Michelle Yeoh Web Theatre
News January - June, 2010

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Jun. 13th
- [Note] I'm going for a vacation and there will be no update before July 3rd. See ya next month!

- As THE birthday time approaching, here I have set up this year's Birthday Special page. It's now a chance to say something to our special lady. All messages received will be forwarded to Michelle by her birthday (August 6). Please enter your message by August 4 and please use English only. Thank you all!

Michelle Yeoh Birthday Special 2010

- News photos: Michelle on the red carpet of the opening ceremony of the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival, June 12th. For more photos and a video please see Reign of Assassins section.

Michelle and Jung Woo-sung on the red carpet

last photo: Michelle and Chinese actor Zhang Fengyi

(click to enlarge. photos from "Getty", "Sohu", "Ifeng", "Misos", and "163")

Jun. 12th
- Photos and a report from Reign of Assassins press conference in Shanghai.

Jun. 11th
- Reign of Assassins: distribution rights for North American and release information.

Jun. 10th
- The documentary Great Apes with Michelle Yeoh will be aired on NGC Asia on Sarturday, June 19th (June 18 - 20 in Japan). Here are some new or higher resolution images (click to enlarge).

Jun. 8th
- Reign of Assassins updates with new images.

- Rosette, the Michelle fan from Philippines who shared some of her photos and a video on Michelle's Manila trip (see news of May 28th), wrote a story on her encounter with Michelle on that day. I personally enjoyed reading her story. Thanks Rosette for sharing!
  Rosette's story (pdf): My One Day Someday Episode - a Michelle Yeoh Encounter

Jun. 6th
- News photos: Michelle and Jean Todt watching the men's final match of the 2010 French Open tennis championship, Roland Garros stadium, Paris, on June 6th.

last photo (front row L to R): Spain's Queen Sofia, France's Prime Minister Francois Fillon, President of the French tennis federation Jean Gachassin,
and Paris' mayor Bertrand Delanoe, (2nd row) Patrick De Carolis (L), president of France Televisions, French actress Isabelle Adjani (middle),
(3rd row) (R to L) FIA president Jean Todt, Michelle, Jean-Rene Fourtou, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vivendi Group, French international media conglomerate
(click to enlarge. photos from "Reuters", "Getty Images", "Sohu", "Picapp", "Corbis", "163" and "Zimbio")

Jun. 3rd
- Photos: Michelle and Jean Todt attending the departure ceremony of "Paris/Pekin/Paris en camping-car", June 1st, Paris.

(click to enlarge. photos from "ReveFrance")

- In Videos: Michelle's acceptance video of the 2001 EMMA Awards.

- Some photos from Michelle's Lot 10 tour during her Kuala Lumpur trip in April:

Michelle and Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL, visiting
the National Geographic Store in YTL's Lot 10 Shopping Centre

(1) Michelle with Francis Yeoh   (2) Michelle and her brother Robert Yeoh
(click to enlarge. photos from "YTLcommunity" and "VisionKL")

Jun. 2nd
- More from Michelle's Philippines trip:
   GMA: Michelle Yeoh visits RP to promote road safety (02:09)
   YouTube: Michelle Yeoh giving a speech at the Helmet for Kids Ceremony (01:23)

   FIA Foundation: Michelle Yeoh urges road safety action at Asian Development Bank
   GHVI: Helmet Vaccine in Manila
   Philstar: No Take Two: Michelle Yeoh visits RP to promote road safety

- [Cannes Film Festival] Photo collection from the 2010 Cannes has been added in Photos. (with some new photos)

Videos of Michelle interview in Cannes:
   Beauty comes from happiness (03:01)
   On F1 drivers (01:12)

May 28th
- Photos: Michelle at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. May 26th. (ABS-CBN report)

Michelle during the unveiling ceremony of the future site of Road Safety Park

Michelle riding an electric jeepney after the unveiling ceremony to tour the campus
with UP National Center for Transportation Studies director Jose Regin Regidor
(click to enlarge. photos by Rosette and "ABS-CBN")

Thanks Rosette, a Michelle fan in Philippines, for sharing some of her photos and a video!   Watch the video on YouTube (00:35)

(1) Banner promoting the Make Roads Safe program at the entrance of Department of Education, Ortigas City, Philippines
(2) Michelle in the Department of Education, thanking the sponsors for the chance to promote the program
in the Philippines and encouraging the children to wear helmets as a vaccine to head injuries
(3-5) Michelle autographed the helmets of 260 children. "If you promise to wear your helmets, I will sign them for you," said Michelle.
According to "Philippine Daily Inquirer", 1,000 protec helmets were planned to be given to school children, but since the school
year won't open until next month, DepEd managed to gather only 260 children who ride behind their parents on motorcycles
to go to school. The rest of the helmets will be distributed later this year by AAP   (click to enlarge)

- [Cannes Film Festival] NDTV: In conversation with Michelle Yeoh (03:30)

- Reign of Assassins: images from the film tie-in game.

