The 5 best action movies by Michelle Yeoh to watch after Everything Everywhere

Michelle Yeoh takes a moment and we are all better for it. Yeoh is the protagonist of the new “masterpiece of multiverse” All Everywhere Simultaneouslyand recently brought the gift of a movie star and major action film in good faith to a rich new role Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Crazy rich Asiansand Star Trek: Discovery. Next: Avatar by James Cameron and Blood origin, a Netflix Witcher prequel series. It’s a wonderful time to be a fan of one of the most captivating movie stars in the world.

Before Everything Everywherebefore her other recent successes, even before Crouching Tiger Hidden, Dragon and Tomorrow never dies, Yeoh was one of the best action stars in the world. He starred in some classic action movies from arguably the best era in the genre history: 1980-1990 Hong Kong.

After representing Malaysia in the Miss World pageant in 1983, Yeoh first caught the attention of the Hong Kong film industry when she was in a Guy Laroche commercial with Jackie Chan. She went on to star in about a dozen action movies in Hong Kong as Michelle Khan, performing many of her own acrobatics and generally kicking ass, using her skills as a former ballet dancer to become one of the best movie screens in the world. fighters.

With All Everywhere Simultaneously With a bigger release in theaters this weekend, what better time to revisit some of the first classic works of one of our great screen appearances?

Yes Madam

What is: Yeoh’s first opportunity to star in a movie is also one of the standout films of the 1980s. guns “in Hong Kong action movie. Yeoh plays a Hong Kong inspector working with Rothrock, a Scotland Yard detective, to track down a murder and retrieve a stolen microfilm.

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Why you should watch: Yeoh and Rothrock are two of the best martial arts stars we have ever had, and while it is a pity they failed to make, for example, twelve more films together, it is a gift we have. The film is also directed by Corey Yuen, who as a child was one of the “Seven Little Fortunes” at the Beijing Opera School with Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, and later gained fame for his many collaborations with Jet Li and worked him as an action director in X Men.

Where you can watch: Yes Madam is available for rent or purchase digitally on Amazon

Wonderful Warriors

What is: An Indiana Jones-type adventure through the explosion of martial arts films in Hong Kong in the 1980s, Yeoh plays an ace pilot who works with a swindler (Richard Ng) to thwart the Japanese occupation of China in the 1930s.

Why you should watch: Did you read the description? It’s Michelle Yeoh as the Indiana Jones in 1930s China.

Where you can watch: Wonderful Warriors is available for free ad tracking in Crackle and Asian Crush (both are English compilers) and is available for rent or purchase digitally on Amazon

Officer

What is: Jackie Chan’s third film in the Police Story series features Yeoh’s Inspector Yang, who ended up taking over the franchise at Supercop 2. When Chan’s selfish “super cop” is assigned to a difficult secret affair, he collaborates with the foolish Yang to save the day.

Why you should watch: Once you have overcome a complicated setting, Officer he really clicks, leaning on the chemistry of his stars and the audacity of his set-ups. Yeoh is excellent as the strict inspector confronts Chan’s stupid officer, giving the protagonist couple a dynamic similar to that of many screwball comedies. There are also stellar battle scenes and stunts exuding a Chan movie from this era, including the scene near the end where Yeoh jumps a motorcycle from a small hill and lands on top of a moving train (there is a rear scenes show this and other acrobatics in the end titles). In battle scenes, her kicks stand out, specifically the scorpion kicks from above her in multiple battle sequences. He talked about this movie and others in a recent interview with GQ, saying “I will never be crazy enough to do these stunts again.”

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Where you can watch: Officer is available for rent or purchase digitally on Apple, Amazon and other VOD platforms. A Spanish dub is available for free watching with Pluto TV commercials. Unfortunately, Supercop 2 is not available for streaming, rental, or digital purchase right now, but there are many clips on YouTube.

The Heroic Trio

Anita Mui, Michelle Yeoh and Maggie Cheung in The Heroic Trio.

Image: China Entertainment Films / Paka Hill Productions

What is: Legendary director Johnnie To’s completely puzzled in 1993, starring Yeoh, Maggie Cheung and Cantopop superstar Anita Mui. An ultra-evil named Evil Master steals babies, in an awful plot to manually choose the next emperor and use the rest to build an army of reckless super soldiers. Its plot is played by the Invisible Woman (Yeoh), a brainwashed woman in a mantle of invisibility who grew up as part of the cult of the Evil Master. But when two women, including the “war sister” from the Invisible Woman’s childhood, try to stop the plot, the Invisible Woman must decide where her beliefs lie.

Why you should watch: The Heroic Trio excels for the unparalleled power of its three protagonists, as well as for the fun it is willing to have with the kind of superheroes. The film is full of life and color, and is delusionally exaggerated, with amazing costumes and sets suitable for the genre. A case in point: Maggie Cheung is The Thief Catcher, an overpaid employee who whistles “London Bridge is Falling Down” while delivering justice. In one scene, a leather-bound shotgun, Cheung drives a dynamite barrel hostage, easily sending the criminals off before leaving on his motorcycle. And another example, to taste: Anthony Wong plays Kau, the Evil Master super soldier who uses a flying guillotine – basically a bird cage attached to a steel rope with blades at the bottom – to behead people. A word of warning before you dive in: this movie is full of babies in danger.

Where you can watch: The Heroic Trio is available for rent or purchase digitally at Alamo on Demand, but promise Janus Films Restoration hopefully that means more availability in the future. Follow, Executionersis also available at Alamo on Demand.

Wing Chun

What is: A perfect marriage of martial arts and rom com, Wing Chun is a story about three women who use their bodies in very different ways to survive and thrive in a male-dominated world. (One with her fighting skills, one with her sex and one with her stench. Yes, really). When a young widow arrives, the strong city defender Yim Wing Chun (Michelle Yeoh, who plays the legendary martial arts figure) and her aunt (Kingdom Yuen) take her as the youngest clerk at their tofu booth. . When Wing-Chun’s childhood sweetheart, Leung Pok To (Donnie Yen), appears, he confuses the young widow with his old flame and Wing Chun (wearing men’s clothes) with her fiancĂ©. When the young widow is abducted, the two come together to save her.

Why you should watch: Yeoh plays the archetype of the “defender of the small town” and does it to perfection. It is one of her best roles and a showcase for all the things she excels at on screen, combining her natural charm and charisma with her ability to compete on screen. This film contains more of the latter than most, and is all choreographed and shot by one of the best who has ever done it (the iconic martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping, who directed the film). For these reasons and many others, Wing Chun rules. A FYI, though: There is a short awkward sex scene in the middle of the movie (does not include Yeoh or Yen).

Where you can watch: Wing Chun is available for rent or purchase on Amazon (English compilation).

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