Michelle Yeoh honoured at Asian Film Awards

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 March, 2013, 4:19pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 March, 2013, 12:09am

Michelle Yeoh is happy to be honoured with the “Excellence in Asian Cinema Award” but says she hopes there’s no hidden message.

She asked, “I hope it’s not their way of telling me that I need to retire?”

The star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and last year’s Aung San Suu Kyi biopic The Lady is being honoured at the Asian Film Awards on Monday night.

I hope it’s not their way of telling me that I need to retire?

Speaking to reporters a day earlier, Yeoh said she’s happy to receive the award where her career started, in Hong Kong.

And while she acknowledged she’s long heard rumours of a Crouching Tiger sequel, she says she’s yet to see a script or other plans on the project. The 2000 original was directed by Ang Lee and won four Academy Awards.

The recent reports have attached kung fu star Donnie Yen to the unconfirmed sequel, and Yeoh said she’s a fan and would welcome the opportunity to work with him if a project is developed.

The Hong Kong film festival’s opener on Sunday was Ip Man: the Final Fight, the latest film about martial arts master Ip Man. Lead actor Anthony Wong and actress Zhou Chou Chou were among stars walking the red carpet.

Veteran Hong Kong directors Johnnie To and Ronny Yu are also premiering works at the festival, which features Infernal Affairs director Andrew Lau.

The festival closes in April with the Iranian film Closed Curtain, which is fresh off a win for best script at the Berlin Film Festival.