May 26th
- News reports:
Philippine Daily Inquirer: 'Crouching' star on the road to save lives
ABS-CBN: Michelle Yeoh urges Asians to be road safety heroes
Taiwan News: Michelle Yeoh campaigns for road safety in Asia
ABS-CBN: Michelle Yeoh: Road safety envoy post better than my film roles

ABS-CBN News: Michelle Yeoh campaigns for road safety (01:45)
YouTube: Michelle Yeoh at ADB (00:54)

News photos from Philippines, May 26:

Michelle speaks at the ADB Transport Forum, calling for governments to support transport solutions
that will reduce high rate of deaths and injury caused by road acidents in Asia and Pacific

Michelle speaks at a press conference during the road safety campaign forum

Michelle at the press conference

right photo: Michelle during her visit to the Department of Education Training Centre in Pasig City Department of Education

"Helmets for Kids" ceremony

left photo: joining hands with Saul Billingsley (R), deputy director general of the Federation
International Automobile (FIA) and Greig Craft of Global Helmet Vaccine Initiative (GHVI)

Michelle signing children's helmets

(click to enlarge. photos from "AP", "Reuters", "Getty", "CFP", "Yahoo", "MorungExpress", and "NPPA")

May 25th
- Michelle arrived in Manila, Philippines on the 25th. She was invited by the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP), the FIA Foundation, and the Asian Development Bank for road safety promotion. After speaking at the ADB Transport Forum in Manila in the morning of the 26th, in the afternoon Michelle will be distributing free crash helmets to public school children at the Department of Education compound in Pasig city. She will also unveil the marker of the Road Safety Park at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

ABS-CBN: James Bond girl in RP to promote road safety
Philippine Daily Inquirer: Save all road users

(1-3) Michelle at the NAIA Airport, Philippines, May 25
(4) Michelle and Jean Todt with Inquirer reporter Aida Sevilla-Mendoza (left)
at last week's annual FIA Conference Week in Como, Italy
(click to enlarge. photos from "ABS-CBN", "Eric Apolonio", and "Inquirer")

- DreamWorks Animation press release: Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, Jean Claude Van Damme and Victor Garber Join Cast of 'Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom'

DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom, the upcoming sequel to the 2008 Kung Fu Panda which reached over $631 million in worldwide box office, is scheduled to be released on May 27, 2011 (Memorial Day weekend). It has been announced that Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Victor Garber will join the returning cast of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross and James Hong. It will be directed by Jennifer Yuh and produced by Melissa Cobb. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who wrote and co-produced the original film, also return.

Michelle will lend her voice to the film as a mystical character, The Soothsayer, a goat. :-D

May 24th
- Reign of Assassins: new official synopsis and more information on credits/cast.

May 23rd
- [Cannes Film Festival] L'Oreal Paris video: Michelle Yeoh at Cannes 2010   (02:04)

(click to enlarge. video scans)

May 20th
- The leading cast of Reign of Assassins, including Michelle, will attend the opening ceremony of the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival on June 12th.

- Photos of Michelle attending the Andrea Bocelli concert in Singapore, May 8th.

left photo: Michelle with Italian pop tenor Andrea Bocelli (middle) and Tan Sri Datuk Francis Yeoh (left),
managing director of Malaysia's YTL Corporation (click to enlarge. photos from "Malay Mail" and "KL Lifestyle")

- Far North will be screened at the Omega Centre in Portsmouth, U.K., on May 25 by the Portsmouth Film Society.

May 18th
- Michelle is now in Como, Italy, where the annual FIA Conference Week is taking place from May 17-21. Various sessions and forums on road safety are being held during the week. Related report: Yeoh arriving

- [Cannes Film Festival] During her busy three day stay in Cannes, Michelle accepted various group media interviews. Taiwanese media reported that Michelle said she is looking forward to bringing her Reign of Assassins to the red carpet at the Venice in September. "This is my first martial arts film in ten years after Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It would be a lie if I said I'm not excited," said Michelle.

