Michelle Yeoh Web Theatre
News January - June, 2012

Current News

Jun. 30th
- News brief:

June 25-28: Michelle in Japan promoting The Lady.

June 29: Michelle has been invited to Oscars board. Congratulations Michelle!
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Academy Invites 176 to Membership

Jun. 21st
- News brief:

June 16: Michelle was in Oslo, Norway. Together with director Luc Besson and producer Virginie Silla, they witnessed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi receiving her Nobel Prize for Peace after 21 years.

June 18: Michelle, David Thewlis and Virginie Silla were special guests at the Amnesty International's Electric Burma concert honoring Aung San Suu Kyi in Dublin, Ireland. Daw Suu took to the stage and accepted the Ambassador of Conscience Award.

Jun. 13th
- [Note] It's summer time! I will be traveling for 3+ weeks. I probably will not have time to update this site before July 8th. You may visit the following links for your dosage of Michelle related news/news photos :-). Have a wonderful summer Michelle and everyone!
  Yahoo news,   Google news,   GettyImages,   Newscom photos

- Thailand filming of Cooktales will wrap up soon.

Michelle with a crew member   ("Facebook" photos)

- In Photos -> Photoshoots: 4 sets of "new" photos from year 1996, 2000, and 2011.

Jun. 11th
- New in The Lady: full cast list and VoA Chinese video of Hillary Clinton, Luc Besson, Michelle Yeoh on The Lady.

- Photos from Bangkok, Thailand - they are not real Michelle - who indeed has been in Bangkok - but her wax double at Madame Tussauds Bangkok. :-)

Jun. 7th
- Another Cooktales set photo: Michelle with costars Chin Han (left) and Bobby Lee (right)   ("Facebook" photo)

Jun. 6th
- Burma - A Human Tragedy, a humanitarian documentary on Burma/Myanmar featuring Aung San Suu Kyi, will begin showing in Taiwan at Spot, Taipei on June 8th. The film is from Jelly Bean Films & Distribution which was founded in 2006 by Michelle and her longtime collaborator Sabrina Chen-Louie. Having been selected by a number of film festivals since last year, the documentary will be showing on Fox International Channel in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, and Philippines in July. The U.S. DVD will be available on June 8th.
  Burma - A Human Tragedy: Trailer and Information

- Japanese official twitter for The Lady    The Japanese premiere will take place on June 26th, with the general cinema release scheduled on July 21st. A photo exhibition of Aung San Suu Kyi and her family will be held from July 3rd to August 23 at Space Nio in Tokyo.

- Michelle's 1993 martial arts fantasy Butterfly & Swords will be released on DVD on July 10 by Well Go USA. 87 minutes. Region 1 (U.S. and Canada). I have not seen the DVD and am not sure what soundtrack it has or if it has Michelle's end title song. (preorder on Amazon)

Jun. 5th
- Michelle in Bangkok:
(1) Michelle with Henry Lau (R) and Lika Minamoto (L2) at Cooktales location set, May 2012.
(2) Michelle with some Cooktales crew members, May 2012
(3) Michelle dining at Water Library restaurant

(photos from "Water Library" and "Facebook")

Jun. 4th
- Watch documentary: The Tank Man   (01:26:16)
  English with Chinese subtitles

23 years ago. June 4th, 1989.

This documentary was aired by PBS Frontline in 2006. For many, the Tank Man has been a symbol for the democracy movement and massacre which happened 23 years ago in Beijing, China. Most Mainland Chinese who are younger than 30 years old do not know about the Tiananmen massacre since it has been a forbidden topic in media and textbooks in the country. But for older people, The Lady will no doubt remind them this part of history.

A Chinese netizen who watched The Lady (from a pirated source) posted on "Weibo": "I was crying really hard when I was watching The Lady. An older family member said to me: 'The whole world will cry for us if our own tragic history is made into a movie.' "

June 4th, 1989. The date should not, and will not, be erased from our memory.

P.S. U.S. State Department: Message on the Twenty-Third Anniversary of Tiananmen Square
Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 3, 2012

On this the twenty-third anniversary of the violent suppression by Chinese authorities of the spring 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations, the United States joins the international community in remembering the tragic loss of innocent lives.

We encourage the Chinese government to release all those still serving sentences for their participation in the demonstrations; to provide a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing; and to end the continued harassment of demonstration participants and their families.

We renew our call for China to protect the universal human rights of all its citizens; release those who have been wrongfully detained, prosecuted, incarcerated, forcibly disappeared, or placed under house arrest; and end the ongoing harassment of human rights activists and their families.

Jun. 1st
- Michelle has returned to Bangkok, Thailand to continue her Cooktales filming.

During yesterday's interviews, Michelle said she is currently shooting a non-action film about cooking in Thailand. "Three generations of men are separated for pursuing their own ideals. I am the woman who tries to bring them back together. The background of the story is a cooking show," Michelle spoke about the film. "I'm having a pleasant and easy time. Everyone else worked very hard to learn cooking - chopping, dishes, dumplings, noodles, etc., I just relax and taste their food," said Michelle with a smile. Asked if she has gained weight with all the good food, Michele said "a little bit" and she laughed: "I was worried that I would not be able to fit in this dress!" She said she doesn't usually cook herself since she travels so much and often lives in hotels.

Asked if she plans to do more action films, Michelle said she hopes so and she has several action films under consideration.

News videos:
Ming Pao interview with Michelle   (01:00, in Cantonese)
Oriental interview with Michelle   (01:03, in Cantonese)
Movie Channel interview with Michelle   (00:46, in Mandarin)
iCable interview with Michelle   (01:20, in Mandarin and Cantonese)
Star show at red carpet   (01:08, in Mandarin, Michelle appears at the end)

- News photos: Michelle attending the Giorgio Armani fashion show, One Night Only in Beijing, May 31st.

(1) Michelle and Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani
(2) Michelle talking with Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu (left, who almost played Michelle's borther in "The Touch")
(3) at after party. first at left is Taiwanese actress Hsu Chi who almost co-starred with Michelle in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".
Hsu Chi was in fact Ang Lee's first choice for the Jen (Yu Jiaolong) role, but her agent rejected the offer...
the first at right is Taiwanese actress Kwai Lun-mei   (4) Michelle and Kate Chao

(photos from "IC", "Armani", "AP", "CFP", "Getty", "Sohu", "Xinhua", "163", and "Weibo")

May 30th
- Michelle is flying to Beijing for an Armani event which will take place on May 31st. She had been in Hong Kong for the past couple of days.

- Updates in The Lady: news photos and links, and a photo and small story from Jo, a Michelle fan in Malaysia. ;-)

- Michelle on French magazine Madame Figaro, May 2012. Interview: Une star, son maquilleur

photos taken March 2012 in Paris   (1) Michelle
(2) Michelle and Guerlain's creative director Olivier Echaudemaison

- NST: Michelle Yeoh: Datuk Seri award a pleasant surprise
  More photos of Michelle after the Perak State Investiture Ceremony, May 22nd:

(1) Michelle and Transport Minister Kong Cho Ha   (2) Michelle, her mother Datin Janet Yeoh (L) and ?
(3) Michelle with her mother (L1) speaking with Datuk Seri Raja Eleena, daughter of Sultan of Perak,
and husband Datuk Seri Farouk Abdullah   (photos from "NST", "Weibo" and Facebook)

May 27th
- Check out more sneak photos - in Cooktales ;-)

- Photo at left: Michelle with a fan, Bangkok, May 26. ("Weibo" photo)

May 25th
- Guerlain Paris: Michelle Yeoh
  International (English)
  International (French)
  Hong Kong (traditional Chinese)
  Taiwan (traditional Chinese)
  China (simplified Chinese)

May 24th
- New movie page opened: Cooktales

- KRS Film Distributors began releasing The Lady in Malta this week. Classification: 12.

- Images from "Prestige" May 2012 Singapore edition have been added in Photos -> Magazines. Also new images added in Photoshoots & ADs: Michelle and Guerlain.

May 23rd
- The Lady will have its premiere in Tokyo, Japan on June 26th. Japanese media said Michelle and director Luc Besson will be in Japan for the film promotion from June 26 to 28. The film is scheduled to release in Japan on July 21st.

Japanese Official Site of The Lady

Film reviews:
Times of Malta: A messenger for a better world
Cinema Blographer: The Lady from Rangoon
NowPublic: Movie Review: The Lady
AppleJuice Magazine: The Steel Orchid

- More photos from the Perak State Investiture Ceremony, May 22nd:

(photos from "Bernama", "Sin Chew", and "Sing Pao")

11 years ago, Michelle became Malaysia's first Chinese female artist who received the "Datuk" title. She is now country's first Chinese female artist who is "Datuk Seri" which is the highest state title conferred by the governor to the most deserving recipients who have highly contributed to the nation.

Michelle said that the award is a great honour to her as well as her family.

Because of her busy film shooting schedule she had to miss the rehearsals for the award ceremony. Recounting the moment when she walked up to receive the award, Michelle said she was very nervous because she hadn't been at the rehearsals, and so she walked too fast. The palace official who was with her said, "Datuk, walk slowly." The comment made her smile.

During the break of the ceremony Michelle was invited by Sultan Azlan Shah for a private tea and chat with the royal family members. She was told they had all watched her new film The Lady.

The Star: Michelle Yeoh is now a Datuk Seri

May 22nd
- Datuk Seri Michelle received the honor of Darjah Seri Paduka Mahkota Perak award on Tuesday May 22nd. The award ceremony was held at Balairong Seri (Throne Room), Istana Iskandariah, the royal palace of the Perak Sultanate and the official residence of the Sultan of Perak, in Kuala Kangsar. Michelle arrived at Ipoh, Perak Monday late night and she stayed less than 24 hours in Malaysia before returning Bangkok for her new film shooting.

Dailychilli: Michelle Yeoh delighted with 'Datuk Seri' title

Sultan Azlan Shah conferring the Darjah Seri Paduka Mahkota Perak award to Michelle, May 22
in 2nd photo, on the right is Raja Permaisuri of Perak Tuanku Bainun

(1) Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha (L) congratulating Michelle
after the ceremony, on the right is Michelle's mother Datin Janet Yeoh
(2) Michelle with Datuk Seri Yeop Junior Yeop Adlan, president of Malaysian Association of Prevention of Tuberculosis

(photos from "Nanyang", "Daily Chilli", "China Press", "Oriental Daily", and Azman Yeop Jr.)

May 21st
- Congratulations to Michelle for being conferred Darjah Seri Paduka Mahkota Perak (SPMP) award in Malaysia! Michelle will be attending the award ceremony which will be held tomorrow (May 22nd) in conjunction with the Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak's 84th birthday. The award carries the title "Datuk Seri". In 2001, Michelle was conferred the Darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP) award which carries the title "Datuk".

The Star: Michelle Yeoh delighted with 'Datuk Seri' title from Perak

May 20th
- Photos from Thailand:

(1) Michelle on "Cooktales" film set   (2) Michelle's shoes (!)
(3) Michelle and Jean Todt in Bangkok, May 18

- Video links:
Michelle Yeoh at The Lady Press Conference in Malaysia   (20:12)
Michelle Yeoh's Favorite food in Malaysia   (01:53)
    Talking about food ... ok at least we know Michelle doesn't have to starve herself for this new film project which is on ... cooking, lol. (She was on diet for almost a year and lost 8 to 10 kg for portraying her hero, Aung San Suu Kyi.) Bangkok is now ... HOT (about 104F/40C).

