Michelle Yeoh Web Theatre
News January - June, 2002
- This year's Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (Filmart)
took place at June 26 - 28, Hong Kong convention and Exhibition Centre.
In a survey of "Most Desirable Hong Kong Actors and Actresses"
from Buyers at Filmart, Michelle got the top rank. Here is the full
list (responded by 205 buyers):
Most Desirable Actors: Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-Fat,
Andy Lau, Stephen Chow, Tony Leung (Chiu Wai).
Most Desirable Actresses: Michelle Yeoh, Maggie
Cheung, Sammi Cheng, Miriam Yeung, Sylvia Chang.
Most Desirable Directors: John Woo, Jackie Chan, Johnny
To, Peter Chan, Ann Hui, Wong Kar Wai, Derek Yee, Stephen Chow, Tsui
Hark and Stanley Kwan.
- The message borad - open for everyone - is up at
- In the current issue of Premiere
magazine (July 2000,
, there is an article on The Touch
"Knocking on Heaven's Lake", and a photo from the Beijing set.
(thanks to Thomas)
- The Touch
- Action film director John Woo (Face Off
, Mission: Impossible
, The Killer
) was promoting his new release Windtalkers
in Hong Kong and received an honorary fellowship from the Hong Kong
Academy for Performing Arts on June 25. At the interview after the
ceremony, he told reporters
that one of his future film plans is a Hong Kong/US cop film, for which he
hopes to get Michelle to star the Hong Kong cop. Woo's next film, Land of
, which teams Chow Yun-fat and Nicolas Cage, is planned to start
- On The Touch
: lots of new photos in Photo Gallery!
(photo at right from the official site: Michelle and Brandon Chang
at circus show.)
Not only Thomas Chung, now Michelle herself has been posting on the The
Touch Treasure Hunt message board too! Hang on, a message board for
everyone (not only Hong Kong residents) is on its way.   ;-)
- A new poll has been set up at the left side of this page. I'm setting
it in order to collect some information for Thomas Chung - yep, Thomas
Chung the co-producer of The Touch
, who would like to know how
many people are interested in music and video clips on the official site.
More responds he gets, more clips he will put. So, why wait - GO VOTE!
For a little story behind and more information on The Touch
release, please visit
(Note: the poll on The Touch
page is exactly the same as the one on
this page. You may vote on either of them. Only one vote per person can
- The release date of
is postponed to August 17 in Taiwan .
- The survey poll (see news on June 15)
birthday wishes to Michelle is closed.
Since we've already got 60 people who voted "Yes", I'm going to
set up the form. Keep tuned!
- Three Mulan films!
[Tianjin Daily] An official from the China Co-Production Corp
confirmed that they have received
three "Mulan" film proposals for approval - from Michelle's company,
Stanley Tong's company and a South Korean film company respectively.
Which Mulan(s) will get approved to be allowed to shoot in China?
The answer is in the air until officials finish reading and discussing the
A Chinese producer told reporters that he wishes all three of them
get approved and we will see which one will be the best. "I personally
favor Michelle Yeoh," he said, "she is the ideal person to portray Hua Mulan.
If her company's project is turned down, other companies should get her to
their Mulan films."
Stanley Tong's Mulan film is to be on $25 million budget (not $80 million
as previously reported by Variety). Produced by Tong's own company,
it's planned to be shot in English and get an overseas actress as the female
The Korean one is to star Korean actress Kim Hee Sun, who is called
"No.1 Korean beauty" by the media.
- Michelle didn't attend the closing ceremony of Shanghai International
Film Festival (16th). International Daily News (North America)
reported Michelle didn't feel very well physically. Audience in
Shanghai will have chance to see her in early August when she promotes
- The Touch news
- To my dear visitors:
As we know, Michelle's birthday is coming soon. I've received some
suggestions on what we can do for Michelle for her special day. One
of the options is to collect birthday wishes from our fans and
I then send them to Michelle prior her birthday. I'd like to know
how many people like this idea. A survey poll has been set up at
the left side of this page. May I take two seconds from you and
ask you to answer the survey? If there are enough interests, I'll
set up a special page/form for it. One vote per person, please.
Thank you for your visiting and support!   - Jane
The poll is closed. Yes, we're going to set up the form. ;-)
- The Touch news
- CCTV (China)
: The distribution contract of The
for Mainland China was signed yesterday in Guangzhou. The
film will be released in Mainland China in late July, same as in Hong
Kong and Taiwan.
A press conference was held at June 10th in Guangzhou. For more
detailed report and photos please see
The Touch news
Photo at left: Michelle in Guangzhou (Yangcheng)
- Michelle will attend the closing ceremony of Shanghai International
Film Festival which will be held on June 16th. She's invited to be an
- The Straits Times:
Bond girl wants to help boost Malaysian films
(thanks to Yvonne
- New at The Touch
: Set Design. Written and photographed by the Art Director
- New in Trailers & Clips
: Yes Madam
HKL trailer, original trailer of Project S
and the fight with
the "giant". Thanks to BAM!
- Screen Daily reported The Touch
was sold to Italia Film for
the Middle East and Central Partnership for Russia on Cannes market.
- Now for some fun reading - scroll down to the end part of this
Calgary Sun article
- Michelle accepted the 2002 international Montblanc Arts Patronage Award
for her achievement in arts and her contribution to the film world, on June
5th, Hong Kong.
