Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Michelle Yeoh to play Aung San Suu Kyi in film role

Aung San Suu Kyi is currently the world's democracy icon. As leader of the National League for Demcoracy, NLD, she fought tirelessly for democracy in military ruled Burma (Myanmar). As a result of overwhelming support for her and the NLD, the Myanmar military junta put her under house arrest twice between 1989 to 1995 and between 2003 to November 13th, 2010. She won the Nobel peace prize in 1991.

Suu Kyi release came a week after Burma's first election in 20 years in which neither she nor her party could participate. The military junta has kept her locked away for 15 of the past 21 years.

Michelle Yeoh is Malaysia's own and very first James Bond girl. In 1997, she starred alongside Pierce Brosnan in the Bond film "Tomorrow never dies". In 2000, she starred in the classic Ang Lee's movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". The movie won 40 awards including Best Foreign Film in the annual Academy Awards in 2001. Michelle was Miss Malaysia in 1983. She is from Ipoh, Perak - a town well known as the city of pretty girls of Malaysia.

This week, Michelle Yeoh had been spending time with Aung San Suu Kyi to research a possible film role as the Nobel Peace laureate.

Yeoh chatted with Ms Suu Kyi in an airport waiting lounge on Tuesday 7th December 2010 as the pro-democracy leader bid farewell to her youngest son, Kim Aris, 33, who lives in England.

Kim Aris was finally allowed to visit his mother in Burma for the first time in a decade after her recent release from house arrest since 2003.

Suu Kyi was first arrested in 1989 when Kim Aris was 11 and his older brother, Alexander, was 16.

Meanwhile, Michelle, the former Bond girl had spent the day with Ms Suu Kyi on Monday, 6th December 2010 as part of research for an apparent forthcoming film about the democracy icon, said Ms Suu Kyi's lawyer Nyan Win.

It was reported that the film will be directed by Frenh director Luc Besson and will be filmed around Bangkok, Thailand including areas around Muang Thong Thani and Khlong Song in Pathum Thani.

Below are scenes of Michelle Yeoh 2 great movies. As James Bond Girl in "Tomorrow Never Dies" and as Yung Shu Lien, a female warrior in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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