May 18th
- The Lady upcoming releases: May 31, Argentina, title: "la Fuerza del Amor"; July 13, Mexico, title: "Amor, Honor y Libertad"; July 20, Brazil, title: "Alem da Liberdade"; July 21, Japan.

- PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey will be screened at Le Marche du Film in Cannes today.

(1) Argentina poster of The Lady
(2) Mexico poster of The Lady   (3) PAD YATRA poster

- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has been chosen by Time magazine as one of The 10 Greatest Movies of the Millennium since the year 2000.

- The Star: Educating Hollywood

May 15th
- Photo at left: Michelle at Mugendai Sushi & Tempura Bar in Bangkok, with restaurant's founder Kong Dabbaransi.

- Reign of Assassins updates: screening at the 2012 Festival du Cinema Chinois en France; information on the DVD/Blu-ray releases in France and Germany and cover images. French title: "Le Regne des Assassins". German title: "Dark Stone - Reign of Assassins".

- The Lady will open the 2012 CINEPOLITICA (The International Political Film Festival), to be held June 15-22 in Bucharest, Romania.
  LUC BESSON's THE LADY opens the first edition of CINEPOLITICA

May 14th
- The Lady screening in Beirut, Lebanon. (details)

- Poland and Norway posters of The Lady in The Lady: Film Posters.

- New magazines in Photos -> Magazines: TimeOut Hong Kong (Oct 2011, English), Marie Claire India (Jan 2012, English), GRAZIA (Jan 2012, Chinese), and Marie Claire China (Apr 2012, Chinese). (Thanks Crystal for some of the images!)

May 9th
- Updates on Cooktales: Michelle is currently in Bangkok, Thailand where the production has been taking place since mid-April. According to a Korean source, Michelle's character is "Julia". Singaporean actor Chin Han (The Dark Knight) and Chinese Canadian singer-songwriter-dancer Henry Lau will play father and son. Other cast members include Australian actor Aden Young (Mao's Last Dancer), Japanese model and actress Lika Minamoto, and American actor Bobby Lee (MADtv).

(1) costume fitting   (2) Michelle in Bangkok ("Wedding guru" photos)

- The Lady opened last week in Malaysia, Michelle's home country. Many screenings were sold out during the weekend.

More links on The Lady:
The Star (Malaysia): Fans throng Pavilion KL for a glimpse of The Lady
Homerun Asia (Singapore): Michelle Yeoh Thrilled At THE LADY's Box Office In Singapore

May 6th
- Malaysia's New Straits Times quoted Michelle talking about her new film, Cooktales: "It will be about cooking and family drama, called Cooktales. Three generations of men who try to outdo one another through cooking and I play the culinary grand master. I am going to take it easy this time." (Australia's The Telegraph said Michelle plays an executive producer on a prestigious television cooking show in the drama.)

- PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey, a documentary executive produced by Michelle, will be screening at Le Marche du Film in Cannes this month.
  Watch trailer   (01:57, in Englsih w/Chinese subtitles)

- More on The Lady:
Foreign Policy Journal: Film Review: The Lady
Sound On Sight: Besson's 'The Lady' a lovingly painted portrait of an iconic figure
Coronar video: Michelle Yeoh Returns Home to Promote Biopic of Aung San Suu Kyi   (11:03, in English, w/film shots, behind scenes, and Aung San Suu Kyi news videos)
NST video: Interview with Michelle Yeoh   (03:09, in English)
EStar video: Malaysian press conference of 'The Lady'   (04:04, in Mandarin and Cantonese)
FilmZ video: Interview with Michelle Yeoh   (from 03:50, Michelle's interview is from 05:30 to 13:30, in English)
  Michelle talks about 'The Lady', Luc Besson, Aung San Suu Kyi, ... and 'Sunshine' with Danny Boyle

- In Photos -> Magazines: images and articles from "Artlist Paris", "Readers Digest Asia" and "Readers Digest Hong Kong", all from March 2012.

Artlist interview with Michelle Yeoh and Luc Besson (in German)

May 3rd
- The Pioneer (India): High kick girl
  A recent interview of Michelle, on her role at the Live to Love Foundation.

- Reports/film reviews/interviews from Malaysia. The Lady opens in selected cities in Malaysia today.
New Straits Times: For the love of Daw Suu
New Straits Times: Cinema: The Lady captivates
Sun Daily: Finding a hero in The Lady
New Straits Times: The Lady and the watch
Aforadio: Michelle Yeoh interview (w/press conf photos and interview video [02:36])

May 2nd
- Video: Full interview of Michelle Yeoh with George Stroumboulopoulos on CBC   (15:27)
  Michelle Yeoh looks at the events of the Arab Spring, her admiration for Aung San Suu Kyi and her career.

(video scans)

Apr. 30th
- Michelle is on Canada's CBC George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight!
CBC: Michelle Yeoh On Burma And Using Anger Wisely (video 02:32)
CBC photo: Michelle Yeoh backstage with George
CBC video: Michelle Yeoh On Road Safety In The Developing World   (03:27)
CBC video: The Lady's Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis in Studio Q   (24:48)
The interviews were done last September during TIFF.

- Michelle's new interview was broadcast on NPR (National Public Radio) on Saturday.
  NPR (U.S.): Michelle Yeoh: Portraying An Icon In 'The Lady' (w/audio 06:32)

- Michelle was honored with "Ambassador of Perak Award" at the 2012 Perak Women's Awards, Perak, Malaysia. (report)

- More articles/reviews/interviews:
Vancouver Sun (Canada): Aung San Suu Kyi's moving, monumental story
The Telegraph (Australia): Michelle Yeoh is a portrait of inner strength in The Lady
The Province (Canada): Review: The Lady a compelling, heartbreaking, informative film
Lip Magazine (Australia): Film review: the lady
WhatCulture (U.K.): Blu-Ray Review: A Career Best Performance From Michelle Yeoh
Toronto (Canada): Interview: Michelle Yeoh tames her action star self for The Lady
Macleans (Canada): Interview: Michelle Yeoh's secret mission to play Aung San Suu Kyi

- More photos from Malaysia:

above photos taken at The Lady KL press conference, April 24, by Edith Yeoh

last photo: Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak and Michelle attending The Lady premiere

(photos from "Epoch Times", "GS Cinemas", and "Mmail")

Apr. 27th
- More videos from the press conference in Kuala Lumpur, April 24th:
  The Star (03:08, in English),   CQTV (04:41, in Mandarin and Cantonese)

- Malaysian Newspaper Coverage
- Hype: Charity Screening Kicks Off Nationwide Release Of "The Lady"

- Photos from the charity screening of The Lady at Sunway TGV Cinema, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, April 25th:

(1-3) Michelle with Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Senator Heng Seai Kie

(2) Michelle with Heng Seai Kie (L) and Kenny Wong (R), CEO of TGV Cinemas
(3) Michelle holding a fan made T-shirt which features her The Lady character

(photos from "TGV Cinemas", "The Star", "Oriental Daily", "China Press", "Hype", "Twitter" and "Facebook")

Apr. 26th
- Michelle has returned to Bangkok, Thailand to continue on the production of Cooktales, which started filming in Bangkok in the middle of the month. According to "Daily Telegraph", Michelle plays "an executive producer on a prestigious television cooking show" in the film. The full cast has not been officially announced. Sources said Australian actor Aden Young and Chinese Canadian singer Henry Lau will both play chefs/cooks. Japanese model and actress Lika Minamoto also plays a role in the "masterchef-style competition" drama.

Michelle is also planning to shoot an environmental documentary about the shark fin industry.

Photo at left: Michelle with Malaysia Airlines attendants, April 26th ("Twitter" photo).

- On April 25th, Michelle attended the special charity screening of The Lady at Sunway TGV Cinema, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. The event was organized by the Malaysian Chinese Women Entrepreneurs Association in collaboration with the Malaysian Chinese Women Leader Caucus, TGV Cinemas and Sunway Pyramid.

MCA: Michelle Yeoh exemplary role model for Malaysian women
The Star: The Lady welcomes guests to charity screening

Videos from the charity screening at Sunway Pyramid, April 25:
 The Star (01:20, in English),  NTV7 (02:25, in Mandarin and English)

Apr. 25th
- Videos:
HELLO! Malaysia: Dato' Michelle Yeoh at The Lady premiere, Apr. 24   (00:51)
CQTV: The Lady screening in Ipoh, Apr. 23   (01:31, in Mandarin)
Sin Chew: The Lady press conference, Apr. 24   (01:59, in Mandarin and Cantonese)

- Photos from the The Lady charity premiere in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sponsored by Richard Mille, at GSC Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, April 24th.

Michelle attending the premiere of The Lady in Kuala Lumpur

(1-2) Michelle and Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak
(3-4) Michelle and Richard Mille representative

cheque presentation ceremony by Michelle and Richard Mille representative
to Voice of the Children chairman Sharmila Sekaran (left)

Michelle (center) with Prime Minister Najib Razak (L3), Minister of Information, Communication and Culture
Rais Yatim (R3) and his wife Masnah Rais (L2), Minister of Tourism Ng Yen Yen (R2), Deputy Minister
for Higher Education Saifuddin Abdullah (L), and France's Ambassador to Malaysia Martine Dorance (R)

Michelle spoke to the audience after the screening of The Lady

(1) Michelle with Voice of the Children chairman Sharmila Sekaran   (2) Michelle with Sharmila Sekaran,
Richard Mille representative, and two girls who presented flowers to Michelle

(photos from "GS Cinemas", "Pavilion KL", "Sin Chew", "Hello", "Hipgeo", "Mstar", "Twitter", "Weibo", Kaka and Siu Lin)

Apr. 24th
- News reports from Malaysia:
NST: 'The Lady makes me see my flaws'
Bernama: PM Attends 'The Lady' Premiere
Daily Chilli: No politics for this lady
The Star: Politics not for me, says Yeoh

- Videos:
The Lady press conference in Kuala Lumpur   (01:01)
Michelle attending the KL premiere of The Lady (fan videos):   video 1 (01:37),   video 2 (01:33)

- Photos from the The Lady press conference, Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, April 24th.

Michelle on stage with Serena C, Malaysian TV and radio host

(photos from "AP", "Kwong Wah", "GC Cinemas", "Gua Malaysia", "Sin Chew",
"Rotikaya", "Ohbulan", "Daily Chilli", "Corbis", "Galaxie", and "Twitter")

Apr. 23rd
- Michelle was in her home town Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia today (23rd) and hosted a private screening of The Lady in conjunction with celebrating her mother's birthday. About 200 guests were in attendance, including the Mayor of Ipoh.

Press conference and charity premiere of The Lady will take place tomorrow (24th) in Kuala Lumpur. "Sin Chew" reported that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will attend the KL premiere.

NST: Yeoh surprises crowd at preview
Ipoh Echo: "The Lady" comes to Ipoh

(1-3) Michelle at the Ipoh screening, TGV Kinta City   (4) KL premiere AD

(photos from "Sin Chew", "China Press", "Nangyang", "PerakView", "Kwong Wah" and "Ipoh Echo")

- The Lady will be released in Norway, Poland, and Canada on April 27th.

