Michelle Yeoh Web Theatre
News July - December, 2009

Current News

Dec. 30th, 2009
- Jianyu Jianghu updates.

- True Legend updates with new Michelle images.

Dec. 18th
  HAPPY HOLIDAYS Michelle and everyone!

- Hi friends, I will be on vacation until the end of the year.

After more than a year and half of delay (since I changed the layout design in March 2008), finally I have gotten the Videos -> Interviews section up. You may have seen some of them on this site, and some are "new". Would like to thank Bin, Dean, BAM and Frida for the help with the clips.

The videos are hosted on YouTube which is unfortunately blocked by the government in Mainland China. Chinese friends there will have to "climb the wall" (a new expression being used in China) in order to view the videos.

And don't forget to check out the stunning Shen Yun 2010 World Tour which is starting this weekend! New locations/shows will be added through the next few months. I voluntarily helped to build the Shen Yun in LA site and you can check out some videos there. It is truly a show not to be missed!

Dec. 15th
- True Legend: release dates. Hong Kong and Taiwan posters.

Dec. 12th
- TNP interview with Michelle

- Michelle on magazine covers (click to enlarge):

Bazaar, Dec. 2009

ICON, Feb. 2009

Your Road, Mar-Apr 2009

- New images in Photos -> Photoshoots.

Dec. 9th
- More links (with photos) on "Among the great apes with Michelle Yeoh":
   Voize: Datuk Michelle Yeoh takes on apes
   Sun: Yeoh's jungle man friends
   NST: Michelle's wild about orangutans

- Jianyu Jianghu updates with some new images.

Dec. 7th
- A press screening and launching ceremony of Michelle's new documentary, "Among the great apes with Michelle Yeoh," was held Monday afternoon at the Golden Screen Cinemas in Mid Valley in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The film premieres on the National Geographic Channel on December 9th in Malaysia.   (Links: Astro Klue)

(1-2) Michelle and baby orangutans     (3) "Among the great apes with Michelle Yeoh"   (4) press screening
(click to enlarge. photos from "The Star", "Effa" and "Klue")

A few days earlier Malaysian reporters interviewed Michelle over the phone about the documentary. Michelle said she is in the middle of filming Jianyu Jianghu and she has another two film projects under negotiation. She said she will visit her family in Malaysia for the Chinese New Year (next February).

"The Star": Datuk Michelle Yeoh does her bit to help protect the endangered orang utan
    In the article Michelle talks about her journey as a volunteer at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah (including her climbing on a 25m (82 feet) tree). There are so many treasures there and she said they are talking about doing another programme on the plight of the pygmy rhinoceros.

- Michelle was in Singapore over the weekend for the opening of a new Louis Vuitton store in Ngee Ann City. She is a co-designer of the new 2nd level of the duplex boutique where she had given ideas and inspiration to create a refined apartment-like interior with the Malletier's architecture team.

Michelle at the LV store opening in Singapore, Dec. 5
(3) with chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault

right photo: homestyle interior co-designed by Michelle
(click to enlarge. photos from "Apple Daily", "UDN", "Oriental Dialy", "Tom", "DivaAsia" and "Liberty Times")

Dec. 4th

(click to enlarge)
- A 50-minute Hi-Definition documentary, Among the great apes with Michelle Yeoh, will be premiered on the National Geographic Channel (Astro Channel 553) in Malaysia, December 9th at 9 pm.

Synopsis: Malaysian superstar Michelle Yeoh returns home to Malaysia to see her adopted orangutan for the first time at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.
Description:   "Join renowned Malaysian superstar Michelle Yeoh on a very personal journey back home to Malaysia and into the world of the orang-utan. Orang-utans - whose name means 'persons of the forest' are among the planet's most endangered primates, and they are the only great ape found in Asia.

Once ranging from China to Java, orangutans now survive only on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. They could be extinct in less than 50 years if nothing is done to protect them and the forest they depend on. Due to poaching and illegal logging, orangutans have lost their natural habitat and forced into smaller areas, making it difficult for them to sustain long-term population and biodiversity.

Filmed in high definition, the program takes Michelle to Sabah on the island of Borneo where she finds out what's being done to protect orangutans and meets many people - from local Malaysians to international conservationists who, devote their lives to the battle to save orangutans from extinction."   -- from Men's Health Malaysia
Back in June, Michelle joined the film crew and workers at the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre for three weeks in Sabah, eastern Malaysia. When she was invited to host the documentary, she said she would like to really go with the team to the forest instead of only showing her face. She said it is our duty to treasure and protect wild animals.

"Michelle was wonderful to work with. She is not only professional, but also a great sport, as she wanted to be involved in everything from day one," said Lina Teoh, a producer of the documentary. "She was like a big sponge, constantly soaking up every experience. Easy-going and down-to-earth, and even though we were stuck in the jungle with creepy crawlies everywhere, she never once complained. ... We didn't just want a pretty face. We also wanted someone who sincerely cared for the apes so that the story is being sincerely told."

