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Whoever doesn’t like Yeoh should be fed a crouching tiger.

Martial artist, athlete, ballet dancer, pianist, beauty queen (Miss Malaysia 1983) and hardcore action star all rolled into one: Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh is the GOAT

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There are only a few Asian-American artists in Hollywood and even fewer Asian-American A-listers. For years, Asian characters in Hollywood movies have been reduced to either the genius, the bespectacled sidekick, the nerd, or the naturally gifted white guy / girl martial arts sidekick. Only now is a major studio going to release a superhero movie that Asians can call their own. And at the helm of this film are several gifted Asian superstars like Tony Leung, Fala Chen and the dreaded Michelle Yeoh.

One can imagine the enormous talent and courage that Yeoh possesses which allowed him to swing, somersaults, punches and kicks through the forbidden jungle of Hollywood and planting his flag at the top. from various studios.

After a crackling performance in Star Trek: Discovery, Michelle Yeoh is back with Milkshakes with powder to feast us on her kicks, punches, and emotional portrayal of strong women.

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She plays the role of Florence, a “librarian” (a murderer in fact) who is responsible for maintaining order in a library full of books that contain guns. Her co-librarians are played by equally wonderful Carla Gugino and Angela Basett, while Lena Headey and Karen Gillan later join in the fun.

But first, let’s not forget that Michelle Yeoh has carved out the sub-genre of “girls with guns” in Hong Kong cinema on her own.

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She made her debut in the Hong Kong film industry where she often played against stars like Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Jet Li. She had a supporting role in her first film, The owl vs. Bumbo where one of his co-stars was Sammo Hung. Yeoh was noticed and received first place in her third film, the crime drama Yes Madam (1985), which was produced by Sammo Hung.

She gained international fame in 1997 when she starred alongside Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow never dies and became the first Asian Bond Girl.

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She was probably the strongest Bond girl who was even able to kick her ass. As the most physically gifted Bond girl, she was Bond’s equal partner in her exploits, rather than a beautiful and shy centerpiece whose purpose was to warm Bond’s bed. Who can forget his handcuffed motorcycle ride with Brosnan? To this day, she remains the only Asian Bond Girl.

Another celebrity was waiting for her when she performed alongside Chow Yun Fat in Ang Lee’s magnum opus, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.

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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was the masterpiece of probably everyone involved in the film. This 2000 wuxia film had the same impact at award ceremonies as Parasite had. Yeoh has been nominated for many prestigious awards, including a BAFTA for Best Actress in the Leading Role. Yeoh’s position as the undisputed queen of martial arts in international cinema was firmly established.

Yeoh followed him with Touch, Sunshine (directed by Danny Boyle), True legend, and Memoirs of a geisha.

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Yeoh expanded his repertoire and found success in dramatic roles that relied more on dialogue and facial expressions than on the speed and power of his fist. Memoirs of a geisha was one of those movies. It was produced by Steven Spielberg and reunited Yeoh with her Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon co-starring Zhang Ziyi. The film also won three Oscars.

Hollywood fell in love with her again when she was cast as a formidable matriarch in Crazy Rich Asians.

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She played Eleanor, the matriarch of the famous Young family from Singapore. She uses her fighting skills against her son’s American girlfriend, except that she tries to chase her away not with flying kicks or tai chi moves, but patronizingly.

Soon we will see her in The witcher prequel, Shang Chi and the legend of the ten rings, and the Avatar after.

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But Shang Chi and the legend of the ten rings would make Yeoh an important face for MCU fans, his MCU debut took place much earlier in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 where she played the role of Aleta Ogord (pictured above), a Ravager captain.

But now in Milkshakes with powder, Yeoh is back in her martial arts zone, where she has always excelled.

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His character in Milkshakes with powder is a fearsome assassin (probably a lesbian too) who likes to mow down baddies with automatic weapons and then fracture his spine with a chain.

Even at 58, Yeoh does her own stunts as she always does in her films. If there’s one actress who is naturally suited to play Black Widow, it’s Yeoh.

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Imagine if Yeoh was 25 years younger and played as Natasha Romanoff, what a badass she would have been on screen. Can you imagine Thanos fighting with Yu Shu Lien armed with Green Destiny?

Here are some of the fan reactions to Yeoh’s latest performance that we saw on Twitter:


Twitter: @nancywyuen

If they had given her “Green Fate”, she would have ended the fight on her own.


Twitter: @Yeoh_ShuLien

Yeoh doesn’t have as much screen time as Lena Headey and Karen Gillan, but she gets noticed every time she’s on screen.

I don’t think we talk enough about the gorgeous michelle yeoh in this #GunpowderMilkshake movie


Twitter: @crazycrains

Imagine Yeoh saying this in accented English, “I’m drinking your milkshake”. It wouldn’t sound as intimidating as Daniel Day Lewis but it would have the same scary effect.


Twitter: @angryasianman

What is your favorite Michelle Yeoh role? Let us know in the comments.

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