- Videos:
Michelle Yeoh interview in Berlin, Jan. 2012   (09:21, in English)
Interview with Luc Besson and Michelle Yeoh, Berlin   (10:23)
Atta Girl Entertainment: Michelle Yeoh talks 'The Lady' w/Danai Maraire   (02:13)
VOA Urdu: The Lady Movie special feature   (03:40)
    * features Hillary Clinton, Michelle, Luc Besson in Washington D.C., and real Aung San Suu Kyi news footage
MittParis: Film on Aung San Suu Kyi   (02:18, in Norwegian, English, French)
    * Michelle's interview is in English, Luc Besson's in French. also features film footage, behind scenes and Aung San Suu Kyi

Apr. 20th
- Michelle is going to attend a special charity screening of The Lady on April 25th, at TGV Sunway Pyramid, Petaling Jaya. For ticket information please call the listed numbers on the AD below. The Malaysian premiere is to be held on the 24th at GSC Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

- The Thai DVD and VCD of The Lady are to be released on April 26th, by MVD Home Entertainment.

(1) AD for charity screening at TGV Sunway Pyramid (Malaysia)
(2) Thailand poster   (3) Thai DVD box

- Articles & reviews:
The Star (Malaysia): Chance to see 'The Lady' with the actress herself
The Star (Malaysia): Michelle Yeoh coming back to promote The Lady
KTSF (U.S.): Screening Room: THE LADY (with video)
CityNews (Australia): The Lady review
Herald Sun (Australia): Movie Review: The Lady
Inspired Ground (Indonesia): The Lady review
CBS Minnesota (U.S.): 'Lady' Not Your Typical Housewife
Paste Magazine (U.S.): Review: The Lady
ABC (Australia): MovieTime: The Lady (with audio)

Apr. 19th
- The Lady videos:
  Japanese trailer   (02:06)
  U.K. DVD release   (00:11)

- The French version (subtitled and dubbed) of The Lady ("La Dame") will be released in Montreal, Quebec, Gatineau and Sherbrooke in Canada on May 4 by Metropole Films. The original English version opens in the country on April 27, by Mongrel Media. Image at left: Canadian French poster.

Apr. 18th
- History is indeed turning a new page for Burma/Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi will be traveling outside the country for the first time in 24 years. And Michelle can freely enter the country too - she is no longer blacklisted.

Reuters: Suu Kyi to visit Norway, Britain after 24 yrs in Myanmar
Mizzima: Suu Kyi to visit Oxford, Norway

- News: Blairwood Acquires Michelle Yeoh's "Pad Yatra"
Michelle is now officially listed as Executive Producer. She appeared at the special screening of the film at BAFTA London last month.

- French (Region 2) DVD/Blu-ray of The Lady coming out today. (Amazon)

Videos: French DVD featurettes excerpts: "Making of The Lady" - Behind scenes. In French (Michelle's interview in English with French subtitles).
  Making The Lady (00:43)
  Filming the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony (01:11)
  The house (01:47)

- U.K. (Region 2) DVD/Blu-ray of The Lady is scheduled to release on April 23. (Amazon)

- Well, as some of you may have noticed, the HQ video sources for The Lady have appeared online (illegally). We do not encourage piracy or illegal video downloads. However, if anyone who is in Burma (from the website statistics I saw there are a lot of visits from the country) looking for this film, you may contact me for a video source (Burmese subtitled).

- Friends in Mainland China may have noticed a number of download links for this "banned" film on Sina "Weibo" (microblog). Apparently there hasn't been one which has good Chinese subtitles yet.

Last October, Chinese communist authorities ordered the trailers of The Lady deleted from the Chinese video sites and the name of the film removed from the movie databases. A "secret order" banned all news, promos and footage on the "film about Southeast Asian politician Aung San Suu Kyi, 'The Lady'." With the film being released in more Chinese speaking territories, Mainland Chinese reporters sometimes snuck in one or two brief reports or event photos. In February, another secret order was issued to media people. Reporters were told they are forbidden to write anything about "the movie on that Burmese woman." Some reporters wrote in their "Weibo": "Today higher officials notified us nothing should be mentioned about 'the movie on that Burmese woman.' Some colleagues of mine did not know about this woman. After the banning notice, they all went for internet searches, hee hee." "Everyone was curious and asked each other: 'Which Burmese woman?' 'What movie?' ... Now more and more people have come to know this movie and this woman."

For anyone who may not know, Aung San Suu Kyi's name, as well as some other "sensitive words" including "June 4th" (the date of the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989) and "Falun Gong", are still banned at some popular community forums in Mainland China. And China's own Nobel Peace Prize laureate is still being locked up in jail (see The Lady: Fact Sheet).

Apr. 14th
- Photo at left: Michelle in Bangkok, Thailand, with JL Lin, Taiwanese singer and TV star. April 13th.

- Well, if you are like me - who had a hard time getting out of The Lady after watching the movie and wish to see more, here I'd like to share these videos with you - from the real historical events.

  Video: 1991 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, Oslo, Norway (edited)   (12:13)

This edited video includes parts of the presentation speech given by Professor Francis Sejersted, former chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, the award presetation, parts of the acceptance speech by Alexander Aris, Aung San Suu Kyi's older son, and Pachelbel's Canon in D played at the end of the ceremony. Great thanks to Crystal for helping me to edit this shorter version from the one hour long ceremony video (the video had Burmese - I think - voice-over).

Video: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's Shwedagon Pagoda speech on August 26, 1988   (14:02)
Thanks Richard for the video link! This one has much better quality than the one I posted previously.

Apr. 13th
- Film clip from The Lady:   "Politics thinks about you"   (01:14)

- Friends in the U.S. may check the showing locations of The Lady at: Cohen Media Group,   Moviefone,   Fandango,   Landmark Theatres,   Laemmle Theatres

- The Lady will be screened at the 5th Off Plus Camera Film Festival in Krakow, Poland, on 14th and 15th. Luc Besson and David Thewlis are attending the festival which takes place April 13 - 21.

- Interviews, articles, and selected recent reviews:
VOA: Hollywood Tells Aung San Suu Kyi's Story in the Film, 'The Lady' (audio interview)
Times: The Lady: Michelle Yeoh as Political Heroine Aung San Suu Kyi
Epoch Times: Michelle Yeoh Dazzles in Heartfelt Romance
San Francisco Chronicle: Lady review: Besson biopic of Aung San Suu Kyi
Seattle Times: 'The Lady': Michelle Yeoh is perfectly cast as Myanmar's Suu Kyi
Hollywood & Fine: The Lady: Courage personified
Think Progress: Luc Besson's 'The Lady,' and the Challenges of Capturing Sainthood
VOA: US Secretary of State Hails Suu Kyi Film

- Higher quality posters of The Lady from Denmark, Japan, Italy, and Malaysia in The Lady: Film Posters

Apr. 12th
- Backstage: Michelle Yeoh Brings 'The Lady' to Life
      According to the interview, Michelle auditioned for the film Angels and Demons (2009) opposite Tom Hanks, and it did not go well. A year ago, I heard a rumor that Michelle might be associated with The Da Vinci Code 3.

- Michelle has been back in Bangkok for her new project.

Taiwan media reported that the Ministry of Transportation and Communications would like to invite Michelle to be the ambassador for road safety in Taiwan. Jean Todt visited the Ministry in Taipei, Taiwan on the 12th to promote road safety.

- The 13th Istanbul Film Festival (March 31 - April 15) is showing some "best Chinese kung fu films", including Michelle's Reign of Assassins and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Apr. 11th
- Photo at left: Michelle and Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, at a special screening of The Lady in New York City, April 10th. The screening was sponsored by Guerlain and hosted by Tina Brown.

- Michelle will attend the Malaysian premiere of The Lady on April 24 at Golden Screen Cinemas, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. The proceeds of the benefit premiere will go towards Malaysia VoC (Voice of the Children). Get tickets

- The Daily Beast video: Inside Luc Besson's "The Lady"   (04:44)

Apr. 10th
- Remarks at "The Lady" Film Screening by Hillary Clinton, April 9, Washington D.C. (video 08:41)
"This is a terrific movie, one that I had the great privilege of watching on my way to Burma.

"And I particularly would like to thank the director for that honor, and also it's wonderful to see Michelle here as well. So I am thrilled to look out and see so many people who care deeply about this issue. ...

"Tonight is an opportunity to celebrate this extraordinary woman's struggle to bring democracy to her people. And we should also remember - and you'll see some images in the movie of the many heroes in the pro-democracy movement who have sacrificed their freedom and even their very lives ... this film honors them as well.

"So again, I want to thank Luc Besson and Michelle Yeoh and everyone associated with this film. And I personally want to thank you for going to so much effort to get it to me so that I could watch it as I was traveling to actually meet the real person. And it was a very moving experience for me, and I think it will be for all of you. "

(photos from "Washington Post" and "Kpopstarz")
(1-2) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and actress Michelle Yeoh at the MPAA screening of The Lady in D.C.
(3) (R to L) director Luc Besson, Hillary Clinton, Michelle, and Korea's SM Entertainment producer Lee Soo Man. Last November, Lee passed a DVD of "The Lady" to Hillary Clinton at the request of Michelle, when Clinton stopped by Korea before heading to Burma to meet Aung San Suu Kyi. Korea media reported that Lee caught Hillary Clinton ten minutes before she left Korea

- Media reports:
The Wrap: 'The Lady,' Biopic on Burmese Activist, Gets Rave from Hillary Clinton
Washington Post: Hillary Clinton gives boost to Aung San Suu Kyi
Mizzima: Clinton, Mitchell appear at 'The Lady' screening
ABC: Secretary Hillary Clinton Mixes Hollywood and Politics at Screening of New Film 'The Lady'
KpopStarz: SM's Lee Soo Man Met Hillary Clinton at Special Screening in D.C.

- More reviews have been added at the The Lady page (left column).

Apr. 9th
- Apple Trailers: The Lady
Coming to the U.S. this week!

- Articles and interviews:
Sydney Morning Herald: Portrait of a lady
Newsweek: Michelle Yeoh On Becoming Aung San Suu Kyi for 'The Lady'
Huffington Post: The Lady She's a Goddess: A Talk With Luc Besson and Michelle Yeoh
Berlin Exberliner: "More than just a film"
Voice of America: 'The Lady' Features Michelle Yeoh as Burma's Pro Democracy Leader
Jakarta Post : Michelle Yeoh: Power & passion

- More in The Lady: premiere screening in Australia, and special screenings in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada.

Apr. 5th
- In The Lady: Variety screening in San Francisco tonight, Amnesty International Austria screening tomorrow (April 6) in Linz, opening night film for the Sonoma International Film Festival, Sonoma Valley, California, and Spotlight Feature for the Florida Film Festival, Maitland, Florida. More screenings in Singapore.