According to the reports, Michelle adopted two baby orangutans in the rehabilitation centre, one is named "Sen" and another named "Michelle" (suggested by workers in the centre). Michelle promised to go back to visit them before they will be returned to the forest. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre was founded 1964 with the aim of returning orphaned, injured or displaced orangutans into the wild.

The documentary is directed by Harun Rahman with executive producer/co-director Lara Ariffin. It is produced by Kuala Lumpur-based film production company Novista Sdn Bhd in conjunction with the National Geographic Channel and FINAS (National Film Development Corporation Malaysia).

Dec. 2nd
- Watch the new road safety documentary featuring Michelle, "A Vaccine for Road Safety," on Make Roads Safe or Fia Foundation. 25 minutes.

- A new Vertu advertisement image has been added in Gallery.

Nov. 29th
- New in Jianyu Jianghu: report and photos from media set visit in Shanghai - including stills and set photos of Michelle in costume! The production is moving to Hengdian, Zhejiang Province.

Michelle on the Shanghai set
(click to enlarge. "Sina" and "Sohu" photos. more photos in Jianyu Jianghu)

Nov. 27th
- Jianyu Jianghu: teaser poster.

- True Legend: official website (English and Chinese) and wallpapers (including Michelle's).

- Many new photos of Michelle at the National Press Club on Oct. 14 have been added in Turning Point.

Nov. 25th
- True Legend: official posters and cast photos. Chinese official website.

Michelle as Sister Yu in "True Legend"
(click to enlarge)

Nov. 24th
- In June Michelle filmed a documentary in Sabah, Borneo Island in eastern Malaysia on orangutans, a species of great apes native to Indonesia and Malaysia, for National Geographic. The documentary, "Among the great apes of Asia with Michelle Yeoh," will be airing on the National Geographic Channel on December 9th. (not sure it will be globally or in certain regions)

- More photos from Moscow, Nov. 18-20. (click to enlarge. "Make Roads Safe" photos)

Viktor Kiryanov, the head of Russian traffic police, presenting award to Michelle

Nov. 20th
- Photos: Michelle speaks at the opening session of the UN summit, November 19, Moscow (click to enlarge). Ministers meeting has approved the Moscow Declaration, which calls for a Decade of Action for Road Safety.

- Links:
    Make Roads Safe: Road safety needs urgent global action
    ABC: International summit in Moscow to cut road toll (podcast, with a short interview of Michelle)

- In Videos: New versions of the video of the L'Oreal Commercial featuring Li Bingbing, Michelle and Eileen Zhang, one in Mandarin and one in Cantonese with English subtitles.

Nov. 19th
- Article by Michelle: Highway To Hell ("The Time of India")

- Photos: Michelle on the Russian press conference on the Decade of Action call, November 18. (click to enlarge)
  Make Roads Safe: Moscow Ministerial must deliver

Nov. 18th
- Michelle is in Moscow for UN's First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety (November 19th & 20th). During a press conference today (18th), Michelle was honored by the Russian State Road Safety Inspectorate for her contribution on the global road safety.

Michelle will be launching a new documentary at the Moscow Ministerial and she will be a speaker at the conference.

AP: World leaders urged to boost road safety
Times: UN summit to halt number of people killed on roads around the world

(1) Viktor Kiryanov (right), the head of Russian traffic police,
presents a special interior ministry award to Michelle
(2) Michelle and Britain's Prince Michael of Kent on the press conference
("AP" photos. click to enlarge)

Nov. 16th
- Jianyu Jianghu: some sneak set photos from Shanghai.

- True Legend updates.

Nov. 12th
- A new road safety documentary featuring Michelle, A Vaccine for Road Safety, will be shown worldwide on BBC World News on Saturday November 14th and Sunday the 15th (World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims). The 25 minute documentary was filmed on location in countries including Malaysia, India, Russia, South Africa, Vietnam and the US.

Michelle is now in Shanghai filming Jianyu Jianghu. She will attend next week's first Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Moscow.

- A "Screen Daily" report mentioned today that Michelle is attached to play Burmese political leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a biopic/drama being developed by British film companies BBC Films and Left Bank Pictures.

"It's not just a political story - it's a tragic love story. This is a woman educated at Oxford, married to an Englishman and who has two sons. She goes to her homeland to help for a few months and it turns into a 20-year house arrest," said U.K. producer Andy Harries in early 2008 when they were in talks with Michelle for the role. "It's a love triangle. She is torn between her love of her country, which looks to her as a symbol of hope, and her family. Her husband, who spent 10 years campaigning for her, died of cancer having been denied entry to see her and she still remains estranged from her children. We are talking about someone who is the Nelson Mandela of Asia."

The script is penned by cutting edge filmmaker and novelist Rebecca Frayn and the tentative title is The Divided Heart (originally "Freedom From Fear").