"It is an honor and encouragement for me. Even without this award I'll do my
best in the film development. I don't simply consider this is a work
- I really love filmmaking," said Michelle.
On the ceremony, Michelle's friend Pansy Ho presented the award and made
a speech. Pre-recorded videos from Anita Mui, Mabel Cheung, and Peter Pau
were shown. They congratulated Michelle and expressed their admiration
for her, saying she is strong-willed, talented, hard worker.
She devotes herself to the arts, giving no thought to personal
fame and gain. Anita Mui said Michelle is the pride of women.
The Montblanc Art Patronage Award is conferred on outstanding art patrons
whose personal commitment and achievements deserve wider recognition.
Michelle is the third person from Hong Kong who received this award,
after Jackie Chan and Pak Suet-Sin (Bai Xuexian).
Michelle said the EUR$15,000 award would go to the "Mythical Films
Creative Development Fund".
(Photos from Sing Tao, Wen Wei, and SUN)
From left: Thomas Chung, Michelle, Pansy Ho
- Michelle is awarded at the international
Montblanc Arts Patronage Award
She will accept the award at June 5th, Hong Kong. Congratulations,
- In Femme Fatales
, June 2002 issue, p.20
is an article about Michelle. It's based on a recent interview and
contains information on The Touch
. (thanks to
- Michelle and Brandon Chang attended a news conference for
promotion on launching
the treasure hunt game, sunday, Hong Kong. For
more details and photos please see
The Touch news
(Photo from Dayoo)
- On The Touch Official Site
two screensavers and two new wallpapers. A treasure hunt game with a
chance of winning some prizes is coming on June 3rd (Hong Kong residents only. Hmm... ).
- A special report from the Cannes Film Festival,
hosted by Joan and Melissa Rivers, was aired on channel E!
on May 29.
Michelle was picked by Joan as the "best dressed."
(thanks to Carol)
Future show times: May 30, 10 a.m.; May 31, 2 p.m.; June 1, 9 a.m.,
7 p.m.; June 2, 10 a.m., 3 p.m.; June 3, 2 a.m., 9 a.m., 2 p.m;
June 9, 9 a.m.
Michelle and Sharon Stone at the opening ceremony
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
video game, which will not hit
market until November, was demonstrated at the Ubi Soft Entertainment booth
at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the Los Angeles Convention Center,
* Photos from the exhibition:
(no Yu Shu Lien screencap yet)
- The Touch news
- The dispute between Han Entertainment and French distributor M6/SND
over The Touch
continues. See report from
- [From Cannes] Photos: Michelle with jury members Raoul Ruiz and
Regis Wargnier at the screening of the closing film
And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen (May 26)
- [From Cannes]
People Daily published an exclusive interview of Michelle, which
took place in a hotel at Cannes. The reporter asked
Michelle about her work as a Cannes jury member, her opinions
on Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals, and her standard
of judging films, etc.. The following are some selected parts from
[Note: These parts of the interview are translated from
Chinese to English. If there is any mistake in English, blame
me (Jane) but not Michelle.  :-P ]
Reporter: As a jury member you will see a lot of films on
the festival. Is it helpful for increasing your knowledge on films?
How does it affect your future career?
showed her Cannes T-shirt to reporters, on the red carpet of the screening of UNKNOWN
PLEASURE, the only Chinese language featured film in competition this year (May 23, SUN photo)
Yeoh: In fact, ordinary audience can also see all the films
we jury members see. The difference is, as a jury member, I need
to think more. This is my first time on Cannes jury and it
gives me an excellent learning opportunity. The jury head David Lynch
is a director I admire very much. Many other jury members are also
very talented filmmakers.
We have our heavy duties as jury members. But communications among us are
sincere, and also fun. By discussing with them I've learned a lot of
things which I couldn't learn during making my own films. They are all very
nice toward me, treating me like a younger sister. Sharon Stone said
to me yesterday: "Hi, Michelle, you are the youngest jury member
among us." I think this is an encouragement.
Reporter: After TOMORROW NEVER DIES, many people thought
you would go to Hollywood. But it didn't look true?
Yeoh: After the Bond film TOMORROW NEVER DIES, my
cooperation with Hollywood has not been stopped. I then made CROUCHING
TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON with Ang Lee. I was not eager to star in another
Hollywood film immediately. Someone may think Asian actresses are so
interested in going to Hollywood that they would grab every opportunity.
We should realize that the space Hollywood provides to an actor is much
wider than to an actress. If a good role comes by, of course I will
continue to work with them.
Reporter: You are named "Asian Action Queen" in the movie
world. Do you have real kung-fu skills?
Yeoh: I did learn some basic techniques of kung-fu. But
they are for performance and very different from the "hard kung-fu".
Actually, one also needs emotion involved in action scenes. Martial
arts in films are only one way of presenting an art form. If someone thinks
I'm talented in action films, it only means I have one more technique
as an actress.   (interviewer: Chen Po)
- Michelle is doing hard work as well as having good time at Cannes. According to
Hong Kong news sources, She's going to continue the preparation
on Hua Mulan
after finishing the festival. The script is almost ready
and waiting for Chinese official's approval. As soon as this is done,
the production can start. The scenes to be shot (in China) will include
scenes of frozen Yellow River and snow mountains, which will have to be shot
at the coldest time and the coldest region of China.