- [Cannes Film Festival] An interview with Michelle Yeoh   (in French. google translation)

- Michelle visiting Malaysia's first National Geographic Store at YTL, Kuala Lumpur (April 2010):  Report and photos  Video (00:54)

- Great Apes with Michelle Yeoh is being aired on DOCUTV in China this week.

May 16th
- News photos: Michelle and FIA president Jean Todt at the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Sunday May 16th.

(click to enlarge. photos from "Motorsport", "GrandPrix", "AP", "Reuters", "Pure People", "Picapp" and "Gpupdate")

May 15th
- [Cannes Film Festival] Michelle and Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly on the red carpet of the premiere of Woody Allen's You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, May 15th:

Red carpet news video   (02:15)

(click to enlarge. photos from "Getty", "Reuters", "AP", "Pure People", and "WireImage")

May 14th
- [Cannes Film Festival] Michelle on the red carpet of the premiere of Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps during the 63rd Cannes International Film Festival, May 14th:

(click to enlarge. photos from "Getty", "Reuters", "Zimbio", "Picapp", "Pure People", "Sohu", "SportsSeoul" and "WireImage")

May 13th
- [Cannes Film Festival] Michelle and Jean Todt were seen at the Martinez Hotel in the evening of the 13th.

- [Cannes Film Festival] Michelle arrived in Cannes, France, May 13th. (click to enlarge. "Getty" photos)

- News photos: Michelle and Jean Todt arrived in Monaco, May 13th. The Monaco Grand Prix takes place this Sunday.

(click to enlarge. photos from "Getty" and "Zimbio")

May 12th
- [Cannes Film Festival] This year's Cannes International Film Festival is taking place from today to the 23rd of May. Once again Michelle will make red carpet appearances as an ambassador of L'Oreal Paris, an official partner of the festival.

- [Make Roads Safe] Michelle will attend the ADB Transport Forum in Manila, Philippines and give a speech on May 26. On the 27th Michelle will be attending another road safety promotion, distributing 1,000 helmets to children during a program with the Department of Education, Culture and Sports and the Automobile Association of the Philippines, tentatively at the ULTRA in Pasig City.

- Youtube: Michelle interview at the Vertu event, May 7th.   (07:44, in Mandarin)

May 9th
- Michelle's Reign of Assassins will be premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in September. See Reign of Assassins section for more.

During the press interviews last Friday in Beijing, Michelle also said that she is preparing for two more projects which she cannot announce yet.

Yesterday (May 8th) Michelle attended an outdoor concert by world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore. The event was organized by Malaysia's YTL Corporation.

May 7th
- News videos: Michelle at a Vertu event in Beijing, China, May 7th. (in Mandarin)
    Video 1 (02:31)     Video 2 (01:58)

Photos from the event:

Michelle with Frank Nuovo, Vertu's creative director and designer

left two photos: Michelle, Frank Nuovo, and Brandon Chang
(click to enlarge. photos from "Sina", "Oriental Daily", "21cn", "Tom", "iFeng", "Ynet" and "Apple Daily")

- More photos of Michelle at the UN General Assembly on global road safety in New York from March. See Turning Point.

May 4th
- Some photos and a video of Michelle's visit to the new Debenhams flagship store in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last month.   YouTube Video (00:40)

last photo (L to R): Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL, Michelle, and her brother Robert Yeoh
(click to enlarge. photos from "KL Lifestyle" and "YTL Community")

Apr. 29th
- [Make Roads Safe] As global ambassador for Make Roads Safe campaign, Michelle is going to attend the ADB (Asian Development Bank) Transport Forum held at the ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines, May 25-27. She will be a plenary speaker.

- On "People" magazine's "World's Most Beautiful 2010", Michelle is listed as one of the 35 All-Time Screen Beauties.

- In Reign of Assassins: more ship set photos.

Apr. 25th
- Michelle arrived in Taipei, Taiwan last Friday. The last leg of Reign of Assassins will be shot in Taiwan and it will last about two weeks. For a report, more photos and videos of the Taiwan press conference please see Reign of Assassins section.

(1-5) Michelle at the Taiwan press conference, April 25th
(6) Michelle and Jung Woo-sung in Taipei, April 23
(click to enlarge. more photos see Reign of Assassins)

Apr. 21st
- A "Michelle Yeoh Corner" at National Library
  Michelle Yeoh to donate books to library

Michelle was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 21st, attending the "Mari Membaca 1Malaysia" (Come and Read 1Malaysia) campaign at the National Library to promote reading habit among Malaysians. Describing her appointment as 1Malaysia Reading Icon "a privilege and honour", Michelle said she would commit her time for the programme, whenever she returned to Malaysia.