Aung San Suu Kyi (born in 1945) is the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner and she is considered as Burmese democracy icon.

Nov. 6th
- Far North is being shown on the 6th Malta International Film Festival (Oct. 30 and Nov. 7).

Nov. 3rd
- In Jianyu Jianghu: report, photos and news videos from the press conference/opening lens ceremony in Shanghai. Michelle has been in Shanghai since last weekend.

Oct. 30th
- Jianyu Jianghu updates: synopsis and filming information.

- Hua Mulan: Jingle Ma's Mulan film will be released in November. Also information on Arclight Films' version of Mulan film.

Oct. 29th
- True Legend: official images (including Michelle's) and character teasers.

- In Videos: new L'Oreal Commercial featuring actress Li Bingbing (Michelle's co-star in Silver Hawk), Michelle and Eileen Zhang, Miss World 2007 title holder (China). Photo at left: Eileen Zhang, Li Bingbing, and Michelle.   (click to enlarge)

Oct. 27th
- On October 22nd, Michelle attended the FIA Foundation's 2009 annual general meeting in Paris. Read the report and Michelle's interview, "Journey of Hope", in Turning Point section.

right photo: Michelle with FIA Foundation Chairman Carlos Macaya
at the Annual General Assembly (click to enlarge)

Oct. 23rd
- Congratulations Jean Todt and Michelle -- Jean Todt was elected president of the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) today in Paris.

Michelle and Jean Todt arriving at the Westin Hotel for the FIA election

Michelle and Michael Schumacher leaving the hotel after the election
(click to enlarge. photos from "Getty", "Reuters", "AP" and "PurePeople")

Oct. 22nd
- Video special: Michelle interview at Anlene event on World Osteoporosis Day ( RazorTV, in English)
    Part 1: Tough but feminine   (03:47)
    Part 2: Fabulous at 40   (04:55)
    Part 3: Michelle Yeoh's next movie   (03:55)

- Singapore Press: This butt-kicker still a looker at 47

Oct. 21st
- Video: Anlene Movement advertisement, featuring Michelle and Hong Kong singer Du Dezhi. The Anlene Movement is to be held in Hong Kong on Oct. 24.

(click on images to enlarge)

Oct. 20th
- On October 20th, Michelle attended an Anlene press event in Singapore for the launch of the "Cheers to Strong Bones" campaign on the occasion of World Osteoporosis Day. The campaign will raise funds in support of the Osteoporosis Society of Singapore .

Michelle talked about her new film Jianyu Jianghu with the Singapore press. "The key message of the story is that we're all living a second life... We're always trying to be something that we're not. The past catches up in the end and tails you no matter where you go. But it's also a story about love," said Michelle.

In regards to "People" magazine recently choosing her as one of the "35 All-Time Screen Beauties," Michelle said: "To be the only Asian actress included (on the list), I'm honoured. In a way, I feel I am representing Asian women from this part of the world and would love for Asian women to embrace the elegance and grace which we possess."

(click to enlarge. photos from "Xin", "China Press", "TNP", "AsiaOne", and "DivaAsia")

Oct. 19th
- True Legend: official trailer and Michelle cast trailer. (thanks Bin for the help with the clips)

- On October 18, Michelle attended the 3rd anniversary and fundrising banquet dinner for her father's Malaysia Businessman Sports and Recreation Club in Tangkak, Johor, Malaysia. More than 1,000 people greeted Michelle and her father who is turning 85 next week. During the banquet a special birthday celebration was held for Datuk Yeoh Kian Teik.

(1-2) Michelle and her father   (3-4) Happy birthday Datuk Yeoh Kian Teik

(1-2) fans rush for autographs and photos with Michelle

Michelle officiating the ceremony
(click on photos w/borders to enlarge. photos from "SinChew", "Lifetv", "Guangming" and "China Press")

- Updates on Michelle's new project Jianyu Jianghu. Filming will begin on October 30th.

Oct. 15th
- Video: Michelle Yeoh Urges Congress to Join Worldwide Action to Stop Road Death Epidemic   (11:18)

Make Roads Safe report: Make Roads Safe 'Decade' call in Washington D.C.
More photos of Michelle in Washington D.C., October 14th:

Michelle at the National Press Club
photo at right: Michelle and Juan José Daboub, Managing Director of the World Bank

left photo (L to R): FIA Foundation Director General David Ward, US Make Roads Safe Chair
and former US Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, Michelle Yeoh and
US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the US Senate

(click to enlarge. photos from "Make Roads Safe", "Fia Foundation" and "MeetTheFamous")

Oct. 14th
- Press release: Actress Michelle Yeoh Urges US Congress To Act On Global Road Deaths Epidemic
News photos: Michelle speaks at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.. (news conference, 10:00 AM, First Amendment Lounge)

(click to enlarge. "Getty" photos)

Oct. 13th
- Michelle is going to be promoting the global road safety campaign tomorrow in D.C.. See advertisement at left (click to enlarge).