- [From Cannes]
Michelle attended the amFAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research) gala,
an annual AIDS benefit during Cannes Film Festival, in Mougins, near Cannes.
Guests at the exclusive event included movie stars Elizabeth Taylor,
Sharon Stone, director and Jury head
David Lynch, and Miramax executive Harvey Weinstein.
AMFAR Press Release
- "The Hollywood Reporter" (May 20)
has a report on the problem between Han Entertainment and the
French distributor over The Touch
SND mired in 'Touch'-y spat over Yeoh movie
Han's director Thomas Chung is meeting with Miramax co-chairman
Harvey Weinstein this week in Cannes to discuss the U.S. release for
Michelle answers questions of a newsman from PhoenixTV
(Sina. click to enlarge)
- [From Cannes]
This year's "Hong Kong Night" in Cannes was held at Carlton Hotel beach,
evening of 18th. It is organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council
as a part of "International Route of Hong Kong Films" exhibition which
lasts from May 18th to 25th at Cannes. The main theme of the night
was "New Montage From the East".
Michelle attended the event and accepted interviews - nonstop,
according to Chinese reports.
Other Hong Kong filmmakers participated were Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung
Chiu Wai, Tony Leung Kar Fai, Stanley Tong, Mabel Cheung, Stanley Kwan, etc..
More than 2000 guests came to the event.
- Michelle is ranked by E! as the fourth of the
25 Toughest Stars
behind Russell Crowe, Bruce Willis and Jackie Chan.
(thanks tinababy for info)
Cannes Vet Michelle Yeoh
(Photo by Jeff Vespa)
- "As an actress and as a juror there is pressure in different
ways. It gives me the perfect opportunity to not only
view and have my fingertips on the pulse of what's happening globally.
As an actress you come for very selfish reasons, I want my movie to do
well. I want the best possible publicity for it. This time is different
because I want everybody's film to do well. And it's going to be hard
work, because you know how much love and pain and time and effort goes
into a film, but it appeals in different ways to different audiences So
who am I to say 'This is the best film?' I think every filmmaker who is
here, in competition and out of competition, are winners themselves."
- Michelle Yeoh,
2002 Cannes Film Festival: Day One
- Michelle's upcoming The Touch
is listed by "The Hollywood
Reporter" (Cannes Special Issue, May 2002
its annual The A-List
: the ten debut films that will create
buzz in Cannes.
In this action-drama, a brave Chinese woman (Michelle Yeoh) and her family
of circus acrobats search for a stolen mystical artifact also sought after
by a villainous adversary (Richard Roxburgh), while she contends with
romance (Ben Chaplin). Directed by Peter Pau (Oscar-winning cinematographer
of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"). Produced by Yeoh and Thomas Chung.
In post-production. Han Entertainment
Other nine films on the A-List are:
, Imagining Argentina
, Kill Bill
, Laurel Canyon
, The Pianist
Spy Kid 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
(by David E. Williams)
On the same issue there is also a full page of The Touch
Han Entertainment set up a Cannes office. Executives attending include
Thomas Chung (managing director) and Sabrina Chen (general distribution
manager). Three debuting products are listed:
HUA MULAN (Hong Kong; action-adventure)
Producers: Michelle Yeoh, Thomas Chung; cast: Michelle Yeoh. Film
depicting the epic journey of the legendary Hua Mulan, a girl who took
her father's place and led her country into battle. (in development;
presales; availability: all)
JIANG SHI (Hong Kong; horror)
Producers: Michelle Yeoh, Thomas Chung. Film about encounters with
Chinese vampires. (in development; presales; availability: all)
THE TOUCH (Hong Kong; action-adventure)
Producers: Michelle Yeoh, Thomas Chung; director: Peter Pau;
cast: Michelle Yeoh, Ben Chaplin, Richard Roxburgh. Film about
a quest for hidden treasures. (post-production; product reel/trailer;
availability: Germany, Japan, Korea, Spain)
- [From Cannes May 15
Reuters: Asia's kung-fu queen tries her hand at production
Cannes Official site: And the jury spoke...
- Photos: at Cannes opening ceremony:
- Michelle on a photo call of Cannes jury members
(AP & Reuters. click to enlarge)
From left: Sharon Stone, Bille August (Danish film director), Michelle and David Lynch
Michelle with David Lynch (president of the Jury) and Sharon Stone
More photos from the photo call:
Michelle arrived at Cannes
- [UDN report from Cannes]
Michelle arrived at Cannes on 13th and joined other jury members for a
meeting in the morning of 14th. The first jury press will be held at
15th. Being a jury member of the festival, Michelle is expected to be
busy and she may not talk to public unless arranged by the festival.
Also arrived at Cannes at the same time were Thomas Chung and other
people from Han Entertainment. Their task is to promote The Touch
and look for international buyers for The Touch
The 55th Cannes international film festival runs from May 15 - May 26.
- Two videos of Searching for Young Michelle Press (August
are added at
- The Touch
at The Touch page
an official poster (in Posters section
and a new title picture.
at Official Site
a tribute to Long Sihung.
