Michelle Yeoh in a still from Yes, Madam! (1985). Despite having no formal martial arts training, Yeoh went on to be one of the world’s top female action stars.
Michelle Yeoh in a still from Yes, Madam! (1985). Despite having no formal martial arts training, Yeoh went on to be one of the world’s top female action stars.

How Michelle Yeoh went from ballet dancer to martial arts star – and the three 1980s Hong Kong action movies that made her name

  • Despite having no martial arts training, Yeoh’s background in ballet dancing gave her the bodily control and flexibility to allow her to play tough action roles
  • She gives some of her most impressive performances in three 1980s films – Royal Warriors (aka Police Assassins), Yes, Madam! and Magnificent Warriors

Michelle Yeoh in a still from Yes, Madam! (1985). Despite having no formal martial arts training, Yeoh went on to be one of the world’s top female action stars.
Michelle Yeoh in a still from Yes, Madam! (1985). Despite having no formal martial arts training, Yeoh went on to be one of the world’s top female action stars.
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