When: October 14, 2009, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: World Bank MC Atrium

Oct. 12th
- As part of their 35th anniversary celebration, "People" magazine published a special on the actresses who've influenced Hollywood then and now, "35 All-Time Screen Beauties". Michelle is the only Asian actress on the list.

"35 All-Time Screen Beauties": 1990s - Michelle Yeoh
        "Grace and strength are two contrasting qualities that perfectly describe Yeoh. One of PEOPLE's Most Beautiful in 1997, the Chinese actress crossed over to Hollywood when she portrayed a sexy yet strong Bond girl in Tomorrow Never Dies. Six years later, she showed off why she's knownas "the queen of martial arts" in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

Oct. 10th
- In Photos: some old photos of Michelle with Anita Mui and Eddie Lau, December 1989.
  (In Memory Of Anita Mui, October 10, 1963 - December 30, 2003)

- Jianyu Jianghu (Jian Yu Jiang Hu) updates.

- While preparing her new film, Michelle is also jetting around as Make Roads Safe campaign's global ambassador. She is going to Washington D.C. next week.

Oct. 8th
- Photos: Michelle at the Louis Vuitton Jewellery Party, October 7, Paris.

Michelle with actress Gong Li

(1-2) Michelle and Jean Todt   (3) (L to R) Yves Carcelle, chairman and
CEO of Louis Vuitton, Gong Li, Michelle and Jean Todt
(4) (L to R) Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi, American actress Camilla Belle, and Michelle
(click to enlarge. photos from "Getty", "Style", "Redcarpet", "Sina" and "Timewarp")

Oct. 7th
- News Photos: Michelle attending Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer 2010 collection during Paris Fashion Week, Cour Carree du Louvr, Paris, October 7th.

(1-2) watching the runway presentation   (3-4) L to R: French actress Helene de Fougerolles,
Louis Vuitton communications director Antoine Arnault, and Michelle
(5) Michelle and Rebecca Carcelle, wife of Director General of Louis Vuitton

(click to enlarge. photos from "Getty", "Picapp", "AP", "Abaca", "WWD", "Celebuzz" and "PurePeople")

- According to Malaysian media, Michelle is going to be officiating the celebration and fundrising banquet dinner for her father's Malaysia Businessman Sports and Recreation Club on Sunday October 18th in Tangkak, Johor, Malaysia.

- Michelle's new Anlene advertisement in Asia (click to enlarge):

The photo at left was taken by a Michelle fan in a store in Penang, Malaysia. The photo at right - a Michelle taxi - was taken by Brandon Chang (Blog) in Taipei, Taiwan.

Oct. 5th
- Photos: Michelle with Malaysian students at the 1Malaysia Hari Raya open house at Pavillon Davphine, Paris, October 4th.   (click to enlarge. photos from "NST" and "Nursamad")

  "New Straits Times": Michelle Yeoh wows students at 1Malaysia open house

- The Children of Huang Shi updates: German poster and official website. The film will be released in Germany on October 8th.

Sept. 29th
- On September 29th, Michelle, as Make Roads Safe's global ambassador, attended the launch of the iRAP (International Road Assessment Programme) Malaysia Report in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Michelle said she was very proud Malaysia had in participation with iRAP to carry out the assessment programme as it was important to know the shortcomings of the roads in the country. "We need our roads to be safe for our people, for our children, for our breadwinners. A few seconds in a road crash will cause them a lifetime of grief," said Michelle.

Malaysia backs Decade at iRAP launch

Michelle is going to attend the UN Ministerial Conference on global road safety in Moscow, November 19-20.

(2) Michelle and Ong Tee Keat, Malaysian Transport Minister on the press conference
(3) Michelle, Ong Tee Keat, and Deputy Works Minister Yong Khoon Seng (right)

(1) Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat signing for the support of Decade of Action
(2) Malaysian ministers and officials sign their names to the Call for a Decade of Action
(click to enlarge. photos from "Kwongwah" and "Sinchew" )

Sept. 28th
- More photos from the Clinton Global Initiative in New York last week.

(1) Michelle with the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd   (2) Michelle with Carlos Slim of Mexico
(3) Michelle with Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the InterAmerican Development Bank
("Make Roads Safe" photos. click to enlarge)

- New images in Photos -> Photoshoots.

Sept. 27th
- The Singapore Grand Prix, Sunday, September 27th.

(3) Michelle with Force India F1 team owner Vijay Mallya  
(4) (L to R) Jean Todt, Michelle, and Ari Vatanen, another FIA presidential candidate

Michelle and Jean Todt
(photos from "Getty", "F1-live", "Motorsport" and "GPupdate". click to enlarge)

Sept. 26th
- Photos: Michelle and Jean Todt attending the Qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, September 26th.   (photos from "F1-live", "Getty" and "GPupdate". click to enlarge)

Sept. 25th

Michelle, Make Roads Safe ambassador, former US President Bill Clinton
and FIA Foundation Director General David Ward
(photos from "Make Roads Safe" and "Stellar Entertainment". click to enlarge)

- On September 24th at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Michelle launched a $10 million scheme with former US President Bill Clinton to help the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) improve the safety of road infrastructure in developing countries. At the CGI annual meeting, FIA Foundation made the ten year commitment to fund iRAP provide 'vaccines for roads' - working with developing country partners to assess the safety performance of road networks, making technical recommendations to governments and providing cost/benefit analysis for fixing the road infrastructure design flaws that contribute to the global road death epidemic.