Apr. 3rd
- A screening and panel discussion of The Lady will be held on Monday April 9th, at MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), Washington D.C.. Special speakers will include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Director Luc Besson, and Michelle. Invitation only.
Press release
MPAA to Host Screening and Panel Discussion of Aung San Suu Kyi Biopic "The Lady"
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Director Luc Besson, and Actress Michelle Yeoh to speak

WASHINGTON- On Monday, April 9, 2012, the Motion Picture Association of America will host a screening and panel discussion of the Luc Besson film "The Lady". "The Lady," a Cohen Media Group release, is the story of 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, chronicling the peaceful quest of the woman at the core of Burma's democracy movement.

The panel discussion will be moderated by United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer, and feature the film's director Luc Besson, star Michelle Yeoh, and Special Representative for Burma Derek Mitchell. The panelists will discuss both the making of the film and the current political reforms underway in Burma. Following the panel discussion, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell will speak prior to the screening.

After decades under an oppressive regime, the Burmese government has recently begun a movement toward democratic reform and a more free society. Secretary of State Clinton made a historic visit to the country last year and met with both President Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi. It was the first trip by a U.S. Secretary of State to Burma in over 50 years.
(full press release PDF)

- The Lady will open the 60N Os International Film Festival, Norway, April 21-28.

- Japan and Canada posters of The Lady:

Apr. 2nd
- Michelle is now in Bangkok, Thailand.

I think we all know that Michelle's new film project is Cooktales (working title) with American-Korean writer-director Gina Kim. The filming was supposed to start last year, but the director fell sick when Michelle had time, and later Michelle was busy with The Lady promotion. So the project got postponed to this month. Some of the main and supporting actors were in Bangkok in March, learning cooking in preparation for the shooting.

Set in Singapore, the film is an epicurean coming-of-age tale of an amateur cook who has to deal with the twisted fate of his family. The full cast has not been officially announced.

- What's happening to the real "The Lady" and her country:
Epoch Times: Burma Jubilant as Opposition Claims Victory at the Polls
Wall Street Journal: Suu Kyi's Party Claims Myanmar Win
The Telegraph: Landslide victory for Aung San Suu Kyi sets Burmese nerves on edge

Mar. 30th
- The Leonard Lopate Show, a WNYC radio talk show in New York City, aired an interview with Michelle and Luc Besson today. The Lady opens on April 11 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in NYC.
  Audio: Michelle Yeoh and Luc Besson on The Lady   (19:12)

- German official website of The Lady

- AVIVA-Berlin: Interview with Michelle Yeoh

- Video: Vanity Fair - The Hollywood Issue   (03:42)
  Behind the scenes photo shoot and interview with Timothy White for Vanity Fair, including shots with Michelle.

(video scans)

Mar. 29th
- Michelle wrote a thank-you message to Taiwan audiences:

left: Michelle's message
right: Michelle during the promotion of The Lady in Taiwan

"Thank you Taiwan audiences for supporting The Lady! I wish you all love the movie. Thank you for all your great support always!"

Ahead of the April 1 by-election in Burma in which Aung San Suu Kyi is running for a seat in parliament, Michelle said to the Taiwan media that she hopes Burma will walk toward real democracy.

- The Lady will be released in Sweden on April 4th and Germany April 5th. The release dates for Brazil and Mexico are scheduled for July.

- Michelle was listed among The 50 Best Action Stars In Movie History by US Complex magazine.

Mar. 28th
- The Lady will begin limited release in the U.S. next month: April 11 in New York; April 13 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Diego, Atlanta, and Portland; April 27 in Hawaii.

- The Lady will be the opening film at the 2012 Silk Screen Asian Film Festival (May 11-20), Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

- The Lady will be screened during the 14th International Women's Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea, April 19 - 26.

- Released in Taiwan in the middle of the month, The Lady earned both praise from critics and box office success, making over TWD 10 million. Many screenings were packed and three more cinema lines joined in during the second week. Local media reported that some companies as well as local officials, including Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu, booked entire halls.

During her trip in Taiwan last weekend, Michelle thanked the Taiwan audiences for their support and affirmation. "This is a very positive movie. It's well worth our efforts." She hopes everyone will help pass the messages from the film on.

Michelle is going to promote The Lady in Washington D.C., Malaysia, and Japan. (Image at left: Malaysia poster)

Michelle's next project, Cooktales, with American-Korean writer-director Gina Kim, is expected to start next month.

Mar. 26th
- Videos from The Lady promotion in Taiwan, in Mandarin Chinese and some English:

Michelle on TVBS's "The Person" with hostess Georgina Fang:
Michelle Yeoh - A Journey of True Love   Part 1   (28:28),   Part 2   (19:02)

Interview with Michelle at CtiTV:   Part 1   (01:11),   Part 2   (02:13),   Part 3   (02:22),   Part 4   (02:54)

(3) Michelle with CtiTV hostess Lou seo fong (Lu Lu)
(4) with CtiTV crew   ("CtiTV" photos)

Mar. 25th
- Michelle attended the press conference and charity premiere of The Lady in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 25th.

News reports:
Jakarta Globe: Michelle Yeoh, a Woman of Style
Antara News: Michelle Yeoh attends premiere of "The Lady" in Indonesia

News videos (in Indonesian and English):
Okezone: Interview with Michelle   (02:18),   Liputan TV   (02:48),   Okezone   (03:21)

Michelle at the press conference of The Lady in Jakarta

(1-3) Michelle giving speech during the premiere of The Lady in Indonesia
(4) Michelle and Minister of Trade Marie Elka Pangestu on stage)

(1-2) Michelle with makeup artist Yoga Septa
(photos from "Detik", "Okezone", "Boleh", "Fotografer" and "Twitter")

Mar. 23rd
- The Lady will be coming to cinemas in Malaysia on May 3rd. In Canada April 27th and Australia April 19th.

- Photos: Michelle attending the opening ceremony of a new Christian Dior store - the biggest Dior store in the world - at Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan, March 23rd.
News videos:   Sina   (01:22),   Apple Daily   (01:47)

Michelle with Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu (who almost played Michelle's brother in 'The Touch')

(1-3) Michelle with Dior CEO Sidney Toledano

(photos from "TungStar", "Vogue", "UDN", "Apple Daily", "Oriental Daily", and "Weibo")

Mar. 20th
- Video: Cinema for Peace International Human Rights Film Award 2012   (16:50)
    The Cinema for Peace Gala Ceremony was held in Berlin, February 13th (reports and photos seen last month). The International Human Rights Film Award, by Amnesty International, Cinema for Peace, and The Human Rights Film Network, was awarded to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and "The Lady" movie. This is a full video from the award ceremony, including the acceptance remarks by Luc Besson, video message by Aung San Suu Kyi, and remarks by Michelle (at the very end). The Award was presented by Council of Europe Ambassador Bianca Jagger with Comedian and Filmmaker Michael Mittermeier.

- Indonesian premiere of The Lady will take place on Sunday, March 25, at Epicentrum Walk, Jakarta.

- The Lady O.S.T was released in Taiwan on March 16 by Sony Music.

Mar. 19th
- Michelle returned to Paris after her London trip. A source from Taiwan said she will visit Taiwan again - this week.

- Speech by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France, on the Legion d'Honneur (Legion of Honour) ceremony in Paris, March 14th: (orinally in French, translated at APTN)

    "Michelle Yeoh, you are a great actress and you are very dear to the hearts of French people who have joined in with your fans in Malaysia and Asia when they discovered you as a James Bond girl. (to the audience, smiling) Listen, everybody has their own point of reference... in 1997."
    "We can say that you are in love with France. Your dear Jean Todt has something to do with it. Last year, you were in a film with Luc Besson and it is for this movie that France is rewarding you today. You had the courage to take on a political role where in the artistic world it is often badly seen to be politically committed."
    "You beautifully embodied the Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi with an amazing strength which made her cause better known to the public. I want to thank you for your support in the liberation of this great lady. France is very happy to make you today Officer of the Legion of Honor."

(1-2) Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France, awarded Michelle
Officer of Legion of Honour   (4) Michelle and Jean Todt

(1) Virginie Besson-Silla, Luc Besson, Michelle, and Jean Todt
(2) Michelle, Jean Todt, and President Nicolas Sarkozy
(photos from "Epoch Times", "APTN" and "ChinaYes")

At the reception after the ceremony, Michelle thanked her family and friends who supported her over the years. She said the love and understanding from them made her what she is today. Michelle also thanked her fiance, Jean Todt, who supported her whole-heartedly on both her work and her spirit and makes her feel happy everyday. At the end, she thanked her friends and work partners in France, including Director Luc Besson. "Your support and encouragement have been the biggest drive for me to move forward." (translated from Chinese language source)

Mar. 18th
- The Lady held the highest average people per screen at its opening weekend in Taiwan. The world-of-mouth has been excellent!

What Taiwanese people say about The Lady:

  "I always thought Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the pinnacle of Michelle's career. In fact, it is The Lady." - Director Ang Lee
  "Michelle Yeoh looks almost identical to the real (Aung San Suu Kyi) character from body to soul. The several sad scenes are extremely touching." - Director Nelson Yeh
  "I watched the movie several times and I could not hold back my tears. She scarified so much for democracy in her country." - Sanlih TV host Isabella Chen
  "I can feel the pain in her heart. But she continued to do what she needed to do." - Jui-Ling Chang, Formosa TV News anchorwoman
  "She is emaciated, but she is brave. She is soft, yet very strong. I am really touched." - Lin Cheng-sheng, movie director
  "This is a film which stirs the deepest desire in your heart." - Tammy Darshana Lai, singer and TV host
  "She brought us the glory of humanity." - Lee Yong-ping, chair of Taipei Culture Foundation
  "This is the best movie I have seen in recent years. It has a very deep meaning for me." - Tsai Ing-wen, former leader of the Democratic Progressive Party
  "This is a very touching movie and I strongly recommend it!" - Director Feng Kai
  "This is a movie that no one should miss!" - Jason Hu, Taichung City Mayor

- The Lady is scheduled to release in Japan on July 21st.

Mar. 17th
- Michelle hosted a special screening of PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey, a Himalayas related documentary, at BAFTA London on March 16th.

Michelle at the screening of PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey

(1) Michelle, actress Diana Quick, and Jigme Pema Wangchen (middle), the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa
(the head of the Drukpa school - a school of Tibetan Buddhism), main character of the film
(2) (L to R) Michelle, Associate Producer, British aristocrat Eliza Pearson, and (California based) Director Wendy J.N. Lee
(3) The Drukpa, Michelle, Eliza Pearson, and Wendy J.N. Lee

Michelle hosts a Q & A with The Drukpa after the screening

Michelle is an Global Ambassador of Live to Love, an international humanitarian organization

Michelle with The Drukpa, founder of Live to Love

(1) Mihelle, The Drukpa, English actress Rula Lenska, and English TV presenter Bruce Parry
(2) Mihelle, The Drukpa, Rula Lenska   (3) The Drukpa, Michelle, and producer Eliza Pearson

(4-5) English actor Dominic Cooper, The Drukpa, Michelle

(photos from "WireImage", "Newscome", Drukpa and "PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey")

Mar. 16th
- The Lady opened in Taiwan today. More photos from the Taiwan promotion last week:

recording "Small Swallow Hsiao Yen Night" for CTI   ("ChinaYes")

- Videos from Taiwan: (in Mandarin Chinese)
Small Swallow Hsiao Yen Night with Michelle Yeoh:   part 1   (14:17),   part 2   (14:46),   part 3   (14:41)
BabYou interview with Michelle Yeoh   (03.07)
Applause Entertainment: interview with Michelle Yeoh   (01:12)

  TV news:
  CTI  (01:31),   Sanlih TV   (01:10),   NTDTV   (02:17),   ETV   (05:36),   FTV   (02:28),   iWant   (01:32),
  Awakening   (01:54),   PhoenixTV   (01:27),   NewShowBiz   (01:33),   TTV   (01:40),   NextTV   (05:01)

Mar. 15th
- SMG video: French President Nicolas Sarkozy awarding Michelle Yeoh Officier de Legion d'Honneur   (00:30, in Mandarin Chinese)

- The Lady: Director Luc Besson will be promoting The Lady in Milan on March 17th and Rome March 19th. The film will hit cinemas in Italy on March 23rd. A special premiere screening, organized by Biografilm Festival, will be held on March 18th in Bologna.