Michelle's appointment was officiated by Deputy Information Communication and Culture Minister, Senator Heng Seai Kie. Heng said Michelle was chosen as the icon due to her popularity which the ministry believed was influential in inculcating reading as a habit among the general public in the country.

Michelle herself loves reading and she reads 10 - 15 books per month. She has volunteered to donate part of her extensive book collection. A "Michelle Yeoh Corner" will be set at the National Library of Malaysia to share some of the books she had read.

(1) Michelle reading with children at the National Library
(2-3) Senator Heng Seai Kie officiated 1Malaysia Reading Icon ceremony
(4) (L to R) National Library Board advisor Tan Sri Ramon, National Library director-general
Raslin Abu Bakar, Michelle, Heng Seai Kie, and Pheng Yin Huah, president of
the Malaysian Federation of Chinese Association (Hua Zong)
(click to enlarge. photos from "Sun Daily", "Guangming", "Bernama" and "Sinchew")

Apr. 19th
- "Famous & Fabulous: Michelle Yeoh" will be premiered on April 20, 9PM, on Bio Channel Asia. Airing in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, etc..

- True Legend: Region 3 DVD release.

- Two road safety related videos featuring Michelle:
   Design for a Safer Future (iRAP 07:50)
   The Global Road Safety Facility: Time For Action (WorldBank 16:22, Michelle's speech at 13:13-13:57)

Apr. 15th
- Reign of Assassins promo reel.

- News photos: Michelle attending the Ralph Lauren dinner to celebrate the flagship opening on April 14th, Paris, France.

(click to enlarge. photos from "Getty", "Zimbio", "Picapp", "WireImage", and "AP")

- Michelle will be back to her hometown Ipoh this weekend to celebrate her mother's 70th birthday. Melody, a fan in Malaysia, met Michelle's mother and learned that a birthday party will be held at the Tower Regency Ipoh this Saturday.

Apr. 12th
- News photos: Michelle and Jean Todt attending the premiere of Luc Besson's film The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec on April 12th, at Cinema UGC Normandie, Paris.

(click to enlarge. photos from "Getty", "Zimbio", "AP" and "PurePeople")

Apr. 9th
- Cover image of BnF magazine "Chroniques", issue of March-April 2010: Michelle and Inge van Bruystegem (Belgian model/dancer who is one of the main stars in Rose, c'est Paris), "La Mort mise à mort". Photographed by Bettina Rheims, Bibliotheque de l'Arsenal, November 2008.

(click on left photo to enlarge)

- Michelle in the film Rose, c'est Paris:   (video caps. click to enlarge)

Champagne Louis Roederer has a special section on Rose, c'est Paris including a 9 minute video of the first chapter of the film. It is a winery site and you must be of legal drinking age and at least 18 years old to enter. Music by Martin Meissonier. (Update: link closed)

Apr. 8th
- True Legend has been acquired by Optimum in UK.

- New images in Photos -> Photoshoots.

- In Photos -> Magazines: scans from Chinese magazine "Comfort" (2008) and Anita Mui's book "Heart of The Modern Woman" (2003).   (thanks Crystal)

Apr. 6th
- An exhibition on Rose, c'est Paris, both a photographic monograph and a feature-length film, will be held at BnF (Bibliotheque nationale de France - National Library of France) in Paris from April 8 to July 11.

Written and directed by Serge Bramly and photographed by Bettina Rheims, Rose, c'est Paris was shot in black and white against the background of a mysterious Paris. It tells a tale of a young woman looking for her missing twin sister. The detective story is divided into 13 episodes with a look into various mythical sites and monuments of Paris. Michelle is one of the famous figures featured in the artwork, among others including Naomi Campbell, Monica Bellucci, Charlotte Rampling, Anna Mouglalis, Audrey Marnay, Anthony Delon, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Louise Bourgoin,...

Rose, c'est Paris will be shown on Arte, an European culture TV channel, in France and Germany (under the title "Rose wie Paris") on April 11th and 12th. 94 minutes.

The photobook (332 pages) and DVD (138 minutes) will be available in English, French, and German.

Related links:   Taschen (publisher)   Campagne Premiere (production company)   IMDb   BnF Exhibition (French, English)

Apr. 1st
- IDB video: Michelle supports the new action plan of the Inter-American Development Bank on road safety. March 2010.