"Thousands of people are killed or injured every day in developing countries because essential safety measures are left out of road infrastructure projects. We must do more to protect all road users. It's often just a simple case of putting a crossing point in to help children get to school or ensuring that cyclists and pedestrians are separated from busy traffic," said Michelle when announcing the iRAP commitment.

Michelle Yeoh launches 'Vaccines for Roads' scheme with Bill Clinton

Michelle left New York yesterday and headed to Singapore.

Sept. 24th
- News photos: Michelle attending the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative opening reception on September 23, the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

(click to enlarge. photos from "PurePeople", "Picapp","Abaca" and "Getty")

Sept. 23rd
- New film page Jian Yu Jiang Hu has been created. Production will start at the end of October in Mainland China and Taiwan. Read more...

- Dirt Rich In Shanghai, a romantic comedy which is co-produced by Michelle, had a premiere ceremony on September 21st in Beijing. Producers Terence Chang and John Woo, director Peter Lee, and the main cast members attended the event. Michelle was absent. She is now in New York.

- News photos: Michelle during U.S. President Barack Obama's remarks at the annual Clinton Global Initiative, Sheraton Hotel, New York City, Sept. 22. (photos from "AP" and "Getty")

Sept. 18th
- An interview of Michelle with CEN (i-CABLE Entertainment News Channel) was aired in Hong Kong earlier this week.

Watch online: StarShow 30 Minutes   (24:32. in Cantonese with Chinese subtitles)

Michelle and CEN host Albert
(click to enlarge. photos from "Apple Daily" and "Mingpao")

- More photos from the eSafety Challenge 2009 in Rome, September 8th. ("eSafety Challenge" photos. click to enlarge)

(1) Michelle and ACEA Secretary-General Ivan Hodac   (2) with Michael Schumacher
(5) with Jean Todt at the conference dinner

(1) Michelle accepts interview   (2-3) test drives   (4) eSafety excellence prizes

Sept. 16th
- On Septemebr 15th, Michelle attended the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit gala in Toronto as an amfAR ambassador and event chair. The event took place during the annual Toronto International Film Festival.

Michelle on redcarpet

Michelle giving speech

(1) Michelle and amfAR CEO Kevin Frost
(2-4) Michelle and Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, an event chair and former member of the British Royal Family

(click to enlarge. photos from "Epoch Times", "Pure People", "Reuters", "Abaca" and "Getty")

Sept. 13th
- Updates on Jian Yu Jiang Hu ("Rain Of Swords In The Martial Arts World"): production will start next month and the art design team has been in Shanghai since the end of August. Set construction will begin on location at Shanghai Image Maker (Shanghai Shengqiang Film Studio) and Hengdian World Studios soon. Hong Kong actor Wong Hei told reporters that he will film with Michelle in Hengdian, Zhejiang Province in the middle of October.

The film leads will be Michelle and South Korean actor Jung Woo-sung and the two characters will be romantically involved. It is described by producer Terence Chang as a Gu Long style martial arts story. (Jane's notes: Gu Long was a well known Taiwanese martial arts novelist (1936-1985). Michelle's Butterfly & Sword (1993) was a film adaptation of a Gu Long novel.)

- Photoshoots from "Apple Daily" (click to enlarge):

Sept. 8th
- News photos: Michelle attending the eSafety Challenge 2009 on September 8 in Rome, Italy.
Related reports:
First eSafety Challenge gathered high-level support for eSafety Technologies
Star drivers show life saving eSafety technologies

(1) (L to R): Jean Todt, president of eSafetyAware, Michael Schumacher, seven-time F1
Champion, Paul Clark, UK Misnister for Transport, Michelle, Make Roads Safe ambassador,
Jorgo Chatzemarkakis, member of the European Parliament
(2) Michelle giving remarks

Michelle, Jean Todt, and Michael Schumacher at the 2009 eSafety Challenge

last photo: Michelle and Jean Todt was about to take a test ride for eSafety driving experience
(click to enlarge. photos from "eSafety Challenge", "Omniauto", "Getty", and "CFP")

Sept. 3rd
- Michelle attended two public events in Hong Kong on September 3rd. She's heading to Rome the next day.

News photos: Michelle attending a road safety press conference as global Make Roads Safe ambassador. The event was organized by the Road Safety Council to promote road safety and safe driving - "3C Good Driver" - driving with "Care, Concern and Commitment".

