Michelle Yeoh


Michelle Yeoh, PSM (born Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng; August 6, 1962) is a Malaysian actress. Born in Ipoh, Perak, she won the Miss Malaysia pageant of 1983 at the age of 20. She later achieved fame in the early 1990s after starring in a series of Hong Kong action films (often credited as Michelle Khan) in which she performed her own stunts, such as Corey Yuen’s Yes, Madam (1985), with John Shum, Mang Hoi, Cynthia Rothrock, and Tusi Hark; Stanley Tong’s Police Story 3: Supercop (1992), with Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Ken Tsang, and Yuen Wah; and Holy Weapon (1993), with Carol Cheng, Maggie Cheung, Simon Yam, Sharla Cheung, Dicky Cheung, Ng Man-tat, Sandra Ng, Damian Lau, Esther Kwan, and Charline Chan. She gained further international attention appearing in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), with Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Teri Hatcher, Ricky Jay, Joe Don Baker, and Judi Dench.

Films 2000s include Ang Lee’s Academy Award-winning martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), with Chow Yun-fat, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Sihung Lung, and Cheng Pei-pei; The Touch (2002), with Ben Chaplin and Richard Roxburgh; Rob Marshall’s Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), with Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Gong Li, Youki Kudoh, Suzuka Ohgo, and Samantha Futerman; Danny Boyle’s Sunshine (2007), with Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, and Chipo Chung; Far North (2007), with Michelle Krusiec and Sean Bean; The Children of Huang Shi (2008), with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Chow, and Radha Mitchell; Babylon A.D. (2008), with Vin Diesel, Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Mark Strong, Jérôme Le Banner, Charlotte Rampling, and Gérard Depardieu; and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), with Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Luke Ford, and Anthony Wong.

Films in the 2010s include Su Chao-pin & John Woo’s Reign of Assassins (2010), with Jung Woo-sung, Wang Xueqi, Barbie Shu, Shawn Yue, Kelly Lin, Guo Xiaodong, and Jiang Yiyan; Luc Besson’s The Lady (2011), with David Thewlis; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016), with Donnie Yen, Harry Shum Jr., Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Jason Scott Lee and Eugenia Yuan; Mechanic: Resurrection (2016), with Jason Statham, Tommy Lee Jones, and Jessica Alba; Morgan (2016), with Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Giamatti; John M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians (2018), with Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, and Ken Jeong; Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy (2018), with Max Zhang, Dave Bautista, Liu Yan, Xing Yu, and Tony Jaa; and Paul Fieg’s Last Christmas (2019), with Emilia Clarke, Golding, and Emma Thompson.

Films in the 2020s include Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level (2021), with Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, and Naomi Watts; Gunpowder Milkshake (2021), with Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Chloe Coleman, Angela Bassett, and Giamatti; Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings (2021), with Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Ben Kingsley, and Tony Leung; Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022), with Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., James Hong, and Jamie Lee Curtis – winning numerous awards including the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Yeoh has also done voice work in the animated films Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), with Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Hong, Chan, Gary Oldman, Danny McBride, Dennis Haysbert, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Victor Garber; Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022), with Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, RZA, Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, and Alan Arkin.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • The Owl vs Bombo (1984) – directed by Sammo Hung
  • Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars (1985) – directed by Sammo Hung – cameo
  • Yes, Madame (1985) – directed by Corey Yuen
  • Royal Warriors (1986) – directed by David Chung
  • Easy Money (1987) – directed by Stephen Shin
  • Police Story 3: Supercop (1992) – directed by Stanley Tong
  • Butterfly and Sword (1993) – directed by Michael Mak
  • The Heroic Trio (1993) – directed by Johnnie To
  • Holy Weapon (1993) – directed by Wong Jing
  • Heroic Trio 2: Executioners (1993) – directed by Johnny To & Ching Siu-tung
  • Supercop 2 (1993) – directed by Stanley Tong
  • Tai Chi Master (1993) – directed by Yuen Woo-ping
  • Wing Chun (1994) – directed by Yuen Woo-ping
  • Wonder Seven (1994) – directed by Siu-Tung Ching
  • Shaolin Popey 2: Messy Temple (1994) – directed by Yen-Ping Chu
  • The Stunt Woman (1996) – directed by Ann Hui
  • The Soong Sisters (1997) – directed by Mabel Cheung
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)* – directed by Roger Spottiswoode
  • Moonlight Express (1999) – directed by Daniel Lee
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)* – directed by Ang Lee
  • The Touch (2002) – directed by Peter Pau
  • Silver Hawk (2004) – directed by Jingle Ma – also producer
  • Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) – directed by Rob Marshall
  • Fearless (2006) – directed by Ronny Yu – appears only in director’s cut
  • Sunshine (2007) – directed by Danny Boyle
  • Far North (2007) – directed by Asif Kapadia
  • The Children of Huang Shi (2008) – directed by Roger Spottiswoode
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) – directed by Rob Cohen
  • Babylon A.D. (2008) – directed by Mathieu Kassovitz
  • True Legend (2010) – directed by Yuen Woo-ping
  • Reign of Assassins (2010) – directed by Su Chao-pin & John Woo
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)* – directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson
  • The Lady (2011) – directed by Luc Besson
  • Final Recipe (2013) – directed by Gina Kim
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016) – directed by Yuen Woo-ping
  • Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) – directed by Dennis Gansel
  • Morgan (2016) – directed by Luke Scott
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)* – directed by James Gunn – cameo
  • Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – directed by Jon M. Chu
  • Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2018) – directed by Yuen Woo-ping
  • Last Christmas (2019) – directed by Paul Feig
  • Boss Level (2021) – directed by Joe Carnahan
  • Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) – directed by Navot Papushado
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)* – directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)* – directed by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)* – directed by Kyle Balda, co-directed Brad Ableson & Jonathan del Val
  • Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank (2022) – directed by Rob Minkoff & Mark Koetsier
  • Avatar 2 (2022) – directed by James Cameron
  • The School for Good and Evil (2022) – directed by Paul Feig
  • Avatar 3 (2024) – directed by James Cameron