- A news conference and the signing ceremony between Golden Harvest and
Han Entertainment for co-distribution rights of the film The Touch
for Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia were held in Hong
Kong on May 8. Attendants included Michelle, Thomas Chung, Brandon Chang,
and the chairman of Golden Harvest, Raymond Chow.
The film is currently in post-production and will be
released in Hong Kong and across South East Asia on July 26.
is a tale of myths surrounding ancient treasure and
family whom is destined to retrieve it.
For more reports and photos see
|(Reuters. click to enlarge)
||From left: Brandon Chang, Raymond Chow, Michelle
and Thomas Chung (Sing Pao. click to enlarge)
- Hollywood Reporter: Golden Harvest Entertainment has acquired theatrical
distribution rights for
for Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. The film is expected to be
released July 26 in Asia. No date has been set for its U.S. release,
which will be handled by Miramax.
- The second part of Michelle's diary, My Days in Dun Huang
, is up at
The Touch Official
("Making The Movie - Story of Dunhuang").
Photo taken from the Official Site: Michelle and
Ben Chaplin at Dunhuang.
- The Touch
update: Hong Kong singer Kelly Chen will perform the title song for
- Famous Taiwanese actor Long Sihung passed away at the morning of May 2nd,
in a Taipei hospital due to his worsened heart, kidney and liver diseases.
He was 72.
Long Sihung is known to many people for his Sir Te role in Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon
. He is also famous as the father figures in
Ang Lee's other three films: Pushing Hands
, The Wedding
and Eat Drink Man Woman
. Long Sihung had appeared in
over 100 films and he was awarded best actor and best supporting actor
at the Golden Horse Awards for his roles in Pushing Hands
The Wedding Banquet
respectively. Sadly, the upcoming
becomes his last film.
Reportedly Michelle's Hua Mulan
was considering inviting Long
Sihung to play Mulan's father. But now, all too late...
For more detailed report and some photos on Long Sihung in The
The Touch News
- CCTV (05/01)
: CCTV reporters had an interview with Thomas
Chung, the chairman of the Han Entertainment, at HKFA on April 21. Chung told
reporters that the first version of the script of Hua Mulan
been finished and the scriptwriter Wang Hui-Ling is working on enhancements.
The production is expected to start during the second half of this year.
When asked if Michelle is too old for the Mulan role, Chung says age will
not be a drawback. Maturity can present better Mulan's heroic as well as
[Jane's note: Mulan should not be a teenage role as in Disney's
animated Mulan. In the original Chinese
tale, Mulan had spent 12 years on battlefield.]
According to Chung, The Touch
is expected to be shown in
China this August. A sequel to the film is currently under development.
Reportedly Michelle was not available for an interview because she lost
her voice due to the previous recording work in the post-production of
- A cool Michiana Chronicles report on the International Conference on Globalization and Media in Asia
at University of Notre Dame (February 28 - March 2)
Notre Dame Welcomes the Queen of Cool
Michelle gives a talk at the Notre Dame conference
Michelle with some Notre Dame panel members
Michelle with students
For larger versions and more photos see
For earlier report/links of the event see News of March. 12th
- Sing Pao Photos: Michelle as a special guest at the Anniversary of
Teca (April 26, Hong Kong)
- Kozo in Hong Kong
has two photos on Michelle's wax figure (and Andy Lau's) in
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. Read the funny
comments. Oh poor Andy Lau...
By the way, the hair style
on the figure was re-done by Michelle's hair stylist last September,
according to Hong Kong news, under Michelle's request. The hair stylist
spent more than three hours on it - much longer than what he would do
for Michelle the real person, as Michelle never allowed him to spend
more than 15 minutes on her hair.   ;-)
- Screen Daily: Fortissimo
to handle remaining sales on Pau's The Touch
According to the article, Fortissimo Film Sales is going to handle
distributions in outstanding territories including
Japan, Korea, Germany, Scandinavia and East Europe. The film was
pre-sold to Miramax for the US, UK and Italy and a number of other
territories. But French M6, which committed to the French rights of the
film, is having problem with the negotiation.
is to be released in Hong Kong on July 22.
- On Sunday evening, Michelle attended the ceremony of the 21st Hong Kong
Film Awards. She presented the Best Picture award with Raymond Chow,
the chairman of Golden Harvest Production, to Stephen Chow's Shaolin
, which won totally 7 awards at the HKFA.
(Click the photos below to enlarge.)
|Michelle arrives at the 21st HKFA awards (Reuters)
||Presenting the best picture award
to Stephen Chow (Reuters)
||Presenting the best picture award (Sing pao)
- The first part of Diary of Michelle - My Journey on "The Touch"
is published at
The Touch Official
: Making The Movie - Story of Tibet. It describes in details her
days in Tibet during The Touch
- Michelle will be on the jury of this year's Cannes film festival,
which runs from May 15-26. The official festival program is scheduled
to be unveiled on April 24.
Yeoh added to Cannes jury (BBC)
Sharon Stone, Michelle Yeoh join Cannes jury (Hollywood Reporter)
Stone, Yeoh on Cannes Jury (AP)
Sharon Stone Among Cast of Cannes Film Jury (Reuters)
Cannes Official Site
- According to Oriental Daily (Hong Kong), Taiwanese singer Sherry Chang
and Hong Kong singer Kelly Chen are
being considered to perform the title song of The Touch
Brandon Chang, who's also talented in singing, may join one or both
of them in the performance.