News videos:
Interviews:   01:29 (Cantonese)   01:16 (Mandarin)
Ceremony:   01:31 (Mandarin)   01:51 (Mandarin and Cantonese)   00:35 (Mandarin)

the 2009 Road Safety Launching Ceremony cum Responsible Drivers Pledging Ceremony, Hong Kong Police Headquarters
middle pic: (L to R) Lawrence Yu, businessman and /member of Community Sports Committee, Michelle, Taiwanese
singer and actress Karena Lam, Hong Kong singer and actor Leo Ku, and former Miss Hong Kong Lee Shan Shan

News photos: Michelle on an Anlene news conference.

left photo: Michelle with David Ross, general manager of Fonterra (Singapore) and Hong Kong pop singer Du Dezhi
(click to enlarge. photos from "Tungstar", "Getty", "HunanTV", "Sun", "Takung", "Wenwei", "CNS" and "Apple Daily")

- True Legend release updates.

Aug. 30th
- On August 28th and 29th, Michelle was in her hometown Ipoh and attended the Buddha Relics & Tibetan Antiques Cultural Exhibition Series there. It is said to be the world's largest exhibition featuring Buddhist masters' sariras and related relics and antiquities. Michelle accepted Buddhist Anointment (Guanding) that was performed by the 18th Dromtug Rinpoche Losang Choekye Pelden, who was born in Taiwan and is the highest-ranking Rinpoche of the Kadhampa Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Michelle only stayed in Ipoh for a couple of days before going to Hong Kong on Sunday. She celebrated with her family her birthday in Chinese Calendar (7th of July, which is also known as "Chinese Valentine's Day").

(1-2) Dromtug Rinpoche introducing the exhibition, Aug. 28
(3) Michelle, her mother (left), and other relatives with Dromtug Rinpoche, Aug. 29

Aug 29:   (1) adding a piece of gold paper to Buddha statue
(2) a monk explaining about an instrument   (3) Michelle greets Dromtug Rinpoche
(photos from Malaysian "Kwong Wah", "Sin Chew" and "China Press". click on pics w/borders to enlarge)

Sariras, which are the pearl-like remnants of Buddhist masters after cremation (not seen in everyday people)
(photos provided by Emily. more photos of the exhibition can be seen at Emily's blog)

[Jane's notes]   Sarira is the Buddhist treasure Michelle's character tries to protect in the film The Touch. In fact I had never fully understood the true meaning of sariras and anointment until I read the book "Zhuan Falun" (English version   Chinese version), the very book for which tens of thousands of Chinese people risk detention, jail, and even their lives to read (the book was banned by the communist government in 1999). Wen, my best friend in China who introduced the book to me, is still being detained in a forced labor camp in Beijing for her belief. And the lawyer her family got for her last year is among the dozens of Chinese lawyers whose licenses were suspended this year by the government for their daring to defend Falun Gong practitioners and victims of other human right abuses.

- Michelle's name is listed as a candidate for China's 2009 Top 10 Charity Stars. The event is organized by Bazaar magazine and the final result will be announced at the Bazaar Charity Gala at the end of September. Online Voting is open until Sept. 15th. (Michelle is in the 4th row from the bottom)

Aug. 26th
- Updates on Jian Yu Jiang Hu (also known as "The Sword and The Martial Arts World", "Rain Of Swords In The Martial Arts World", or "The Swordswoman's World"): according to The Beijing News, Beijing Galloping Horse Film & TV Production has joined as a co-production company. Producer/Director John Woo's daughter, Angeles Woo, will have a cameo role in the film as a female killer.

In addition to Michelle and South Korean actor Jung Woo-sung, the cast will also include Chinese actor Wang Xueqi (Forever Enthralled, Warriors of Heaven and Earth), Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue (Infernal Affairs), Taiwanese actress, singer and TV host Barbie Hsu, as well as several acting clients from Stellar Entertainment including Taiwanese actress Kelly Lin, Hong Kong actor Wong Hei, and Mainland newcomer Ranee Yuan.

Currently filming is scheduled to start in October in Shanghai. (For earlier reports on the project please see News of July 7).

Aug. 25th
- YouTube videos:
    L'Oreal Paris: Michelle Yeoh Interview at Cannes, 2009   (01:34)
    NTDTV: Michelle Yeoh Birthday Celebration, 2008   (01:37)
    MartialArchiveTv: Supercop Interview, 1996   (07:05)
    Mingpao: Michelle Interview, May 29, 2009, Hong Kong   (01:17, in Cantonese)

Aug. 20th

- Finally, I have got Michelle In Advertisements up in "Photos". It includes a set of rarely seen images of Michelle and Chow Yun-Fat's watch ad in 1984.

Aug. 17th
- Michelle is scheduled to attend the "eSafety Challenge 2009" on September 8th, at ACI Vallelunga, Campagnano di Roma, Italy.

- More news photos of a past event have been added to Turning Point.