- New in Videos: two Helmets for Kids advertisements and the documentary Great Apes with Michelle Yeoh.   (thanks Crystal for the help with video editing)

Mar. 26th
- In Great Apes with Michelle Yeoh: watch the documentary (embedded video, 47:02, in English with Chinese subtitles).   National Geographic Channel Asia will be broadcasting the documentary Sunday March 28.

(click to enlarge. photos from "NGC Hong Kong", "Philstar" and "Thaipr")

- Interview with Michelle by "Philippine Star": Michelle: Animals are like humans

Mar. 25th
- Reign of Assassins poster.

- BIO (The Biography Channel), a South East Asian television channel and a joint-venture with A&E dedicating to biography, will feature Michelle in an episode of "Famous & Fabulous", April 21st.   (link)   (thanks Sean)

- In the surveys taken at the 2010 Hong Kong Filmart (Hong Kong International Film & TV Market, March 22 - 25), Michelle was once again voted by buyers and exhibitors as one of the Most Saleable Actresses In Hong Kong Film and one of the Most Saleable Actresses In Asian Film. Full list (in alphabetical order):
Hong Kong films:
- Most saleable actors: Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat, Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai.
- Most saleable actresses: Maggie Cheung, Hsu Chi (Taiwan), Michelle Yeoh, Zhou Xun (Mainland).
- Most saleable Hong Kong film directors: Peter Chan, Johnnie To, Wong Kar Wai, John Woo.
Asian films:
- Most saleable actors: Jackie Chan, Stephen Chow, Chow Yun Fat, Ge You, Huang Xiaoming, Kaneshiro Takeshi, Andy Lau, Lee Jun Ki, Tony Leung, Song Seung Heon.
- Most saleable actresses: Cheng Sammi, Maggie Cheung, Fan Bingbing, Gong Li, Jeon Ji Hyun (South Korea), Carina Lau, Li Bingbing, Hsu Chi, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Zhou Xun.
Filmart is one of the three most important film markets in the world, along with the American Film Market (AFM) and Marche du Film in Cannes.

Mar. 24th
- Reign of Assassins: first footage.

Mar. 23rd
- News photos: Michelle and Jean Todt attending the premiere of Richard Berry's L'Immortel at the Gaumont Opera theater in Paris, March 22nd.

(click to enlarge. photos from "purepeople", "Corbis", "Zimbio", "Getty", and "Picapp")

Mar. 22nd
- During interviews at the Dubai Pearl event last weekend, reporters asked Michelle about the rumor of her staring in Ronny Yu's Yang Men Nyu Jiang ("Women Warriors of the Yang Family"). Michelle said she is not attached to the project at the moment. They are still working on the script and she has not seen it yet. Michelle said she's going to make an art film with a French director which will start filming in the middle or at the end of the year.

Michelle said she had been busy for 4 months working on her new Wuxia film Reign of Assassins with directors John Woo and Su Chao-pin. She said the filming was not too hard for her as she exercises a lot and she is very fit. However action filming was challenging since action choreographer Stephen Tung designed many special wired sequences. Michelle said the difficult part was that Hengdian had been really cold and wet. Temperatures were so low that actors' lips often turned blue during night filming.

Reporters also asked her about the recent charity scandal related to actress Zhang Ziyi and asked if she has any advice for Zhang. Michelle said it is very important to have transparency and clarity when managing a charity foundation. She thinks Zhang's mistake might be due to inexperience and the best thing to do is to give a full explanation to the public. (Background notes: Zhang Ziyi's charity scandal has been headlining Chinese language media for the past two months. Apparently, after the devastating earthquake in Sichuan, China, in 2008, Zhang did not fully fulfill the public pledge she made on her personal donation, and, the earthquake fund her foundation collected during public events is not clear and has not been put in use for the quake victims.)

Video: Interview with Michelle at the Dubai Pearl ceremony   (03:13, in Mandarin)

More photos from the event:  ("Sohu" photos. click to enlarge)

Mar. 19th
- News photos: Michelle at the Dubai Pearl project launch ceremony in Beijing, China, March 19th.

left photo: Michelle with Dubai Pearl Chairman Abdul Majeed al Fahim   (click to enlarge. photos from "Sohu" and "Sina")

- Malaysian news reported that Michelle has been appointed ambassador for the Information, Communication, and Culture Ministry's "Mari Membaca 1Malaysia" (Come and Read 1Malaysia) campaign to promote reading habit among Malaysians and to support the series of 1 Malaysia programmes. She is expected to be back to her home country to promote the programme during the weekend of April 17th.
   Borneo Post: Michelle Yeoh To Promote 'Mari Membaca 1Malaysia' Programme
   The Star: Michelle Yeoh appointed reading ambassador

Mar. 18th
- Reign of Assassins updates and some early art designs.