Photo from Oriental Daily:
Michelle and Brandon Chang in The Touch
- A short (but informative) article from
. Ben Chaplin talks about
The article says the film is slated for release in late 2002 or early
2003 (thanks Yvonne)
- One more MAXIM photo is added at April 11's news.
- On 11th, Michelle attended the talk series at Hong Kong University,
"Direction of Life", co-organized by the Centre of Buddhist Studies and
the Buddhist Studies Society. Sharing her experience and view of the life,
she gave a talk entitled "An Understanding Smile" as a guest speaker.
It was the last talk in the six-talk series which started in February.
Photos from Sing Pao (click to enlarge)
- In Event Photos
Exclusive photos from an interview with Michelle at Beverly Hills, July
1996 when Supercop
was released. Provided by Akiko Tetsuya, who
was one of the interviewers. Thanks, Akiko!
- Michelle photos from MAXIM:
- More videos in Trailers & Clips
One of Michelle's cameo fight demonstrations from Twinkle Twinkle Lucky
. It's recorded from a documentary video
and it's silent. Also a short clip (00:14)
which has only
Michelle related part
from the The Owl vs Dumbo
(thanks again to BAM)
It has been quiet with Michelle news lately... The latest report on Michelle
I saw was when she went to watch Zhang Yimou's new ballet show
, "Raise the Red Lantern", on March 17 in Hong Kong
(pic from Sing Pao
Here we have something for video lovers:
- A trailer
of The Owl vs Dumbo
(thanks to BAM!)
. It is Michelle's very first movie
(1984) and she has a non-action role. The trailer has less than five
seconds of Michelle (at 2:43 - 2:47)
- Three more video clips from The Touch
Press Conference (December 5, 2001)
For details and download links see
- Which version of Mulan movie are you looking forward to the most,
Michelle's Hua Mulan
or Stanley Tong's The Legend of Mulan
Hong Kong Entertainment News In
is hosting a reader poll. Voice your opinion.
(Scroll down to Reader Poll #76. This week only.)
Final result of the poll: total 406 votes. Michelle 304 votes
(75%). Stanley Tong 102 votes (25%).
- Frida has encoded some videos from Taiwan: CTHD Taiwan Premiere and
Press Conference (July 2000)
, and Golden Horse's best
actress award (Michelle was nominated and attended the awards,
. The download links are at
titles are in both Chinese and English. All videos are in Mandarin. Yep,
Michelle did speak Mandarin at the press conference.
Some of the clips are rather large. You may try
which BAM recommended to me and I found it's very helpful and easy to use. It
speeds up downloading and
has a resume feature in case of interruption of the downloading.
- A SCMP article
talks about a new era in Hong Kong and Chinese cinema, with a focus on
Michelle's The Touch
, Zhang Yimou's Hero
and Jackie Chan's
Highbinders (thanks to Tim)
- There's a rapper named Arnie Sykes who sings a song called "Michelle".
It's not for our Michelle only but it mentions Michelle Yeoh in the song.
from Arnie Sykes
(original message posted at Yahoo!Group)
There was a song, "Kung-Fu Girls", written for our Michelle
in year 1999 by Kung-Fu Grip. If you haven't, you can listen to the song by
following the link at Links -> Special for Michelle.
- Here is a good news for anyone who's trying to get Tai Seng's Wing
has it in stock for $15.96
(thanks to BAM for information).
Award Ceremony of Mythical Films' Original Scripts and Short Films
Competition 03/11 (Taiwan CTS news)
. 1 minute 5 seconds.
(link published at YeohFanz)
- New: Making of Crouching Tiger,
and Behind Scene Photos. Most of the photos
are scanned from various documentary videos and a photo book (thanks Akiko!).
- Some (not new) interviews/articles are added in
- After attending American Film Market last month in U.S., Michelle attended
the International Conference on Globalization and Media in Asia held at
University of Notre Dame (February 28 - March 2)
"Hollywood, Asian Media and the Global Market".
The conference was sponsored by 20 University programs and organizations.
"The unique thing about this conference is the combination of the
leading scholars and also the leading figures in the entertainment world,"
reported 'The Indianapolis Star' (a major Indiana newspaper),
"One of the event's participants is
actress/producer Michelle Yeoh, ...".
Michelle made headlines in the conference news. She was one of the
speakers at the panel discussion "Martial Arts and Global Entertainment".
Two of her films, Wing Chun
and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
were screened during the conference.
A special discussion session with Michelle closed up the conference.
Yeoh depends on East and West (The Observer)
Yeoh discusses `Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' (The Observer)
Notre Dame News, February 11
Hollywood, Asian Media and the Global Market
- The award ceremony of 2001 Mythical Films' Original Scripts and Short
Films Competition was held on March 11th, Hong Kong. As an organizer,
sponsor, and chairperson of the competition, Michelle presented the
awards to the winners from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
More than 50 reporters from different regions attended the ceremony
and Michelle answered their questions in Cantonese, Mandarin, and
English. Michelle says this is a good way to discover and encourage
new talents in Chinese film industry
and there will be more of such competitions, possibly every other year.