Aug. 16th
- Here is the final version of this year's Birthday Special:
      Birthday Greetings to Michelle (year 2009)
This year we received 211 messages. One was written to us by our very Michelle, and 210 birthday greetings to Michelle from fans over 41 countries/regions: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Burma, Cameroon, Canada, China, Cambodia, Congo, Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Laos, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, UK, USA, Venezuela, and Vietnam. THANKS EVERYONE!

We also thank you for your support to the Make Roads Safe Campaign for which Michelle is the global ambassador.
      Our Support to the Make Roads Safe Campaign
The name list and signature photos will be sent to the Make Roads Safe soon. BTW, have you recognized a familiar face among the photos? The person co-stared with Michelle in The Touch and Silver Hawk. ;-)

- Two new pages in Photos: Wedgwood Award (2000) and photos of Michelle at the Miss Malaysia / World 1983 Pageant.

Aug. 11th
- Michelle is going to attend the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit gala in Toronto on September 15. The event will take place at The Carlu, Toronto, Canada during the 34th annual Toronto International Film Festival. Michelle will be serving as an event chair.

- French version of Biography and Q&A have been added. Many thanks to Joachim and Sandrine!
        La Biographie De Michelle Yeoh   Michelle Yeoh Q & A

- New images in Photos -> Photoshoots.

- Some new articles/interviews have been added in Miscellaneous.

Aug. 9th
- Michelle Yeoh to attend 2009 Clinton Global Initiative in New York , September 22-25.

- Photos from June 19th: Michelle attending the launch of a road safety campaign at Australian International School Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur.
The Star: Stunt queen talks safety

(click to enlarge. photos from "AISM", "Star" and "Expat")

Aug. 7th
- True Legend updates: director talks about Michelle and her Sister Yu character - Yuen Woo-Ping is bringing Michelle's character from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon back to screen! Also two set photos of Michelle. And more.

- Dirt Rich In Shanghai, a romantic comedy which is produced by Terence Chang, John Woo, and Michelle, will be released on September 28th in China. Directed by Taiwanese director Peter Lee, the Chinese language film stars Sun Honglei, Kelly Lin, and Hung Shiao-Ling (the later two are acting clients of Michelle and Terence Chang's Stellar Entertainment).

Aug. 5th
Message from Michelle Yeoh
Name: michelle
Location: from the heart


thank you to each and everyone of u for ur unconditional love and support. Everyday is a special day but tomorrow is extra special because of all of you.

your wishes and most of all your joining together to support our call for A Decade of Action for Road safety is a precious gift.

i send each of you a smile and a kiss.
much love,

posted on Birthday Special 2009 Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 2:37AM Pacific Time / 11:37AM Central European Time
Guess what, before I sent our messages to Michelle, our lady came and visited the Birthday Greetings board and left us a message (from France)!

Thank you Michelle for your inspiration - from your films as well as real life! Happy Birthday!

View Current Birthday Greetings
View Current Support to the Make Roads Safe Campaign

(animation by Bin, from Sichuan, China)

The Birthday Special signing will be open until August 15th. All messages sent in will be forwarded to Michelle. (the order of the entries will be reversed eventually, i.e., the earliest entry will be displayed on top in the final version.)

Oh, this is also the 11th anniversary of this website, Michelle Yeoh Web Theatre. (11 years? wow... I probably would have been too scared to start this website if I knew...) I would like to take this opportunity to say a thank you to everyone, for your visits, support and encouragement, for years and years. THANK YOU!

Aug. 4th
- Since some friends need more time for the preparation of the photos of supporting the road safety project, we will extend our birthday messages /gifts collection a little bit longer, to August 15. We will send one round of birthday greetings to Michelle tomorrow, and the final round after the 15th.

Michelle Yeoh Birthday Special 2009   (by August 15)

- On the left is the cover picture of the "Review Asia" magazine, issue of October 2008. You may read the cover story here. (note that some information on the film 1949 is outdated)   (click on the image to enlarge)

Aug. 3rd
- Turning Point: The official website has launched. You can watch the full film (film length 47:57) as well as several shorter versions.

images from the official website

"Helmet For Kids", Vietnam   (thanks Bin for the images)
(click to enlarge)

Jul. 31st
- New movie page: Turning Point. It contains many photos we have seen as well as some new ones. Also a new image has been added to the slide show on the front page.

Jul. 29th
- It's one week before Michelle's birthday! If you would like to send your birthday greetings to Michelle but haven't done so, don't miss the deadline (next Tuesday). For those who have promised to submit a photo of you holding a signed Decade of Action board, please do not forget to send in your photo by Tuesday, August 4. If any of you needs longer time for the photo preparation please let me know. All messages, photos, and a name list on supporting the road safety campaign will be sent to Michelle.

Jul. 28th
- News photos: Michelle and Jean Todt flew to Budapest, Hungary on Tuesday July 28 and visited Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa at Budapest's AEK hospital. Massa fractured his skull in an accident during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix last Saturday. His doctor said he is recovering well.

