International audiences may best know MICHELLE YEOH as the intense swordswoman in
Ang Lee's gripping CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON and the charming secret agent in
the James Bond hit TOMORROW NEVER DIES, but the Malaysian-born actress has been
knocking audiences out in Asia for more than two decades. Her recent credits include starring in
Rob Marshall's adaptation of Arthur Golden's international bestseller, MEMOIRS OF A
GEISHA produced by Steven Spielberg, and opposite Sean Bean in Asif Kapadia's forthcoming
TRUE NORTH. Yeoh just finished shooting BABYLON AD AD for Fox and Studio Canal,
where she stars opposite Vin Diesel, for acclaimed French director Mathieu Kassovitz.
Since she stepped into the Hong Kong film world in 1984, Yeoh has starred in 22 films,
becoming Asia's highest paid actress and the world's top action queen. In her movies, she has
always challenged the traditional views of Asian women by creating very strong female roles. But
Yeoh isn't all about action. Her performance in the period epic CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN
DRAGON earned her three nominations for best actress — at the Taipei Golden Horse Awards,
the Hong Kong Film Awards and the BAFTA Awards in 2001. She was also named Cineasia's
Award of Excellence in Acting for Outstanding Performance as an Actor in 1999 and the
International Star of the Year at the 2001 Showest exhibitor's convention.
In 2000, Yeoh added another feather to her cap by establishing her own production
company, Mythical Films, with the aim of nurturing creative talents and producing high-quality
Chinese films. She produced and starred in THE TOUCH, a $20 million contemporary romantic
action adventure set in China, which was released in the summer of 2002. In the same year, she
was named Producer of the Year by Cineasia. In 2003, she produced and starred in SILVER
HAWK, a $15 million futuristic action adventure shot in China and Japan.
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