Winners will be offered film contracts but they are not restricted to
Mythical Films. Michelle hopes these new talents will be noticed by
more people and have more space to develop themselves.
(see earlier news at Nov 28 2001 for the competition result).
Michelle and Allan Zeman (middle) presented the award to the winning
director of the short films
(Sing Pao photo. click to enlarge)
On last Sunday Britain's "Sunday Express", Michelle was listed as one of
"the world's 300 most beautiful women". When asked about this, Michelle
said she never counted herself as beautiful looking. "There are plenty
of beautiful looking women in this world. But I think the most important
is the inner beauty and if you live happily," said Michelle.
In her eyes, Michelle thinks her mother is the most beautiful
woman. "My mother is beautiful and she has character. When I look at a
woman, I look for her character. A woman is attractive when she has
character and brain." She thinks actress Jodie Foster is one of such women.
Asked about women in Hong Kong, Michelle says she admires Anson Chan,
a former Chief Secretary for Administration.
Right now Michelle is working on the post-production of The Touch.
Three other movies are also in development. She confirmed one of the
three is Hua Mulan, which will star Michelle herself. Michelle says it's
her wish to make this film because this role is so perfect - Mulan is a person who
is loyal, faithful and devoted to her family, country, and love.
Photos below from Oriental Daily & Sun: Michelle at the award ceremony.
(click to enlarge)
(click to enlarge)
- On March 9th, Michelle, who just returned to Hong Kong from Los Angeles, attended
the Opening Ceremony of the Brain Centre Foundation Exhibition for Stroke &
Parkinson's Disease in Hong Kong. She is an honored sponsor of the foundation.
Photos from UDN, Sing Pao & Hong Kong Daily (click to
- According to UDN news (Taiwan), Hsu Li-Kong, a producer of
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and its upcoming prequel, is planning
to introduce a Mainland Chinese actress Zhou Xun (Suzhou River)
to director Ang Lee for a role in the prequel: Precious Sword, Golden
Peter Pau and Michelle all praise Brandon Chang (left)'s performance
in his first film, The Touch
| - Oriental Daily (Hong Kong): After The Touch,
Thomas Chung and Michelle's Han Entertainment is planning three major
productions on a total budget of $70 millions: Hua Mulan, The Touch
sequel, and a vampire movie entitled Jiang Shi 2002 ("jiang shi" means "vampire" in
Chinese). Michelle's disciple, Brandon Chang, will have major roles in all three
Starting soon this year, Jiang Shi 2002 is written by Courtiaud and Carbon,
who are also the script writers for The Touch. Being a horror film lover herself,
Michelle is a producer of the film. Besides Brandon Chang, Hong Kong actor Stephen
Fung may star in it too. The film will be shot in English.
(photo from the official site)
| - The Official site
of The Touch has had
a major update: new photos, character descriptions, wallpaper, etc..
According to UDN news, Sherry Chang will perform the title
song of The Touch, "Himalayas". The same song is also sung by
Margaret Wang in a scene of the film.
- Taiwan UDN news has a small report on
The Touch today.
No new news but there are two photos from the shooting set.
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon won the Best Score Soundtrack Album for
a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media at the 44th annual Grammy Awards.
- Collision of Mulan films?
and Entertainment Wire
reports mentioned that a $80 million film, The Legend of Mulan, will be in
production. The Hollywood production will be in English and shot in China.
Stanley Tong (Supercop, Rumble in the Bronx) will be the director
and Chang Chen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) plays the male lead.
I don't khow how accurate it is... early this month I read from
Taiwan/Hong Kong news that Stanley Tong is making an English-language Mulan movie. The
female lead is said to be Chinese American and the production is scheduled
to start in October.
At this point, I don't know how much it might interfere with Michelle's
- More show times of "Women of Action" on E! (check your local
Friday March 1, 7:00-8:00pm
Saturday March 2, 9:00-10:00am
Thursday March 7, 3:00-4:00pm
The interview of Michelle was done on a shooting set inside
the Beijing Film Studios.
- Two new drawings of Michelle by Cory are in Gallery->Art Work. Thanks,
- Some additional photos in
"Michelle and Her Wax Double" and "Datuk Yeoh's Title Ceremony".
See Gallery->Event Photos.
- Re-scanned all pictures for
The Soong Sisters.
Included some scenes which are cut off from some video/DVDs (e.g.
Mei Ah DVD). Also a new title picture and some additional photos
in Other Pictures.
- Breaking news!
'Touch' already a go for sequel before release
(The Hollywood Reporter)
- Michelle, and some snippets from
The Touch, on TV!
It was broadcasted last night on E!. The future show times are:
Thursday (tomorrow) Feb 21, 3:00-4:00pm
Saturday Feb 23, 6:00-7:00pm
Show Name and Channel: "Women of Action", E!
It profiles 6 or 7 women who do action roles, although most of them
are for TV. Some clips from The Touch and a tiny bit of behind
scenes stuff are shown. Set your VCR!
(many thanks to Kim!)
- CCTV reports that the award ceremony of
Mythical Films' Original Scripts and Short Films Competition will
be held on March 11, Hong Kong.