Mar. 14th
- Congratulations to Michelle for being awarded the Officier de la Legion d'Honneur medal, today in Paris, by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Michelle was previously awarded Chevalier (Knight) de Legion d'Honneur in 2007 (event photos). She was made an Officier (Officer) de Legion d'Honneur on December 27, 2011, in recognition of her continuous contributions to French cinema, as well as arts and cultural exchanges between Asia and France. The award ceremony took place in the evening of March 14th at the Elysee Palace. Legion d'Honneur (Legion of Honour) is France's highest civilian honour.

Michelle conferred the Officer of the Legion of Honour, Paris, March 14

French President Nicolas Sarkozy awards Michelle with the Legion of Honour medal

(R to L) Michelle, President Nicolas Sarkozy, his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and Jean Todt

(1) Virginie Besson-Silla, Luc Besson, Michelle, and Jean Todt at the ceremony
(2) Michelle and Jean Todt   (3) Michelle and President Nicolas Sarkozy

(1) Michelle and French TV journalist and writer Patrick de Carolis
(2) Michelle and French composer Jean-Michel Jarre
(3) Michelle, Jean Todt, and Dominique Desseigne, chairman of Groupe Lucien Barriere
(4) Michelle, Jean Todt, and French actor Richard Anconina

(1) Michelle shakes hands with French TV journalist and writer Patrick de Carolis

Michelle and Jean Todt at the award ceremony

(1-4) before the ceremony at Elysee Palace   (5) Michelle with her goddaughter Dee-Dee Poon

(5) Michelle and Jean Todt with fashion designer Jean Claude Jitrois
(photos from "AP", "Getty", "Newscom", "Corbis", "PurePeople", "Facebook" and "Twitter")

Mar. 12th

(1) Denmark poster of The Lady   (2) Italy poster   (3) "Io Donna" cover story

- The Lady will be released in Italy next weekend and Denmark April 26.

- Michelle was featured on the cover of Italian magazine "Io Donna", March 3-9 issue. Michelle Yeoh: Volevo essere Sang Suu Kyi a tutti i costi

- Fmovie Magazine: The Lady - continues to inspire
    The Lady seems to have struck an emotional chord with Singaporeans and it continues to pull in the crowd with a 21% jump in box office takings over its second weekend run.

- With The Lady being released in more Asian countries/regions, many people in Malaysia are anxious to know when the film will come to their country, Michelle's hometown. The latest I heard is that certain scenes will be deleted for the Malaysian release which should be coming soon. A Malaysian friend of mine who has seen the film in another country reckoned some kissing scenes might be cut out. Note that Malaysia is a multicultural and multi-religious society with more than 60% Muslims and about 20% Buddhists. Michelle herself, like Aung San Suu Kyi, is a Buddhist.

- Taiwan media reported that there will be two special screenings of The Lady in the United States hosted by two First Ladies - one in Washington D.C. by Hillary Clinton, and another in Texas by Laura Bush. The film will hit U.S. cinemas beginning April 13th.

Mar. 11th
- Videos of the Taipei The Lady premiere, March 8th. In Mandarin Chinese.
  Part 1: Pachelbel's Canon   (04:20)
  Part 2: Guests introduction   (02:41)
  Part 3: Speech by Olivier Richard, Director of French Institute Taipei   (03:13)
  Part 4: Speech by Anita Young, Guerlain Brand GM in region of China   (03:04)
  Part 5: On stage: Conversation with Michelle Yeoh   (07:39)
  Part 6: Michelle with students who performed Canon   (01:29)
  Part 7: Ending   (02:13)

- Michelle continued The Lady promotion in Taiwan on March 9th.

Michelle on shooting of "Small Swallow Hsiao Yen Night" for CTITV with hostess Chang Hsiao-Yen, Mar 9

During the shooting of TVBS's "The Person", Michelle got a bit emotional when talking about Aung San Suu Kyi's love story. Both Michelle and Georgina Fang, a well-known anchor of TVBS, burst into tears when a specially edited video containing scenes from The Lady and Michelle's past films was being played during the interview. According to the media reports, the two choked up and could not stop sobbing for more than 10 minutes... Eventually, the crew had to stop shooting and re-touch Michelle's makeup before rolling the camera again.

After they calmed down, Michelle sighed: "That was miserable! I could not stop crying! Incredible..." She "blamed" Georgina Fang: "It was all your fault! I thought this would be an easy, relaxed shooting." Later Georgina Fang explained "innocently": "I cried because Michelle cried..."

Georgina Fang asked Michelle how Aung San Suu Kyi could have stood so much pain and suffering. Michelle thinks Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband had the commitment from the very beginning. Their love provided them with more strength. That is true love, support, and courage.

Michelle said that making this film opened her eyes and she learned to "be a good person." She hopes she can thank Aung San Suu Kyi in person - "thank you for giving me such an opportunity so that I can follow your path." Georgina Fang praised Michelle as having "a very beautiful soul".

on shooting of TVBS's "The Person", both Michelle and TVBS hostess Georgina Fang went emotional...

(4) they had to pause and retouch Michelle's makeup...

(1) Michelle accepted a painting from Georgina Fang

Michelle and Georgina Fang
(photos from "Epoch Times", "China Times", "Sina", "Apple Daily", "Applause Movie" and "TVBS")

Mar. 9th
- The Taipei The Lady premiere took place on March 8th, the International Women's Day, with the theme "Love and Courage". Michelle said she was very happy to attend the event on this "meaningful date".

During the discussion following the film screening, Michelle said when filming Aung San Suu Kyi's hunger strike scenes in The Lady, in order to find a real connection, she really did not eat for two days.

Music students from Kuang-Jen High School performed Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel at the premiere ceremony. The piece is one of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's favorites and it was performed during the actual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in 1991. Michelle played this piece on piano in the film.

Talking about her own films, the three Michelle feels the most satisfied with are Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Reign of Assassins, and The Lady.

During her three day stay in Taiwan Michelle attended more than 20 media events/interviews. She never complained how tired she was. All she wanted was to let more people know about this story. She skipped the annual Women in the World Summit in New York City in order to be here for The Lady promotion. Michelle will be leaving Taiwan Saturday morning.

Michelle at the Taipei premiere of The Lady

(1) Michelle with Freddy Lim, Chairman of Amnesty International Taiwan

(1) Michelle covered her face when the host, Mickey Huang, asking about her love life
(2) Michelle, Olivier Richard, director of French Institute Taipei and Anita Young, Guerlain Brand GM in region of China

(2-3) Michelle with the students of Kuang-Jen High School who performed the Canon

(photos from "Yes", "Now News", "Yam", "China Times", "Xinhua", "Apple Daily", "Applause Movie", and "Amnesty International Taiwan")

Mar. 8th
- Links:
Amnesty International Taiwan: AI meeting and private screening of The Lady March 14
Film Business Asia: Lady scores on Singapore debut
HKauteur: The Lady review

Mar. 7th
- Michelle attended The Lady charity premiere in Taichung, Taiwan on March 7th with Taichung Mayor Jason Hu. Mayor Hu and his wife Shaw Hsiao-ling were classmates and friends of Aung San Suu Kyi when they studied at the Oxford. The premiere was organized by Applause Entertainment and Taipei Overseas Peace Service (TOPS). All proceeds will go towards Taiwan's Chinese Association for Human Rights (CAHR) to aid refugees and school children at Thailand-Burma border. Guests at the premiere also included Taichung City Deputy Mayors Hsiao Chia-chi and Tsai Bing-Kun, other Taichung city officials, and Su Yiu-chen, chairman of the Chinese Association for Human Rights.

Michelle and Taichung Mayor Jason Hu at the premiere

(photos from "Applause Movie", "Epoch Times", "Now News", "Wow News", "CWN", and "CDN")

- A The Lady press conference was held in Taipei, Taiwan, on March 7th.

"It is part of history, but it must be told," said Michelle at the press conference in Taipei. Asked about being blacklisted by the Myanmar government last year, Michelle said no matter what happened, it was worthwhile to make the film, and she still loves the country and hopes to visit it again. She said she is very happy when audiences want to google more about Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma after watching the film. Michelle said that not everyone has the rights that many of us think would come naturally and she hopes this film will raise awareness about this serious issue.

In addition to learning Burmese, Michelle also lost almost 10kg for the filming. Meanwhile, her co-star David Thewlis had to gain some weight for the double roles in the film - he gained 5kg for playing Michael Aris's twin brother. Michelle said that during the filming when she was nervous about giving speeches in Burmese, David Thewlis actually acted as a loving "husband" and encouraged her. They really looked like a loving couple at the end.

"This is not a romantic story. It's about true love," said Michelle. A reporter asked: "Do you have a true love in your life?" Michelle answered immediately: "I feel I do." And she laughed: "Don't you feel I look really blessed and happy?" In fact, Michelle's other-half, Jean Todt, a co-producer of the film, was the one who contacted Luc Besson first.

Note: Aung San Suu Kyi's late husband Michael Aris was a leading Western scholar on Tibetan and Himalayan culture. In his last years he helped to establish a specialist Tibetan and Himalayan Studies centre at Oxford. Coincidentally, David Thewlis, who played Michael Aris, starred in 1997's US/UK production "Seven Years in Tibet". And as a result, the Chinese communist government banned David Thewlis, along with his co-star Brad Pitt and director Jean-Jacques Annaud, from ever entering China.

New videos (in Mandarin Chinese): Apple Daily (02:39),   UND (01:41),   UDN (02:15)

(photos from "Epoch Times", "Wow News", "Tungstar", "ETtoday", "Now News", "Yam", "Yes", and "Applause Movie")

Mar. 6th
- From Taiwan promotion: The Lady clips and trailer, in English and Mandarin Chinese with Chinese subtitles.

  Clip: Shwedagon Pagoda speech   (04:05)
  Clip: Request   (01:41)
  Clip: Goodbye   (01:31)
  The Lady Taiwan Trailer 1   (02:15)
  The Lady Taiwan Trailer 2   (02:08)

- Michelle arrived at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in the late afternoon of March 6th. On March 7th Michelle will attend a press conference in Taipei in the afternoon, and the film premiere in Taichung in the evening. And she will be at the Taipei premiere in the evening of the 8th.