Mar. 16th
- News photos: Michelle attending the Association "Dessine l'Espoir" charity dinner during the "Art Paris" exhibition launch at Le Grand Palais, Paris, France, on March 16th.

(4) Michelle and Alain Dominique Perrin, president of European Foundation for Management Development

(1) (L to R) Michelle, Chairman of L'Oreal Lindsay Owen-Jones and wife Cristina Owen-Jones, Jean Todt
(2) Serge Weinberg, Chairman of Weinberg Capital Partners, Michelle, and Jean Todt
(3) Jean Todt, Michelle, and Congolese artist Cheri Samba   (click to enlarge. "Getty" photos)

- NST: Michelle Yeoh kicks some bone issues
  Sun Daily: Bone up on health

Mar. 14th
- News photos from Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix, Sunday March 14:

support the Make Roads Safe Campaign

(1-2) 60th anniversary celebration of the Formula 1 world championship with the world champions drivers
(3-4) Michelle and Jean Todt visiting the garage of Lotus Racing, the 1Malaysia F1 Team

(1-3) Michelle and FIA President Jean Todt attending the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix
(4) (L to R) Michelle, Jean Todt and King Juan-Carlos of Spain

(2-5) Michelle, Michael Schumacher, and Jean Todt during the Make Roads Safe photo call before the race

(1-2) Michelle with Lewis Hamilton, British F1 racing driver   (3) shaking hands wiht British F1 driver Jenson Button
(click to enlarge. photos from "MotorSport", "AP", "Reuters", "Getty", "Lotus Racing", "Osports", and "Formula1")

Mar. 13th
- News photos: supporting the Make Roads Safe Campaign at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, March 13th. The Formula One Grand Prix of Bahrain will take place on Sunday the 14th.

Michelle with Michael Schumacher, Jean Todt and Frank Williams (front), founder and manager of the WilliamsF1 racing team

(1-2) Michelle and Michael Schumacher   (3) Michelle, Michael Schumacher and Jean Todt
(click to enlarge. photos from "AP", "AFP", "MotorSport" and "Epa")

Mar. 12th
- On March 12th, Michelle appeared at the One Utama Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur, promoting bone health as an Anlene brand ambassador. Michelle said she will be going to Beijing and Taipei soon for Reign of Assassins. The film is expected to be released around September or October.

(1-4) Michelle with Fonterra general manager John McKay and Joanne Toad, Fonterra's senior
health platform manager for Anlene, at the press conference for "Science of Anlene"
(click to enlarge. photos from "Sinchew", "Sun Daily", "China Press", "Rundenim", "Mayjin", and "Oriental Daily")

Mar. 10th
- Michelle returned to Malaysia. "Sin Chew" reported that she will attend an Anlene event on the 12th.

- Reign of Assassins: new film stills, online game and release information.

Michelle as Xi Yu (Drizzle) (click to enlarge. more new stills see Reign of Assassins)

- Among the Great Apes with Michelle Yeoh has been broadcastinging in various Asian countries/regions including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, and Japan.

Mar. 5th
- News photos: Michelle attending Inaugural Gala Dinner for the Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women at the New York Public Libaray on March 4 in New York City.

Michelle with Richard Attias (right) and Cecilia Attias, former wife of French President Sarkozy
(click to enlarge. "Getty" photos)

- Michelle ranked No.7 in Malaysia's Most Trusted List, a recent survey conducted by Reader's Digest Asia to find out the most trusted personalities in various countries.

- Last year we reported that Michelle was invited to star as the legendary heroine Mu Gui Ying in Jun Ling Ru Shan, a period film based on historical story of warriors of the Yang family in Song Dynasty. In June 2009 Hong Kong director Frankie Chan confirmed that he invited Michelle and Audy Lau for the film. In August, an open casting call for some of the supporting roles took place in several cities and it was announced the production would start at the end of 2009. The open casting call was halted when Michelle's Reign of Assassins was officially announced (filming began in November 2009) and no new developments have been heard since. Apparently Michelle did not formally sign onto the project.   (see earlier reports from last year's news on April 17, May 9, June 9, and July 10)

Recently some Hong Kong/Chinese media reported Michelle is involved in another film project based on the same story. At the beginning of this year, news reports said Golden Harvest will shoot a US$20 million film, Yang Men Nyu Jiang (translated to "Women Warriors of the Yang Family" or "Lady Generals of the Yang Family"), with Hong Kong director Ronny Yu (Fearless). Hong Kong's "Apple Daily" reported that Michelle is in talks with the project. The production is said to start this year.