(click to enlarge. "Reuters" photos)

Jul. 24th
- New in Photos -> Magazines: Images of Michelle from several older magazines - "Vanity Fair" (March 2006), " National Geographic" (August 1999), and "People" (May 1997 ).

- The Children of Huang Shi: German release has been rescheduled for October 8th.

Jul. 21st
- Videos on Make Roads Safe, filmed in Vietnam, March 2008:   (thanks Bin!)
      Helmets for Kids Advertisement (00:21, no sound)
      AIP Foundation Helmet Report (documentary film featuring Michelle): part 1 (05:25)   part 2 (05:48)
      Michelle Yeoh in Hanoi (00:50)

- Letter from the Chairman of the FIA Foundation to Mr Ari Vatanen
(* The FIA Foundation is an independent UK registered charity which manages and supports an international programme of activities promoting road safety, environmental protection and sustainable mobility, as well as funding specialist motor sport safety research. )

Jul. 17th
- Michelle was featured as the cover story of "Inside Kung-Fu" magazine, issue of July 2009.   (click on the image at left to enlarge)

- Video from Cannes: Michelle talks about movies   (01:17 in English. May 2009)

- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will be screened on August 9-11 during a film series, Intimate Views from Afar: the Films of Ang Lee, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York City.

Jul. 14th
- More photos from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 8th.   (click to enlarge. Make Roads Safe photos)

(1) Michelle giving a speeach on the conference   (2-4) Michelle with children

(1) Michelle and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete

(1) African Transport Ministers join Michelle in supporting the Decade of Action for Road Safety
(2) President Kikwete (center) endorses the proposal for a Decade of Action for Road Safety
(click to enlarge. "Make Roads Safe" photos)

Jul. 10th
- Although the cast for Jun Ling Ru Shan (Women Warriors of the Yang Family) won't be officially announced until December, the open casting call, "Searching For New Women Warriors of the Yang Family," which will select 12 supporting female roles for the film, has started in various areas in China. Image at left is a poster from Mianyang City, Sichuan Province. Cast listed (L to R): Yu Shaoqun (plays Yang Wen Guang) and Fan Bingbing, Siqin Gaowai (Mother She / She Tai Jun), Andy Lau (Yang Zong Bao), Michelle (Mu Gui Ying), Wang Gang (Wang Qiang), and S.H.E..   (click to enlarge)

Official blog for the casting call (in Chinese)

For more details on the project please see previous report on News of June 9.

Jul. 8th
- Michelle Yeoh Birthday Special 2009

Yep, it's our annual Birthday Special time! If you would like to say something to Michelle - your appreciation, your admiration, and/or your wishes to her, this will be a perfect time. As we have done for the past seven years, all messages will be forwarded to Michelle.

This year, in addition to collecting birthday messages, we will also be preparing a SPECIAL GIFT for our special lady. Please enter the Birthday Special page for details. The special gift will be sent to Michelle along with the birthday messages. (Note that you can send in your message without participating in the special gift.)

Thank you all!

- News photos: Michelle in Tanzania for the Make Roads Safe campaign, July 8th.   (click to enlarge)

1. African Transport Ministers join Michelle in supporting
the Decade of Action for Road Safety   2. Michelle with children

"Make Roads Safe" report: African ministers call for Decade of Action for road safety

Jul. 7th
- Updates on Jian Yu Jiang Hu (It's being listed as "Jianyu Jianghu" on IMDB, and translated by English language media as "The Sword and The Martial Arts World," "The Sword and Jianghu," "Rain Of Swords In The Martial Arts World," etc.): during a phone interview with the "Associated Press," producer Terence Chang said that filming is expected to start in Shanghai in October. The US$10 million Chinese-language martial arts film, which will star Michelle and South Korean actor Jung Woo-sung, is about the son of a Ming dynasty official who unwittingly falls in love with a female contract killer who murdered his father. Taiwanese director Su Chao-pin (Silk) will be the executive director and John Woo will be supervising.

Other sources revealed that the script was written by director Su Chao-pin who is well known for writing mysteries / thrillers. Taiwanese actress Kelly Lin has signed on the project. It will be a co-production of Michelle's Stellar Entertainment, John Woo's Lion Rock Productions, and Media Asia Group.

Jul. 5th
- News photo: Michelle and Jean Todt attending an event honoring French singer, actress and activist Line Renaud at the Elysee Palace in Paris, June 30th.
(click to enlarge. "Pure People" photo)

- Michelle is going to attend the 2009 Make Roads Safe Africa Conference on July 8th in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She will be one of the speakers and will introduce the film on the Make Roads Safe.

Jul. 1st

Michelle and Vertu   (click to enlarge)

- Last image is the Constellation Vivre collection, which was co-designed by Michelle whose inspiration comes from the flora and woodlands of her home country Malaysia.

- In Event Photos: some new photos/sections have been added, including a "new" image from the 1983 Miss World Pageant.

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