News videos: Michelle Yeoh arriving in Taiwan for The Lady (in Mandarin)
  UDN (01:05),     Apple Daily (01:39)

Look at Michelle's cell phone skin - made by Luc Besson's daughter ;-)
(photos from "CNA", "China Times" and "Apple Daily")

Mar. 5th
- The Lady has been received really well in Singapore. Most screenings were fully sold out last weekend. "Many Burmese in Singapore who had been looking forward to the opening of the film were disappointed when they could not get tickets to watch their 'Lady' on the big screen on the first weekend. They are now arranging to book halls for their own community to catch the movie together for this coming weekend," reported In Cinemas.

"I am extremely thrilled to hear this good news. THE LADY is such an inspiring and moving movie I would like to share with all my beloved friends, fans, family in Singapore. Thank you for all your support again," said Michelle after learning the overwhelming response of Singaporeans at the box office.

Many Singaporean viewers rated the film with solid Five Stars.

Meanwhile, The Lady has continued to play well in Hong Kong. After 25 days, the medium scale release gathered HKD$4.4 million.

In Cinemas: Michelle Yeoh not doing new projects until the world knows about THE LADY

Michelle in Singapore, Feb. 29   ("New Paper" photos)

Mar. 4th
- Michelle returned to Malaysia and she will soon head to Taiwan. The Lady will premiere on March 7th in Taichung and March 8th in Taipei, Taiwan.

- Two photos from 2010 -

Left photo: December 6, 2010 - Michelle, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and Daw Suu's younger son Kim Aris (middle) during Michelle's visit at Daw Suu's Rangoon house (photo posted by Unty Mee)
Right photo: Michelle and Kim Aris with Kayan extras during the filming of The Lady in Thailand in fall 2010

Mar. 2nd
- Razor TV interview videos with Michelle Yeoh in Singapore:
part 1: Michelle's labour of love   (03:23)
part 2: Luc Besson perfect for The Lady   (03:50)
part 3: She lost 10kg to play Aung San Suu Kyi   (03:29)
part 4: Aung San Suu Kyi has a great sense of humour   (04:24)

- Articles/interviews:
The New Paper: Why should I be afraid? Says Michelle Yeoh
The New Paper: Always A Lady
More press interviews

Mar. 1st
- Michelle will be in Taiwan next week and she will attend The Lady premieres in Taichung and Taipei. The film opens in Taiwan on March 16th.

- More from Singapore. First image: flyer by "Thazin Singapore Success Magazine", a Burmese lifestyle magazine published in Singapore.

(1) Thazin Singapore Success Magazine flyer   (2) Michelle attending the gala premiere of The Lady
(3) Michelle at media interview in Singapore   (photos from "Zoabao", "New Paper", and "Thazin")

- Links:
Reader's Digest Asia: Interview with Michelle Yeoh
ANN: Michelle Yeoh lost 10kg to play The Lady
Homerun: The Lady And The Iron Lady Rule
Leela Panikar: The Lady Review

Feb. 29th
- The Lady was premiered in Singapore on February 29th at Golden Village Grand, Great World City. It had a long, emotional standing ovation at the end. Michelle was there.

The film opens in cinemas in Singapore on March 1st.   ("Twitter" and "Weibo" photos)

- Watch videos: AM LIVE! Interviews with Michelle Yeoh in Singapore - From Bond Girl, to The Lady:   Part 1   Part 2 (in English)
The program is airing on Channel News Asia.

- Left picture: new US poster for The Lady. Right two pictures: French DVD/Blu-ray cover.

Feb. 28th
- Michelle has arrived in Singapore. According to Mercury News, director Luc Besson wasn't able to make the trip to the Cinequest Film Festival although he was originally supposed to appear.

- In The Lady: information on Italian release and special campaign, Italian teaser trailer, and French (Region 2) DVD/Blu-ray release.

- Some magazine images:

(1-2) Malaysia's "Gorgeous" magazine   (3-5) French "Madame Figaro"

- A site search function has been added on Sitemap. Enjoy. ;-)

Feb. 26th
- Director Luc Besson will be attending the Cinequest Film Festival where The Lady is the opening night film on February 28th, in San Jose, California. Michelle, who had a short stop in Malaysia, is heading to Singapore - the Singapore premiere of The Lady will be held on February 29th at Golden Village Grand.

Feb. 24th
- Videos: Exploring Orchidee Imperiale by Michelle Yeoh
Episode 4: The Treasure of Nature   (02:33, in English w/Chinese subtitles)
Episode 5: The Essence of a Myth   (02:07, in English w/Chinese subtitles)

- The Lady special on French magazine "Paris Match", published in October 2011. The Icon of Freedom.

Also new in Photos->Magazines: Cover story of Hong Kong's "Ming Pao Weekly", Aung San Suu Kyi in Michelle Yeoh's Eyes, February 2012.

Feb. 22nd
- Michelle continued her African road safety tour to Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire today.

- Video: Exploring Orchidee Imperiale by Michelle Yeoh Episode 3: the Science of Longevity   (02:30, in English w/Chinese subtitles)

- Image at left: The Lady Singapore poster. The film will be released on March 1st in Singapore by Homerun Asia and Golden Village Pictures, March 16 in Taiwan by Applause Entertainment, and July in Japan by Kadokawa Pictures. For more release dates please see the left column of The Lady page.

- Released in Hong Kong on February 9th on 67 screens in 14 cinemas, The Lady had generated HKD$3 million in its first week. It held the highest per-theater average in the week. Apparently the film attracted many visitors from Mainland China too. Knowing they would not be able to watch the film in cinema in Mainland China where even the trailers and name listings of the film are banned, some people made a special trip to Hong Kong in order to watch the film. "Mainlanders used to travel across the border to watch adult movies. Today, we are going there for 'The Lady'," said a "Weibo" (a popular Chinese microblog) post. Countless "Weibo" comments from people who had seen it said how moved they were by the story of Aung San Suu Kyi and the performances in it. More posts were expressing how much they wish to see the film. "The movie world owes Michelle Yeoh an Oscar. And we owe ourselves our freedom," another post said.

The Lady is currently playing in Hong Kong, in English and Burmese with Chinese and English (part) subtitles.

- What Hong Kong film people say about The Lady:

   "This was the best and the most difficult role Michelle Yeoh has ever played among all her movies. Her performance is simply perfect!" - Ann Hui, Director
   "Michelle Yeoh is the pride of Hongkongers!" - Joe Cheung Tung Cho, Director
   "So real and exquisite under the lens... the actress even gave a speech in Burmese. Her talent is truly admirable" - Chip Tsao, Columnist of "Hong Kong Headline"
   "Looking so similar in both looks and spirit, I am touched by Michelle Yeoh's effort." - Mabel Cheung, Director
   "Michelle Yeoh's performance is amazing. Not only has she portrayed a great politician, but also she brought Aung San Suu Kyi's splendor and beauty to life." - Alfred Cheung, Director
   "Through her effort, energy, perseverance, and learning diligently, Michelle Yeoh made herself an outstanding, first class actress and artist." - Shu Kei, Director and Dean of Film and Television at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
   "The film has many touching moments. Michelle Yeoh is the brightest point. With her exquisite and convincing performance, she has reached another peak in her career." - Freddie Wong, Director and Film Critic

Feb. 21st
- Michelle is in Nigeria today.

- Upcoming The Lady screenings in New York City:
United Nations Association of New York, March 9
Tibet House US, March 31

- YouTube video: Michelle Yeoh signing autographs at Berlinale 2012   (00:47)

Feb. 20th
- Michelle and Jean Todt are promoting road safety in Africa. Photo at left: Michelle and Jean Todt at a press conference, the Grand Hotel Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Congo, February 20th.   (photo from "Digital Congo")

- Video: Exploring Orchidee Imperiale by Michelle Yeoh Episode 2: the World of Orchids   (02:44, in English w/Chinese subtitles)

- Fans in Singapore may win tickets for preview screenings of The Lady. The film will be released in the country on March 1st.
  Aware   inSing   OMY   sinema.sg

Feb. 17th
- Spanish poster of The Lady.

- Reports:
Cinema for Peace presented premiere of The Lady
Human Rights Film Award for Aung San Suu Kyi

Feb. 16th
- Thanks Night Phoomin, creative of Woody Talk Show, for making and sharing the full English version of the show. The Thai version was aired in Thailand on Feb. 5.
  Watch video: Woody Talk Show with Michelle Yoeh   (40:42)

- Uh... check out something fun - the animations on this blog post 02/16 ;-)

Feb. 15th
- Filmed last year in Switzerland, France and Yunnan Province of China for Guerlain, Exploring Orchidee Imperiale by Michelle Yeoh (Exploring Imperial Orchid by Michelle Yeoh) contains 5 episodes and is debuting online today.

Watch Videos: Exploring Orchidee Imperiale by Michelle Yeoh
    English Teaser   Chinese Teaser   (00:28)
    Episode 1: The Story of a Quest   (02:08, in English w/Chinese subtitles)

Michelle and Guerlain

Feb. 14th
- Michelle has left Berlin and returned to Paris. Photos: Michelle leaving Berlin, Berlin Tegel Airport, February 14. ("Newscom" photos)   Happy Valentine's Day everyone! ;-)

Feb. 13th
- The Cinema for Peace Gala Ceremony was held at the Konzerthaus Am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, February 13th. This year the International Human Rights Film Award was awarded to both human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and to the movie The Lady. Director Luc Besson and the lead actress Michelle Yeoh received the award at the gala ceremony. Aung San Suu Kyi accepted the award in a video message. The prize is awarded by Amnesty International, Cinema for Peace, and Human Rights Film Network.

Michelle and director Luc Besson's "The Lady" receive International Human Rights Film Award

Michelle speaks onstage at the award ceremony

Michelle and director Luc Besson onstage

(1-2) Michelle Yeoh and Luc Besson watch Aung San Suu Kyi's video message at the Cinema for Peace Gala ceremony

(1) Michelle, Luc Besson, and human rights activist Bianca Jagger
(2) Argentine lawyer Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Virginie Besson-Silla, Michelle, and Luc Besson
(3) Michelle, Virginie Besson-Silla, Luc Besson and French actress Catherine Deneuve

(2) Michelle, Luc Besson, Virginie Besson-Silla
(3) Michelle, Luc Besson, Bianca Jagger and German comedian Michael Mittermeier

(photos from "AP", "Getty", "WireImage", "Newscom", "Corbis" and "CFP")

Feb. 12th
- Videos:
NTDTV: Report from Hong Kong - Michelle Yeoh on Playing Aung San Suu Kyi: Be a Good Person   (02:00, in Mandarin)
NTDTV: China Bans 'The Lady', Fearing Public Awakening   (02:09, in Mandarin)
BBTV: Michelle Yeoh Sharing Film Experience with Students in Hong Kong   (02:07 in Cantonese)
From Thailand: Interview with Michelle Yeoh and Luc Besson   (15:05, in English and Thai)

- News photos: Michelle attending the Cinema for Peace gala screening of The Lady during the 62th Berlin International Film Festival, Astor Cinema, February 12th.