Both projects have been registered with China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and both scripts have been approved by the authorities.

Mar. 2nd

(1) Michelle addresses the United Nations General Assembly on global road safety, March 2, 2010
(2) Michelle during a press conference following the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters
(3) (L to R) Dr Etienne Krug, Director of Injury Prevention at WHO, Michelle, General Victor Kiryanov, Head of the State
Traffic Police of the Russian Federation, and David Ward, Director General of the FIA Foundation, at the press conference
(click to enlarge. photos from "AP" and "Make Roads Safe")

- The UN General Assembly held a debate on global road safety today in New York. The meeting approved a UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, the main project of the Make Roads Safe campaign which Michelle has been leading.

Michelle addressed the general assembly during the debate: "Last November in Moscow, the world came together to decide that the time has come for action. It was thrilling to see so many leaders from every corner of the world committing to make road safety a priority. All of us who care about and have worked for safer roads have traveled a long journey together. Today is the latest and the greatest stage of that journey when the United Nations commits to a decade of Action for Road Safety."
      "Every day at least 2000 children, of school age, are killed or seriously injured on the world's roads. All the forecasts point to this toll doubling in the coming years. By making road safety a priority over the next decade we have the potential to save millions of lives, and to prevent many millions of injuries and disabilities. This UN Decade of Action for Road Safety provides us with a real opportunity to change direction."

Michelle said her role as ambassador for the Make Roads Safe global campaign was the most important of her career.

UN Video: UNmultimedia or YouTube, featuring Michelle at the UN assembly, March 2, 2010 (01:55)
"Make Roads Safe" Report: UN approves a Decade of Action to combat global road safety crisis
UN: General Assembly adopts text proclaiming Decade of Action for Road Safety
UN: Press conference on global road safety crisis
MP3 Download: BBC World Service interview with Michelle Yeoh (MP3 6.8Mb)

Mar. 1st
- Michelle was seen in New York City yesterday. She is there for the UN General Assembly discussion on road safety, which will be held on March 2nd.

Michelle in NYC, Feb. 28th   (click to enlarge. "Getty" images)

- Video: Michelle Yeoh - UN Moscow Ministerial on road safety (04:17. Nov 2009)
- PDF Document: Michelle's opening speech at the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, Nov. 2009

- Michelle's Turning Point is being aired on UK's Community Channel. (March 1, 3pm; March 7, 3pm, 9pm; March 8, 3am). Also, Turning Point won the special prize at the World Road Safety Film Festival, held last month in Marrakesh.

- Among the Great Apes with Michelle Yeoh will be broadcast on National Geographic Channel Asia under the title Great Apes With Michelle Yeoh, Sunday March 28, 8pm. (repeat: April 2 & 3)

Feb. 26th
- Reign of Assassins: production is moving to Taipei, Taiwan. More set photos from Shanghai.

Feb. 23rd
- In Videos: Michelle's Anlene Concentrate (Black Sesame Flavor) commercial.

(click to enlarge. video scans)

- Filming of Reign of Assassins at the Hengdian World Studios has resumed and Michelle is in Hengdian now.

- Michelle was nominated in the category 10 Best International Actresses of the Decade (Asia) in the 2010 Green Globe Film Awards. Also Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was nominated under Best Foreign Culture Film of the Decade. You may cast your vote here by March 5.

Feb. 18th
- True Legend: more images (including Michelle's) and video of director Feng Xiaogang's cameo.

Feb. 16th
- Reign of Assassins (Jianyu Jianghu): first glimpse report from EFM and sales information.

Feb. 15th
- Video: Michelle wishing everyone happy Chinese New Year   (00:10, in Cantonese)
(translation: Greetings everyone! Wishing you a prosperous new year, good health, success, and good luck!)

Michelle took a short break from the Reign of Assassins filming and spent the Chinese New Year in her hometown Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. On the New Year day (14th), she attended the Perak MCA open house at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan China Yuk Choy in Ipoh in the morning and appeared at the Chinese New Year Open House by Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir in the afternoon (news video, 01:19, in Cantonese and Mandarin). She is leaving Malaysia in the evening of the 15th.

