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Michelle Yeoh goes back to gongfu
by Victoria Barker

MALAYSIAN actress Michelle Yeoh is returning to the martial arts genre in her latest role.

In Jianyu Jianghu, loosely translated as Rain Of Swords In The Martial Arts World, she will play an assassin.

Co-directed by acclaimed Chinese director John Woo (Face/Off) and Taiwanese film-maker Su Chao-pin (Silk), filming for the movie will start in China next week.

Datuk Michelle Yeoh took time off from shooting a film in the United States to come home for her father’s 85th birthday celebration.

Yeoh also accompanied her father to the Malaysian Businessman Sports and Recrea-tion Club dinner in Tangkak, Johor on Sunday.

Many guests queued to take pictures with her and also asked the friendly and down-to-earth Ipoh-born actress for her autograph. -The Star/ANN

It will be her first made in Asia movie since Jet Li’s Fearless (2006), which saw her scenes dropped from the movie’s theatrical release.

The movie is a co-production between a Beijing production house, Media Asia of Hong Kong and two publicly traded Taiwan media companies.

Yeoh, 47, chatted about her new role with Singapore media yesterday, telling my paper: “The key message of the story is that we’re all living a second life... We’re always trying to be something that we’re not. The past catches up in the end and tails you no matter where you go. But it’s also a story about love.”

The former Bond girl was in town to speak at an Anlene press event held in conjunction with World Osteoporosis Day. She was last in Singapore during the Singapore Grand Prix last month.

Although Yeoh revealed that her love interest in the film will be Korean actor Jung Woo Sung, her real- life relationships were off-limits to the press, who were given strict instructions not to ask questions about her private life.

Ipoh-born Yeoh, who started out acting in martial-arts movies like The Heroic Trio (1993) in Hong Kong, is engaged to former Ferrari chief executive Jean Todt, 63.

Since making it big in Hollywood, after starring in 1997’s James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, she has appeared in movies like Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005) and The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor (2008).

In 1997, she was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People In The World, a title she said she was “chuffed” about.

She added: “I was the only Asian actress (on the list). I feel like I am representing Asian women from this part of the world and would love for Asian women to embrace the elegance and grace which we possess.”

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