Yeoh, Woo team up after 20 years
It took actress Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng two decades to team up on a movie project with the person who helped kick-start her Hollywood career - director John Woo Yu-sum.
'We've known each other for ages. When I first went to the US, it was Woo and producer Terence Chang Chia-chen who brought me over,' she said. 'From then on, they've helped me deal with jobs in the US. I have to thank them for introducing me to so many friends and seeking opportunities for me.'
Yeoh (below, with Woo) finally got the chance to collaborate with Woo on the new wuxia film, Reign of Assassins. Produced by Woo and directed by Su Chao-pin, it is the story of an assassin (Yeoh) on a mission to return the remains of a monk to his final resting place.
Yeoh said she was fond of the wuxia genre, which combine Chinese fantasy and martial arts.
During filming, she was amused at the way Woo cared for his daughter, who was in the movie.
'One of the funniest things was Woo was nervous when his daughter was on the set. I saw a father wandering here and there, checking whether the wire was well set and safe, telling the technicians to be careful. I said, 'Director, would you please keep quiet?''