(see earlier news at Nov 28 2001 for the competition result)
- A petition to Disney is now online (by
Kong Film Net):
Appeal to Disney for Respectful Treatment of Asian films
It is an appeal to Disney, in particular, the subsidiaries in question,
Miramax and Dimension Films, to cease the act of altering Hong Kong films
(changing music scores and original dialogues, cutting scenes,
changing titles, etc.)
that they distribute. I personally agree with what this petition says.
If you can spare a moment, you may want to take a look, and consider
Miramax has acquired the distribution rights for North America to Michelle's
upcoming film The Touch. And recently you may have noticed
from some Hong Kong DVD/Video dealers in North America that
some Hong Kong film titles are discontinued and no longer available.
Disney now owns the exclusive North American distribution
rights for such films as The Heroic Trio, Executioners,
Police Story III: Supercop, Yes Madam, Easy Money,
Wonder Seven, and Ah Kam (and possibly Wing Chun
- the last one is unconfirmed).
Disney owns the rights to all versions of the films; and it is up to Disney
when and how they release (if they do, in any format) these films.
According to the contract, it is a violation of United States
law for any other North America-based company to sell these titles.
- If you have been looking for purchasing Wing Chun DVD:
Tai Seng's DVD seems discontinued but you can get one from different
It's English subtitled and all region.
- Updated "Trailers & Clips" page in
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
A new audio clip of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at New York Film Festival
(Oct. 2000) is added - listen till the end part to hear the cheers
for Michelle! Too bad it's not a video but - imagine. ;-)
- In case you haven't seen... on
site, there is a report on last year's Oscars by this 13 year-old. There
are also some photos with CTHD crew and two with Michelle on the Oscar Photos
Page 2. (thanks Tim)
- Official The Touch
- In a Boston Globe article
about Ben Chaplin, whose Birthday Girl with Nicole Kidman
just got released last weekend, he talks a little bit about The
Touch. (thanks to Kityi for the link)
- BAM has encoded the teaser trailer of The Touch in Avi and
Rm format (with much smaller file size). See links at
The Touch page.
He has also enhanced Frida's clip of Michelle's Malaysia tourism
ad and encoded it into different versions. See
Thanks - Frida and BAM!
The Malaysia commercial has been broadcasted in various Asian countries since
fall 2001. The actual ad is about 28 seconds and Michelle appears at
the beginning and the end. She speaks in Mandarin:
- "This is my real hometown - Malaysia".
- "This is Malaysia, where the charm of Asia
- Crouching Tiger Prequel may start production at May, 2003!
Taiwan news (CNA, UDN): Ang Lee's new movie The Hulk
will start shooting in March. At a recent meeting of Ang Lee, Hsu Li-Kong
(a producer of CTHD), and some people from Columbia, Ang Lee
announced that his schedule will allow him to start shooting Crouching
Tiger prequel at May 2003. This news excited all CTHD
Now with Ang Lee's schedule clearing up,
the most important thing is the script. The casting can't be done
until the script is completed. The prequel is expected to display
the classical Chinese art style, also the spirit of traditional
Wuxia and the characters of martial arts. Ang Lee insists the next
film should keep the classical flavor from the original one, and it
should also have new ideas in the structure.
Hsu Li-Kong says no cast has been fixed yet. They will have to see the
script first and also consider the schedules of the actors and the
international marketing. Jet Li, who missed his chance in the first film,
may still be considered in this one.
- At the recent
2002 MTV Asia Awards, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
was still honored as the Favorite Film, a year and half after its original
- Filming of The Touch has been successfully completed. See
The Touch news
for more details.
- Frida, a Michelle fan from Taiwan, has got us two more video clips:
1. Michelle at the Channel V's 8th Best of Best World
Chinese Music Awards. In Mandarin (1 min 02 sec, 5.2MB).
2. A teaser trailer of The Touch! Michelle showed it
at the Channel V's music award. It has some cuts same
as the trailers shown at the Beijing Press Conference in
December. In English (1 min 16 sec, 6.4MB).
View them at
- More from Michelle fans: Kityi, joined with Aythe, redesigned her
website and opened it at a new location yeohfanz.com. Great site! Also
MYOFC (Michelle Yeoh Online Fan Club, by Dean and Angela) is re-opened at
It's still under construction but the news and message board sections are
up, and the newsletters have been sent periodically to its members. The
direct links to their News can been seen at the left of this page.
- Photo: Michelle visiting the Gleneagles Medical Centre
paediatric ward in Penang (Feb 1).
Report from The Star: Former
Bond girl finds time to visit sick children
- According to news from Malaysia, Michelle is
currently in Penang, Malaysia. The last two days of shooting for
The Touch will take place there and the entire shooting will
wrap up on Feb 3rd. More details please see
The Touch news.
- On Jan. 30th, Hong Kong's 2001 Leaders of the Year Awards,
in recognition of outstanding contributions to HKSAR's success and
prosperity, were held at Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Michelle attended the ceremony as an award presenter.
When asked if her goal is to be a future award winner, Michelle smiled
and says she will try her best to do what she does.
Michelle had been very busy recently with the
post-production of The Touch. They have to finish the cutting
before they could show it to the composer. Michelle told reporters
she will have to spend the Chinese New Year in U.S., mainly to work
with the composer and also to attend the American Film Market.
When asked if the film exceeded its budget, Michelle admitted it's
tight but she's making sure it's under control.
