Just Michelle Yeoh kicking some ass
December 19, 2019 9:15 PM   Subscribe

 
She is the very best. And somehow apparently I missed Silver Hawk which clearly needs to be rectified.
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:26 PM on December 19, 2019 [3 favorites]


I wonder if there's a name in the business for "kicking sound", which is very similar to "punching sound". Both seem to be closely related to "whip sound".
posted by ashbury at 9:40 PM on December 19, 2019


So much momentum! So unconserved!
posted by mr_roboto at 9:47 PM on December 19, 2019 [3 favorites]


For kicking sound, the snap kick:
Sawisch-sha!

Dragon pants have more swoosh.
posted by clavdivs at 12:25 AM on December 20, 2019


In the Heroine Complex book series, the asian superheroines of the first two books spend a lot of time talking about how they were inspired by the movie The Heroic Trio and speculating about which one of them gets to be Michelle Yeoh.

I can see why.
posted by one for the books at 12:57 AM on December 20, 2019 [6 favorites]


It doesn't seem very realistic.
posted by Meatbomb at 2:13 AM on December 20, 2019 [3 favorites]


I came for Silver Hawk, which is one of the goofy-funnest movies of all time.
posted by Shepherd at 3:47 AM on December 20, 2019 [1 favorite]


>Yeoh plays the title character, a masked comic book style heroine who rides a motorcycle, saves kidnapped pandas

...she does what now? Wow, I can watch this for free on Amazon for some weird reason. Suddenly I have plans.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 4:15 AM on December 20, 2019 [1 favorite]


This is the most satisfying thing.
posted by minsies at 4:47 AM on December 20, 2019 [1 favorite]


Despite having seen pretty much all of these movies, I'd forgotten that she spent a lot of the early part of her career with fairly short hair, so for a minute I was like, "Hey, wait, where's Yeoh?"

And the fact that she's still pretty much capable of doing all of this at *checks Wikipedia* 57, is just, like, "Oh, come on, why you gotta make me feel old like that?"

She is absolutely the best.
posted by soundguy99 at 5:54 AM on December 20, 2019 [5 favorites]


I wonder if watching a supercut like this increases ADHD symptoms.
posted by spbmp at 7:16 AM on December 20, 2019 [1 favorite]


She's the best.

I remember taking my old man to the movies, and he got to pick between Crunchy Tiger Chewy Dragon, and Chocolat.

It's crushing to see a parent make a decision that is so obviously wrong. No amount of convincing would get him to change his mind.
posted by Capt. Renault at 7:32 AM on December 20, 2019 [1 favorite]


We were watching ST:Discovery one time and I was like, "Wow, this is a really well-choreographed fight scene for Star Trek!" and then I smacked my forehead and said, "That's Michelle Yeoh, dummy!"
posted by BrashTech at 7:34 AM on December 20, 2019 [4 favorites]


My favorite of her fight scenes is the mahjong game in Crazy Rich Asians. I mean, she certainly kicks ass at the wedding reception but she's much more subtle in the mahjong game, even if she loses.
posted by Nelson at 7:41 AM on December 20, 2019 [3 favorites]


I'm just coming in here to say how much I wuv her. That GQ article was everything.
posted by loriginedumonde at 7:52 AM on December 20, 2019 [2 favorites]


CBS should just reproduce this supercut in the DISCO world and they would have the best Short Treks episode to date. They could even set the whole thing back in the Mirror Universe.
posted by blakewest at 8:00 AM on December 20, 2019 [1 favorite]


Come on, her best stunt ever was the riding the motorcycle onto the train in Supercop. Apparently she had never ridden a motorcycle before that stunt, and she also did multiple takes even though her knees were banged up.
posted by toastyk at 8:54 AM on December 20, 2019 [1 favorite]


I was startled to learn, some years back, that she had been training for the ballet. A spinal injury derailed her ballet aspirations. It doesn't seem to have affected her martial arts and incredible stuntwoman career at all.

