The success of CRAZY RICH ASIANS at the box office is quite gratifying, because it proves that once every two decades, Americans can make a movie starring Asian people and the world will not end. Interestingly, in Asia they have a huge movie industry that makes movies starring Asians all the time, so it’s nice that we caught on.
Also Michelle Yeoh’s turn as a fierce, overbearing mother has inspired a new round of Michelle Yeoh profiles which show once again that she is the Greatest. Supercop. Wing Chun. Herioc Trio. I mean where WERE you guys when she was literally kicking all kinds of ass in the HK movies of the 90s, a headlining action star long before Gal Gadot, sorry. It’s demonstrably true that she is the only good thing appear in Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond tenure. Plus she drove a motorcycle onto a moving train. No stunt people. No cuts. CGI barely existed.
Oh yeah, then there’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Chow Yun Fat is great but he can’t do martial arts (it was supposed to be Jet Li and I still cry about that) so Michelle had to totally carry him.
Actually the traditional “blooper reel” from the end of Supercop shows Yeoh’s fortitude even more with the OUTTAKES of the train scene where she FALLS OFF a motorcycle on a moving train. She also falls out of a moving car. Of maybe it’s not as scary as when Jackie Chan gets hit by a helicopter and PAs have to cut his unconscious, bloody, limp body off of the rig. Did Henry Cavill or Tom Cruise have that happen to them while making Mission Impossible Fallout? I don’t think so, meaning it is great but NOT the greatest action movie of all times.
Anyway, Michelle Yeoh is one of the most amazing, beautiful, powerful, movie stars of all times. It’s nice that she had a 30 second cameo in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and a brief appearance in Star Trek Discovery but we need MORE MICHELLE YEOH. More movies with Asian people!
(Apologies for the Miramax logo there.)
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.