Films: Michelle Yeoh

Last Christmas

  • 2019
  • UK
  • Directed by: Paul Feig
  • Cast: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh
  • UK release: 15 November 2019

Seasonal romantic comedy co-written by Emma Thompson.

Crazy Rich Asians

  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jon M Chu
  • Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh

When Chinese-American college professor Rachel (Wu) meets the family of boyfriend Nick (Golding), she discovers that they’re incredibly rich. A fairly stale star-crossed lovers’ story is refreshed by a cast of East Asian stars and entertaining local colour.

Morgan

  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 32min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Luke Scott
  • Cast: Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Giamatti
  • UK release: 2 September 2016

Morgan (Taylor-Joy) is a genetically engineered human who rebels against her creators, and a consultant (Mara) arrives to sort out what should be done. Touches thoughtfully on pertinent issues of the morality of scientific advancements, then blows it with a mindlessly violent third act.

Mechanic: Resurrection

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • USA / Thailand
  • 1h 39min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Dennis Gansel
  • Cast: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine
  • UK release: 26 August 2016

Five years on, Arthur Bishop (Statham) is living the quiet life in Rio when he's sucked back into the world of assassination. It's all rather silly and while Statham is fully committed, Hazeldine leaves little to the imagination and Alba is little more than a narrative device in a bikini.

Reign of Assassins

  • 3 stars
  • 2010
  • Hong Kong
  • 1h 57min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Chao-Bin Su
  • Written by: Chao-Bin Su
  • Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Woo-sung Jung, Xueqi Wang
  • UK release: 15 February 2013

In ancient China, reformed assassin Drizzle (Yeoh) is tracked down by her old boss Wheel King (Wang), who seeks to punish her for trying to go straight. Writer/director Chao-Bin provides plenty of depth and the hand of producer Woo is obvious in the splendid fight scenes, while Yeoh projects vulnerability and inner…

Kung Fu Panda 2

  • 2 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 1h 31min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
  • Written by: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Jennifer Yuh Nelson (story) (uncredited), Charlie Kaufman (uncredited)
  • Cast: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Gary Oldman, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Michelle Yeoh, Danny McBride, Dennis Haysbert, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Victor Garber

Sequel to the popular animated comedy about the martial arts master in a chubby panda body (voiced by Black).

Babylon AD

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • US / France
  • 1h 30min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Mark Strong, Charlotte Rampling, Gerard Depardieu

Post apocalyptic thriller with Diesel as Russian mercenary Toorop who is escorting a very special woman (Yeoh) to China. This woman carries inside her the possibility of a spiritual future for all mankind. Silly, derivative and clearly hacked up by the studios, this potentially interesting sci-fi is a frustrating…

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

  • 1 star
  • 2008
  • US
  • 1h 52min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rob Cohen
  • Written by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
  • Cast: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Luke Ford, Michelle Yeoh, Isabella Leong

Chunky old-fashioned explorer Rick O'Connell (Fraser) returns, and this time he's off to check out the catacombs of ancient China. This risible third installment of hearty adventure franchise is awash with bad CGI effects, infantile humour and sloppy performances. This is pure cheeseball. Unless you've had a lobotomy avoid.

Far North

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • UK / France
  • 1h 29min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Asif Kapadia
  • Written by: Asif Kapadia, Tim Miller, Sara Maitland (story)
  • Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Michelle Krusiec, Sean Bean

Adapted from short story True North by Sara Maitland, Far North delivers a slow-burning evocation of lives lived against the odds on the freezing wastelands of the inhospitable Arctic Tundra. Cursed from birth by a shaman, Savia (Yeoh) and her adoptive daughter Anja (Krusiec) nurse frozen soldier Yoki (Bean) back to…

Sunshine

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • UK
  • 1h 42min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Danny Boyle
  • Written by: Alex Garland
  • Cast: Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh, Cliff Curtis, Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, Chipo Chung, Mark Strong

A tiny crew aboard the Icarus II spaceship attempt to save the frozen Earth and its inhabitants from extinction by blowing up the sun. A retina-ravishing, mind-bending sci-fi epic, scripted by Alex Garland, with a mythic quality rarely found in parochial British cinema.

Memoirs of a Geisha

  • 2005
  • US
  • 2h 25min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rob Marshall
  • Written by: Robin Swicord
  • Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh

Screen adaptation of Arthur Golden's novel which tells the story of a Japanese child torn from her family to work at a geisha house, blossoming into the legendary geisha Sayuri (Ziyi). Marshall places the emphasis on the aesthetic rather than dramatic content, never giving us enough believable motivation as a result.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • 2000
  • China / US
  • 2h
  • 12
  • Directed by: Ang Lee
  • Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen

Jane Austen meets Bruce Lee in Ang 'Sense And Sensibility' Lee's astonishing martial arts period drama. In a fictionalised version of early 19th century China, a world of heroic warriors and deep philosophical values, Lee seamlessly interweaves the stories of two sets of lovers, and a revenge tale with a feminist twist.

Tomorrow Never Dies

  • 1997
  • UK
  • 1h 59min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher, Joe Don Baker, Judi Dench