Michelle, Luc Besson, American actress Angelina Jolie

(1) Michelle, director Luc Besson and producer Virginie Besson-Silla

(1) (L to R) producer Andy Harris, his wife screenwriter Rebecca Frayn, director Luc Besson, Michelle and producer Virginie Besson-Silla
(2) Michelle, Luc Besson, Angelina Jolie, and Virginie Besson-Silla

(photos from "Getty", "WireImage", "Corbis", "PurePeople" and "AP")

Feb. 10th
- The Cinema for Peace gala screening of The Lady will be held on February 12th in Berlin during the Berlinale/EFM. (AD)

- Articles:
Wall Street Journal: Myanmar Residents Scramble to See "The Lady"
New York Times: Perfect Timing for 'The Lady'
Wall Street Journal: Making The Lady: We Didn't Have the Truth Most of the Time (Luc Besson interview)
Film reviews:
  Review: THE LADY fights an incredibly personal battle
      "beautiful, fascinating and emotionally rewarding drama that proves to be inspiring, uplifting and life-affirming in a way that is impossible to ignore."
      "Michelle Yeoh gives an incredible performance as Aung San Suu Kyi, in what may well prove to be the defining moment of her dramatic career. Not only does she look almost identical to Burma's democratic hero, but she adopts the woman's mannerisms, posture, even the way she walks, to an uncanny degree."

  The Lady Review   (this one is from my friend YTSL, who is now a writer for SCMP in Hong Kong)

Feb. 8th
- New images from The Lady.

Also more film posters have been added - U.K., U.S., Germany, Portugal, and Taiwan. The Lady will be released in Hong Kong tomorrow (Feb. 9) and in Taiwan on March 16th. Michelle is expected to be in Taiwan at the beginning of March. The Taiwan (Chinese) title of the film is "Yi Ai Zhi Ming: Aung San Suu Kyi" (In the Name of Love: Aung San Suu Kyi). And Hong Kong (Chinese) title is "Aung San Suu Kyi".

- Michelle has left Hong Kong for Malaysia. She was spotted in Penang.

- Watch video: Michelle Yeoh's Congratulations on NTDTV's 10th Anniversary   (00:21, in English and Cantonese)
      NTDTV (New Tang Dynasty Television) is the only TV broadcasting into Mainland China (via satellite) which provides an uncensored Chinese-language alternative to China's state-run media. Based in New York City, the independent television broadcaster was established in 2002 by Chinese Americans, with a mission of bringing truthful and uncensored information into and out of China, promoting traditional Chinese culture, and facilitating mutual understanding between the East and West. (website: Chinese, English & other languages)

Feb. 7th
- Hong Kong Standard: Let democracy bloom, Yeoh urges students

News videos from Hong Kong:
Wall Street Journal: Michelle Yeoh on Becoming Suu Kyi   (07:05, in English Interview text version)
am730: Special media interview   (06:54, in Cantonese w/ occasionally English)
Golden Scene: The Lady special Screening/Conversation   (01:16, in English)
Apple Daily: The Lady special Screening/Conversation   (01:44, in Cantonese and English)

Michelle has been in Hong Kong, attending a series of The Lady related public events including the gala premiere, press conference, special screenings/conversations. She has also been on dozens of media interviews and having discussions with students in various universities.

Michelle at media interviews, Feb. 4
(photos from "Skypost", "am730", "Apple Daily", "ETnet" and Flickr)

Photos from Hong Kong: Michelle, director Luc Besson and producer Virginie Besson-Silla at University of Hong Kong (HKU), Feb. 3:

(2) Michelle, Luc Besson, and a Burmese student at HKU

Several hundred students and teachers attended the talk entitled 'The Lady: Burma, Love and Freedom'. A student commented that the event was as successful as Aung San Suu Kyi's (online) lecture to HKU students last year. HKU will be conferring a honorary Doctor degree to Aung San Suu Kyi in the spring.

Photos: Special screenings/conversations with Michelle, Luc Besson, Virginie Besson-Silla, Feb. 4:

Photos: Special screenings/conversations with Michelle and Luc Besson, Feb. 5:

On Feb. 6th, Michelle was at a seminar at Hong Kong Baptist University. She encouraged the students to embrace democracy and freedom, and she said that democracy should be enjoyed by everyone in the world. She was heard answering questions in different languages, switching among Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.

Photos: Michelle at Chung Chi College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Feb. 7:

(photos from "Golden Scene", "Epoch Times", "Apple Daily", "Ming Pao", "Corbis", "Singtao", "Takung", "Weibo" and "Baidu")

Feb. 6th
- I always wondered whether we would see a photo of Michelle and Aung San Suu Kyi together from their meeting in 2010... This is perhaps the first and only photo of they two together which has appeared online - taken on December 7, 2010, at the Yangon International Airport in Rangoon/Yangon. All the media exposure at that time made the Myanmar officials so nervous that they blacklisted Michelle and deported her at the border when she tried to visit the country last June.

History seems turning a new page for Burma/Myanmar. Now a year later, Aung San Suu Kyi is running for the parliament and Michelle is no longer blacklisted. (photos posted by Thaung Hein)

- Article/interview:
Film Business Asia: Michelle Yeoh Q&A (interview)
The Nation: Yeoh, Yeoh, the lady's up for rap

Feb. 5th
- Michelle and director Luc Besson will be attending the Cinema for Peace Gala in Berlin on February 13th to receive the International Human Rights Film Award for The Lady.

- The Lady will be the opening film at the Cinequest Film Festival (Feb. 29 - Mar. 11, in San Jose, California). (Get ticket)

- German release of The Lady has been postponed to April 5th.

- Let's save more photos and reports from Hong Kong (while Michelle is continuing her Lady promotion there) for later and go back to Thailand... Here is a very interesting interview with Michelle, done on Feb. 1 in Bangkok. The Woody Talk Show was aired in Thailand on Feb 5.

One of the highlights - perhaps many people are happy to hear - Michelle is no longer blacklisted in Burma/Myanmar. "I heard I'm no longer in the blacklist," said Michelle.

Watch video - "Woody Talk: Michelle Yeoh". In English and Thai.
Part 1 (03:24)   "I heard I'm no longer in the blacklist"
Part 2 (11:34)   life in general, "citizen of the world"
Part 3 (07:01)   preparing for The Lady
Part 4 (10:15)   Thailand experience, diet, work-out during the filming
Part 5 (07:24)   on meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Thai PM, role of a woman in society
Full video (39:35)

- Bangkok Post: Heeding the call of history   (Michelle Yeoh on playing political icon Aung San Suu Kyi)

- More videos from Thailand:
Youku: Michelle Yeoh and Luc Besson Making The Lady   (02:18, in Mandarin and English)
MCOT: Michelle Yeoh on The Lady   (02:26, in Thai and English)

Feb. 4th
- Videos from the Hong Kong gala premiere of The Lady:
NTDTV   (01:50, in Mandarin and English)
NTDTV   (01:54, in Cantonese and English)
i-cable   (01:32, in Cantonese)
Apple Daily   (01:06, in Cantonese)

Hong Kong charity gala premiere of The Lady took place at the Grand Cinema on Friday night, organized by Amnesty International Hong Kong. It was a full-house screening. Guests in attendance included Albert Ho Chun-yan, chairman of the Democratic Party, Hong Kong directors Ann Hui and Mabel Cheung, who worked with Michelle on Ah Kam and The Soong Sisters respectively, and actress Elaine Kam who played Michelle's mother in The Soong Sisters.

Michelle said she feels emotional and nervous to attend this premiere in Hong Kong where she started her career. She hopes Aung San Suu Kyi will be an inspiration for all.

Two special screenings and discussions were held on Saturday with Michelle and director Luc Besson attending. Hong Kong director Joe Cheung (Tung Cho), who was at one of the screenings, called Michelle "the pride of our Hongkongers".

Photos from the Hong Kong gala premiere:

(1-2) Michelle attending the Hong Kong gala premiere   (3-4) Cheers for freedom!

(4-5) Virginie Besson-Silla, Michell, and Luc Besson
(photos from "Epoch Times", "Apple Daily", "Ming Pao", "Singtao", "Wenwei", "Takung" and "Weibo")

Feb. 3rd
- Videos from Hong Kong:
AFP: Yeoh says 'lifetime opportunity' to play Suu Kyi   (00:58, in English)
i-Cable: Michelle Yeoh at HK press conference   (02:02, in Cantonese and English)
Reuters: Michelle Yeoh premieres "The Lady" in Hong Kong   (01:16, in English)
Sohu: Michelle Yeoh at HK press conference   (02:26, in Mandarin, English and Cantonese)
Yahoo: Michelle Yeoh learning Burmese for Aung San Suu Kyi role   (01:16, in Cantonese)
Apple Daily: Michelle Yeoh and Luc Besson promote The Lady in Hong Kong   (02:04, in Cantonese and English)

- AFP: Michelle Yeoh says Suu Kyi role 'lifetime opportunity'

- News photos from The Lady press conference in Hong Kong, February 3rd.

Michelle and director Luc Besson, HK press conference

Virginie Besson-Silla, Luc Besson, and Michelle

(photos from "Reuters", "AP", "Golden Scene", "Epoch Times", "Getty", "Apple Daily", "Wenwei" and "News")

Feb. 2nd
- Michelle arrived in Hong Kong in the evening of Feb. 2. She waved and said "Happy New Year" to the reporters and joked that she would have put on makeup if she knew they were waiting at the airport.

(photos from "HK Headline", "CFP" and "Oriental Daily")

Right before the Hong Kong gala premeire of The Lady tomorrow (3rd) night, Michelle and director Luc Besson will be giving a talk at the University of Hong Kong from 5:30pm to 7:00pm: 'The Lady': Burma, Love and Freedom. You can watch it via Live Webcast.

Michelle will also attend a press conference at Hong Kong's Grand Hyatt Hotel in the afternoon.

- Guardian: The Lady is underground hit in Burma   (biopic of Aung San Suu Kyi has no scheduled release in Burma, but pirated DVDs have been available for months)

- Video: Woody Talk Show - Michelle Yeoh interview Teaser   (00:56, in English and Thai)

Photos from the Woody Talk interview in Bangkok, Thailand, February 1st.

(1) Michelle and Thai actor Day Thaitanium, a co-star in The Lady
(5) Michelle, Day Thaitanium, and the Woody Talk host   ("Sanook" photos)

Feb. 1st
- Article/interview:
AP: Michelle Yeoh calls Myanmar's Suu Kyi her 'hero'
The Nation: Burma in the balance (interview with Michelle and Luc Besson)

- AP video: Michelle Yeoh on meeting Aung San Suu Kyi   (02:19)

- Photos: press interviews in Bangkok, Thailand, February 1st.

(photos from "AP" and "Twitter")

Jan. 31st
- News photos: Michelle, Luc Besson and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra attending the Thailand launch and gala premiere of The Lady, Bangkok, Thailand, January 31st.

Videos from the Thailand Gala Premiere:
Full video of the Thailand Gala Premiere   (in English and Thai, about 10 min)
Premiere and interview with Michelle   (04:09, English and Thai)
The Lady premiered in Thailand   (01:57)

Michelle meeting Yingluck Shinawatra, Thai Prime Minister

Michelle at the gala premiere of The Lady in Bangkok

press interview

Yingluck Shinawatra, Michelle, Luc Besson

(photos from "ASTV", "Post Today", "Thairath", "Sring News" and "Matichon")

- Michelle presented a donation of 100,000 Baht from The Lady team and two Thai companies to the Chaipattana Foundation to aid flood victims in Thailand. January 31st.
  News video   (02:55. in Thai and English. Michelle's interview is in English)

Michelle with Sumet Tantivejkul, Secretary-General of the Chaipattana Foundation

(photos from "Chaipattana Foundation", "Nation Photo" and "Post Today")

Jan. 30th
- Michelle and Luc Besson will attend the gala screening of The Lady in the evening of January 31 at Paragon Cineplex, Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand. "Bangkok Post" reported that Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will also join the screening. The film opens in cinemas in Thailand on Thursday.

