Two great Hong Kong movie exports pencilled in for collaboration on Chinese-language film

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 June, 2009, 12:00am

John Woo and Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng might be two of Hong Kong's most famous and celebrated exports on the international movie scene, but curiously they've never worked together before. That's about to change. Yeoh hinted that she was about to team up with Woo for a new kung fu action movie. Speaking at the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival, which wrapped up last weekend, Yeoh mentioned at a press conference that she would join the action director for a Chinese-language movie tentatively titled The Sword and the Martial Arts World, with shooting to begin in September on the mainland. So much for the rumour that the former Bond girl is trying to move away from fighting and action.

'I have felt physically stronger the past few years. I don't let age limit me,' Yeoh said. According to reports, she suggested she still felt fit enough to handle kung fu, but with her recent projects, she chose them because she enjoyed the stories - not because they were less physically taxing, non-martial-arts projects. Would that include the dud The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor? Anyway, the coming movie isn't completely a Woo film. Yeoh mentioned it would be co-directed by Su Chao-pin, who made the horror movie Silk. Still, she'll probably still have to shoot a gun while white doves fly around in slow motion.