Michelle and Jean todt attending Perak MB Chinese New Year Open House, February 14th
left photo: Michelle wishing everyone happy Chinese New Year

(1) Michelle greeting Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir
(2-3) Michelle receiving a new year red pocket from Zambry Abdul Kadir

(1) Michelle and Zambry Abdul Kadir (L) sending new year greetings
(2) Michelle, Jean Todt, and Michelle's mother at the Chinese New Year Open House
(3-4) "Lao-sheng", a new year custom in Malaysia and Singapore which symbolizes lives will get better and better in the new year

(click to enlarge. photos from "Guangming", "Kwongwah", "SinChew", "Perak View" and "Bernama")

- New video in True Legend: Behind the scenes with Michelle Yeoh.

Feb. 12th
- True Legend: more posters.

Feb. 11th
- Michelle's documentary on orangutan, Among the Great Apes with Michelle Yeoh, will be screened in Kuala Lumpur on February 21st in conjunction with the Open Day of the Malaysian National Film Development Corporation (Finas). Sunday Feb 21, 4:00pm, P.Ramlee Mini-Theatre (Finas).    (photo from "Mypalmoil". click to enlarge)

- True Legend: Taiwanese official site.

Feb. 9th
- Michelle was given an honor award at the Asia Pacific Golden Brand Awards last week.

- Updates on True Legend.

- Reign of Assassins (Jianyu Jianghu) updates with more set photos. The film crew is taking a break for the Chinese New Year.

Feb. 5th
- Reign of Assassins (Jianyu Jianghu): more images.

Feb. 2nd
- Jianyu Jianghu: the English title of the film is Reign of Assassins. A new Michelle image.

- True Legend updates.

Feb. 1st
- Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) featured Michelle on the cover story of the issue of January, 2010. Photo at left: cover pic (click to enlarge)

- Jianyu Jianghu updates and some photos of director Su Chao-pin's birthday party on Hengdian set (with Michelle).

- True Legend image has been added to front page's slide show.

Jan. 29th
- Jianyu Jianghu: new film stills and a report on media set visit.

(for more movie stills see Jianyu Jianghu page)

Jan. 25th
- True Legend updates: theme song MV and premiere.

- Jianyu Jianghu updates: filming continues in Hengdian.

Jan. 22nd
- True Legend will have its European premiere at the Berlinale Special during the Berlin International Film Festival (February 11 - 21).

Jan. 19th
- True Legend: new posters.

Jan. 15th
- Updates on Jianyu Jianghu and some set photos (no Micelle). Michelle is currently in Hengdian.

- In Videos: watch commercial of Michelle with Chow Yun-Fat, 1984/1985.

Jan. 12th
- A year ago today, I wrote about Wen, my friend in China who has been detained by the Chinese communist government for practicing Falun Dafa. Today is another birthday of hers, and yet, my birthday wish is still kept undelivered...

Wen was detained in May 2008 before the Beijing Olympics and she was sentenced - without a trial - to two years of "re-education through labour" (forced labor camp). While in custody, in the summer of 2008 her health condition began to deteriorate, to the point where she was almost blind and could barely walk. No proper medical treatment was given. In April 2009, some local officials went to inspect the camp and they asked her about Falun Gong and expected her to give an answer following the brainwashing materials which police were forcing her and other detained Falun Gong practitioners to "study". But Wen answered: "Falun Dafa is good."

After this incident, her family members were denied the rights to visit her. Wen was tortured by being forced to sit still on a hard stool 20 hours per day and she was not given enough food. Her weight rapidly dropped more than 15kg. This is the latest piece of news I know about my friend Wen (published on minghui.org in July 2009)...... Amnesty International put out an Urgent Action for Wen in March 2009.

According to the statistics published in March 2009, during the period of the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese communist government arrested at least 10,194 Falun Gong practitioners. Nearly 100 of them are confirmed to have died within several weeks or even several days of their arrest, as a direct result of torture and other ill-treatment in custody. Last year in an United Nations report by Special Rapporteur Mr. Philip Alston, he included various large scale human rights abuses in China that he investigated during 2008 and 2009. Of the 20 persecution cases he included, 16 were death cases resulting from the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

Spanish Court Indicts Top Communist Party Officials for Torture, Genocide

Jan. 11th
- New movie page created: Among the Great Apes with Michelle Yeoh. Also a new image has been added to front page's slide show.

- "NST" article: At 'Home' with Yeoh and LV

Jan. 6th
- Jianyu Jianghu updates with set photos (no Michelle).

Jan. 5th, 2010
HAPPY 2010 everyone!

- True Legend: new trailer, images, and more.

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