- Telegraph: Michelle Yeoh planning to try to visit Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma again

- Upcoming The Lady promotion in Hong Kong:
Feb. 3: Hong Kong Charity Gala Premier of The Lady (with Michelle and Luc Besson)
Feb. 3: the University of Hong Kong, The Lady: Burma, Love and Freedom (with Michelle and Luc Besson)
Feb. 4-5: Special screenings and discussions with Michelle and Luc Besson. English version Chinese version
Feb. 6: Academy of Film, the Hong Kong Baptist University, Film Seminar with Michelle Yeoh, Star of 'The Lady'
Feb. 7: Chung Chi College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Michelle Yeoh Sharing on Filming 'The Lady'

- News photos: Michelle at the closing ceremony of the Hua Hin International Film Festival, January 29.

(1-2) Virginie Besson-Silla, Luc Besson, Michelle atteding the closing ceremony

- Photos: Michelle in Hua Hin, Thailand, January 29.

(photos from "Getty" and "CFP")

Jan. 29th
- The Lady was screened at the closing day of the Hua Hin International Film Festival in Hua Hin, Thailand, January 29, with both Michelle and director Luc Besson in attendance. According to the "Screen", it was a packed house and the festival had to open a second screen. During the press conference, Michelle said she plans to visit Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi again.

Videos from the Hua Hin International Film Festival:
The Lady screening at Hua Hin Festival   (02:24. in English)
Screening and press conference of The Lady at Hua Hin Festival   (in English and Thai, about 1 hour)

News photos from the screening and press conference of The Lady at Hua Hin:

Michelle attending the screening of The Lady at Hua Hin International Film Festival

The Lady screening: director Luc Besson, Michelle, and Thai actor Day Thaitanium who co-stars in The Lady

Virginie Besson-Silla, Luc Besson, Michelle and Day Thaitanium at the press conference

(2) (L to R) producer Watcharin Suthiprapa, Dr Sorajak Kasemuwarn, Michelle, Luc Besson and
Suvannee Chinchiewchan, Deputy Managing Director of SF Cinema City of Thailand

Michelle with Day Thaitanium

(photos from "ASTV", "Epoch Times", "Terra", "Siamdara", "Weibo" and "Getty")

- More photos from Davos, Switzerland, January 25-26:

(photos from "MITI" and "Weibo")

1. Michelle (left) with Jean Todt attending Malaysian Breakfast Dialogue in Davos, Jan. 26. Michelle spoke at the breakfast meeting. According to MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia) Michelle is now a board member of Pinewood Studios and she will be assisting MITI to promote Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios to moviemakers
2. Luc Besson accepting the Crystal Award during the openning of the World Economic Forum 2012, Jan. 25
3. Michelle during the World Economic Forum, Jan. 26

Jan. 26th
- "Sina" videos from Davos, Switzerland:
Michelle Yeoh on World Economic Forum   (00:58, in English)
Michelle Yeoh's Chinese New Year Greetings   (00:08, in English)

(1) Michelle at an interview with "Sina"   (2) Michelle wishing everyone Happy Chinese New Year, Jan 26
(3) Michelle at the World Economic Forum, Jan 25   ("Weibo" photos)

At the World Economic Forum, "Sina" (China) reporters tried to invite Michelle and Luc Besson to join "Sina Weibo" (Chinese microblog). They were surprised when Michelle said she does not use social networking like Facebook or Twitter. Michelle laughed and said she is a dinosaur (who lives in ancient times). She disclosed that director Luc Besson does not even use e-mail. Besson described himself as a dolphin who enjoys swimming freely.

"Weibo" is the twitter-like microblog in Mainland China. And it is becoming a source for uncensored news and reports despite the fact the government keeps imposing stricter censorship rules, deleting unwanted posts, closing accounts, and even arresting people over their posts. A "Sina" reporter wrote in her "Weibo" yesterday: "'The Lady' stars actress Michelle Yeoh of China, and it is perhaps the only bright spot at the 'overcasting' economic forum. We are trying to catch Luc Besson for an interview. But, 'The Lady' is a banned movie in China, and we can not talk about the topic on Aung San Suu Kyi. What can we ask Besson if we catch him?..." One of the replies said: "Michelle Yeoh is Malaysian Chinese. No actor in Mainland China would dare to make this movie."

- Michelle is scheduled to attend more events during her The Lady promotion in Hong Kong:
February 3rd, the University of Hong Kong, The Lady: Burma, Love and Freedom (with Luc Besson)
February 7th, Chung Chi College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Michelle Yeoh Sharing on Filming 'The Lady'

Jan. 25th
- Michelle is in the snowy Davos, Switzerland today (World Economic Forum).

- The Lady going to Hong Kong! In addition to the Hong Kong Charity Gala Premier of The Lady by Amnesty International Hong Kong on Friday February 3rd, there will also be three special screenings of The Lady, on the 4th and 5th. Michelle and Luc Besson will attend the discussion sessions after the screenings.

Information & Tickets: English version Chinese version

(Several friends I know in Mainland China wanted to go to the gala premier in Hong Kong, but they were worried that the Chinese communist government might track them down and harass them if they made electronic payments to Amnesty International, who continuously stands up against the human rights abuses in China including many cases on Falun Gong and Tibet. These special screenings may be a good opportunity for them to meet Michelle and watch the film which is banned in Mainland China.)

Jan. 24th
- Videos:
DFI: Luc Besson, Michelle Yeoh and Virginie Besson on "The Lady"   (02:15)
Asia Society: Luc Besson and Michelle Yeoh on "The Lady" and Aung San Suu Kyi   (09:57)

- Michelle's Yu Shu Lien in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has been selected by "TIME" on its Top 10 Kickass Movie Women Populist.

- Well history was not made today. I mean, as the Oscar nominations were announced this morning, they still have not nominated an oriental actress for Best Actress... Of course being snubbed by no means indicates Michelle's performance in The Lady is not award-worthy. In fact her name appeared frequently in the time before the announcement.

Another 2011 high-profile film Michelle participated in, Kung Fu Panda 2, was nominated as the Best Animated Feature Film.

Jan. 20th
- The Lady will have its Colorado premiere at the 8th annual Boulder International Film Festival, to be held on February 16-19, Boulder, Colorado.

- The Lady production photos:

1. Burma House. Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) and her husband Michael Aris (David Thewlis), before her detainment
2. Burma House, interior. Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) with photo of her father
3. Burma House, interior. Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) remains steadfast

1. Burma House. Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) and her messages of non-violence & human rights
2. Oxford apartment. Michael Aris (David Thewlis) learns the military junta has again denied his visa
3. the Oxford apartment

- Interviews/articles:
Set Decor: Luc Besson: the lady
    (director Luc Besson and producer Virginie Besson-Silla on authenticity of the production - sets, props, extras, etc.)
ES Magazine: Michelle Yeoh's My London
Huffington Post: Michelle Yeoh, Star of 'The Lady'
Gulf News: A journey of self-realisation

Jan. 19th
- The Lady has been awarded the 2012 International Human Rights Film Award by Amnesty International, Cinema for Peace and the Human Rights Film Network. The award will be presented at the Cinema for Peace Gala in Berlin on February 13th.

Jan. 18th
- The World Economic Forum in Geneva announced today that Michelle will be attending the 42nd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting held from January 25-29 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Michelle and director Luc Besson will bring The Lady to the event and participate in interactive sessions.

- Malaysia's "Sin Chew" reported that Michelle is scheduled to attend the National Chinese New Year Open House in Sitiawan, Perak, Malaysia on January 28. The national-level event will also be attended by the prime minister and several cabinet ministers. The Chinese New (Dragon) Year falls on January 23 this year.

Jan. 16th
- The Lady: new trailer and the U.S. release information.

- Michelle and director Luc Besson will attend the Hua Hin International Film Festival in Hua Hin, Thailand (January 26 to 29).

- New photos in Photos -> Photoshoots.

Jan. 12th
- The Lady will be the closing film of the 2nd Athena Film Festival in New York City, February 9-12th. (tickets)

- "Entertainment Weekly" poll: Who's your all-time favorite female film badass?   - You know whom to vote for!

- Press Association: Michelle Yeoh: I love strong women

Jan. 10th
- In The Lady: ENTV video of Luc Besson interview with behind scenes footages, an article link, a review, and release dates for Singapore and Thailand.

- The Star: Michelle Yeoh gives note of thanks to Sabah govt for shark fin ban

- Michelle is in Berlin today. Photos from the photocall for The Lady at Hotel de Rome, Berlin, Germany.

Michelle and Luc Besson during The Lady photocall

(photos from "Reuters", "News", "Cozycot" and "StarPulse")

Jan. 7th
- The Lady: release information and subtitled trailers for Portugal and The Netherlands.

- Michelle has returned to Paris. She will be in Berlin next week with Luc Besson promoting The Lady. They are expected to have many interviews ahead of the March 15 release in Germany.

- 4 new pages in Photos -> Magazines.

Jan. 5th
- Articles/interviews. For more new links see The Lady page.
  Variety: Realistic, exotic look for 'Lady'
  BBC video: Michelle Yeoh's film tribute to Suu Kyi (02:24)

- Photo at left: Michelle as Aung San Suu Kyi in The Lady.

Jan. 3rd
- Amnesty International Hong Kong announced that The Lady (Chinese title: "Aung San Suu Kyi") Charity Gala Premiere will be held on Friday, February 3rd in Hong Kong. Michelle and director Luc Besson will attend the premiere. For tickets contact   fr@amnesty.org.hk or call 2152-2061 (HKD$300, $500, $1000 first come first serve). All proceeds go to Amnesty International Hong Kong Section Human Rights Education Charitable Trust.

The general release of The Lady in Hong Kong is February 9th, distributed by Golden Scene Co.Ltd. The Taiwan release date is set to March 16th, distributed by Applause Entertainment. Image at left: Hong Kong poster of The Lady (Aung San Suu Kyi).

- The Lady was selected for Hua Hin International Film Festival in Thailand, which will take place from January 26 to 29.

- Links:
Contact Music: Yeoh Planned To Smuggle Laptop To Suu Kyi
Cover Media: Michelle Yeoh receives weekly marriage proposal

Jan. 2nd, 2012
  HAPPY 2012 everyone!

- The Lady in Burma/Myanmar! Photo at left: audience watching a greeting message from Michelle and director Luc Besson during the showing of 'The Lady' at the opening ceremony of The Art of Freedom Film Festival in Rangoon/Yangon on December 31, 2011 ("Getty" photo).   For more photos and details please see The Lady page. Also added more article/interview and reviews (left column).

- Michelle has been enjoying a WELL DESERVED (surely no one would argue with me about this!) tropical island vacation after spending the Christmas holiday in her home country. :-)

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