Also attended the awards, Thomas Chung, the co-producer of The
Touch and Hua Mulan, told reporters that The Touch
will hit theaters in Asia this summer. Hua Mulan is scheduled to
start shooting by the end of the year and the budget is about
Photo at right (Ming Pao): Michelle met with Mr. Donald
Tsang, the Chief Secretary for Administration.
from Hong Kong Daily.
from StareastNet: with
Mr. Donald Tsang at the gala banquet.
from China News Service.
picture: screencap of the ad video
||- Thanks to Frida, who provided us with a video clip of Michelle's
Malaysia tourism ad! You can view it at
(34 seconds, 6Mb, in Mandarin)
- On the music awards of 25th, in additional to the Most Welcomed Female
Singer Award, Michelle also presented the Most Welcomed Male Singer Award,
to Jay Chow.
- The largest annual music event in Asia, the 8th Best of Best World
Chinese Music Awards, were held on 25th at the Beijing Sports Center.
About 20,000 people attended.
According to UDN News, the first climax of the ceremony was the Most
Welcomed Female Singer Award, given to Faye Wong by Michelle. Michelle,
who first time presented a music award, said: "I've just finished the
shooting of the movie THE TOUCH. It is my 19th time as a female
lead. As for singing, I think I will just pass." Faye Wong then performed
her award winning song 'Flowing Years'.
Photo at left: Michelle at the award press conference (Munsang Poh.
Click to enlarge).
- A great report from
on The Touch shooting. Goodness re 52 takes on one shot!
- Michelle is going to attend Channel V's the 8th Best of Best World
Chinese Music Awards.
She's invited to be an award presenter. It will
be the first time for Michelle as a presenter on music awards.
Michelle says she's not very familiar with Chinese (Mandarin) songs.
Her favorite Chinese singers are Anita Mui and Jacky Cheung. When
asked if she ever plans to publish her own album, Michelle started
laughing: "Maybe you wouldn't ask me this question if you heard my
The ceremony will be held on January 25th in Beijing.
Reportedly The Touch shooting is done and Michelle has started
working on Hua Mulan. (I'm not sure about the earlier reports on
the possible The Touch shooting in Malaysia.)
- A collection of "World Tour" photos of Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Dragon: premieres, press conferences and award ceremonies. The
link can be seen at
CTHD page or
Gallery -> Event Photos.
- The Touch news
Taiwanese news says Michelle is going to be at the 2002 American Film
Market (February 20 - 27) to promote The Touch.
- According to UDN news from Taiwan, the shooting of The Touch
in Beijing was wrapped up on 12th.
Now Michelle and Thomas Chung are also eyeing on their next film Hua
Mulan. Later this month, they are going to meet with the script writer
Wang Hui-Ling, who has finished collecting materials and had the
structure of the story ready. The actual writing will start very soon.
Hua Mulan is going to be a film of combination of action, family
ties, romance, and humor. Some big action scenes include army
battles in snow and chained-boat burning on Yangtse River. The shooting is
scheduled to start in December this year in China. The film will be
shot in Mandarin.
- One more picture is added on Jan. 10th
The Touch news.
- The production of The Touch is going to finish by Jan. 12 in
Beijing. For more details and some production photos see
The Touch news.
Photo at left: Michelle and Brandon Chang at a shooting set inside
Beijing Film Studios. (UDN News)
- Well, it looks like we will not be able to see Wai Lin returning in the
upcoming Bond 20. See report from
- Tan Dun, the composer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, got
4 nominations at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards. Three of his nominations
are for the film: Best Score Soundtrack Album, Best Song (A Love Before
Time) and Best Instrumental Composition (The Eternal Vow).
- Tianjin Daily today published an article about Hsu Li-Kong, a producer
of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Hsu talked about the
Crouching Tiger and its prequel.
When producing Crouching Tiger, Ang Lee and Hsu Li-Kong put
all they had on the film. Hsu said: We were forced into the situation.
Because of the fall of the stock market, the original investing company
withdrew. Columbia invested 6 millions. The rest of the money came from
the sales of the distribution rights and loans from an U.S. bank. Ang Lee
and both male and female leads didn't take their paychecks but invested the
money on the film instead. Later the film had more than 100 million boxoffice.
But Ang Lee's paycheck was only $200,000. Hsu says Ang Lee now becomes
a famous international director and he doesn't know Lee's current price.
Talking about the prequel, Hsu says Ang Lee has agreed to direct it and
the script is in writing. When the first version of the script was
completed, both Hsu and Lee were not satisfied. Now the script is being
re-written. Ang Lee can't just wait for this one to complete without doing other
movies. His new movie ("Hulk") is going on production soon. Hsu says they
will be very cautious on the planning of the prequel and won't rush.
- More news for The Touch.
- Official trailers of Police Story
III: Supercop, The Heroic Trio, Executioners
and Wonder Seven. Thanks to BAM!
- Aythe has created a Newsgroup
for Michelle. Some news, articles and photos have been posted. In
Chinese and English.
- In case anyone hasn't seen it,
has some photos from Moulin Rouge Hong Kong Gala Premiere. Six
of them are the photos of Michelle and her The Touch gang. The
premiere was held at September 9, 2001, right before The Touch team
headed to Lhasa, Tibet.
(thanks to GreenTeaWG for the link)
Happy New Year - 2002 !!!|
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