Tim Yip in his studio in Beijing, China. The art director, who got his start on John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow and won an Oscar for his art direction on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is focused more on art than movies nowadays. Photo: Simon Song
Tim Yip in his studio in Beijing, China. The art director, who got his start on John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow and won an Oscar for his art direction on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is focused more on art than movies nowadays. Photo: Simon Song
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Hiding Michelle Yeoh’s broken leg, the martial arts moves of Chow Yun-fat in A Better Tomorrow - Oscar-winning art director Tim Yip on his movie career and his focus on art

  • Yip, who won an Academy Award for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, recalls arriving on set to find the script incomplete, and star Michelle Yeoh breaking a leg
  • A clash with a project for Chinese director Wu Ershan meant he couldn’t work on Disney’s Mulan, and besides, his focus now is on art, with a big UK show ahead

Tim Yip in his studio in Beijing, China. The art director, who got his start on John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow and won an Oscar for his art direction on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is focused more on art than movies nowadays. Photo: Simon Song
Tim Yip in his studio in Beijing, China. The art director, who got his start on John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow and won an Oscar for his art direction on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is focused more on art than movies nowadays. Photo: Simon Song

Corrected [2:24pm, 5 Oct, 2021]

  • [2:24pm, 5 Oct, 2021]

    Part of a headline that mentioned Tim Yip's switch to art has been changed to "focus on art" to avoid giving the impression Yip has given up working on movies

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