted stunt cables
on her. I told her that she just needed to create the feeling of
leaping...because we could assemble the rest of the stunt with
editing. But when the motorcycle flew up...and we pulled her up...her
shin bumped against the motorcycle's handlebars.
"At that time we were 100 yards away. I was operating the camera
filming her...but I already heard a very loud 'bang'...and saw her curled up in pain.
"I instantly ran to her...and saw she was in tears from the pain. As I
ran to her...the first thing she asked me was if the shot was okay. I
was in tears myself, seeing her like that.
I could already see her shin swelling up. But she bore the pain and
only asked how the shot was.
"I saw her that way, and could not bear to ask her to try again...but
in my heart I knew the shot would not work. She saw my hesitation,
and said, 'Director, let's do it again.'
"I said, 'Okay, let's do it again!'
"But when I turned around, I felt very moved to see an actor so willing
to try so hard for you.
Perhaps she saw Jackie Chan try so hard and felt she had to keep
trying. Because we had the best action actor and the best action
actress and this is their first time working together. Maybe this is
why they worked so hard on this film.
"On her second attempt, she really did succeed.
"It's that spirit of persistence that makes me admire her so much."
(Note: images on this page are not from the interview)
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AVI/DivX video. In Cantonese with English subtitles. 4:10.
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** thanks BAM for providing the video clips and Dean for recording the transcript