This is my favorite photo of her:

https://www.lipstiq.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/MichelleYeoh-1.jpeg
posted by MissySedai at 9:22 AM on December 20, 2019


> CBS should just reproduce this supercut in the DISCO world and they would have the best Short Treks episode to date. They could even set the whole thing back in the Mirror Universe.

I would love to be able to make a future FPP based on such a supercut! "Just a supercut of space rogue Philippa kicking some ass"
posted by rather be jorting at 10:36 AM on December 20, 2019 [2 favorites]


This made my morning! Heroic Trio is one of my favourite guilty pleasure movies. What a cast: Michelle, Maggie Cheung, and the late Anita Mui. And when Michelle Yeoh got cast in Discovery, there was much shrieking with joy. love love love her.
posted by lemon_icing at 10:57 AM on December 20, 2019 [3 favorites]


I love Michelle Yeoh. My favorite Michelle Yeoh fact is that for Crunching Tiger hHodden Dragon she had to learn her lines phonetically. Yeah, I’m just not that badass.

I think she’s also an immense actor. She had a role in Marco Polo (?) someNetflix thing and she was fantastic, as always.
posted by From Bklyn at 10:58 AM on December 20, 2019


😂going to assume it's a quirk of modern phone AI autocorrect that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon keeps getting converted to a crunchier title more than once in the thread already

(I kid, I kid, and that's so badass about learning her lines phonetically for CTHD - I should give it a rewatch, it's been years!)
posted by rather be jorting at 11:02 AM on December 20, 2019


But seriously, I'm delighted to see other people's delight in this thread, and definitely need to watch Silver Hawk (that costume! those kidnapped pandas in need of rescuing!) & Heroic Trio as soon as possible!

For here I am, giddy over later-in-life Yeoh tv/film credits, including her very good high-kick to a certain someone's head from the Discovery s1 finale & the psychological complex-matriarch kicks of Crazy Rich Asians, but there's so much of her earlier work out there to enjoy as well.

Glad to share the love <3
posted by rather be jorting at 11:10 AM on December 20, 2019 [1 favorite]


This made me wonder: has anyone ever made a supercut of Martial Arts Punches/Kicks That Actually Made Contact by Mistake?
posted by gottabefunky at 11:22 AM on December 20, 2019


Now doing a dive into “gotta find more Michelle Yeoh films” when I bumped into Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny — youtube link. (sorry, not awake enough to figure out how to tag on an ipad). Michelle Yeoh with Donnie Yen directed by the inimitable Yuen Woo-Ping! Oh I hope it’s good. On list for holiday viewing. I have Amazon Prime, but sadly, Silver Hawk isn’t available there.
posted by lemon_icing at 11:38 AM on December 20, 2019 [1 favorite]


giddy over later-in-life Yeoh tv/film credits
Overheard in the theater, from someone somehow unfamiliar with her before 2019: "Oh shit! Asian Karen be throwin' hands, yo! Mad skills."
posted by bartleby at 11:39 AM on December 20, 2019


I was so happy that she was cast in Discovery, but her role as Captain Georgiou was kind of a cipher (the writing was pretty thin). Her Discovery role as Empress Georgiou in the mirror universe was a bit more interesting, but still more outfit than acting. Now I hear they want to do a Section 31 (Star Trek's MI-5/6) show around her? Have they forgotten how casually murderous and psychotic this character is? And she's so comfortable with that aspect of herself that I don't see how any Xena-style redemption story can be credible. Who in their right mind would want to be part of her crew? Maybe they can just leave her as an ultra-bad trouble maker and have the Section-31 agent be part of her crew whose job is to keep an eye on her, but at the cost of doing bad stuff (hence, drama).
posted by jabah at 7:58 PM on December 20, 2019 [1 favorite]


Eh, I'm not one for getting into Trek character analysis on MeFi given previous issues people have had over on Fanfare and the like, but I personally love how Georgiou's character is now a chaotic space rogue who doesn't resemble the model minority stereotype I've had to live up to and against for most of my life, so I'm none too fussed about whether it's "credible" for her to go through a redemption story. Besides, why must she be compared to Xena? Why can't she just exist as her own character? :) And do I need to link you to Memory Alpha's many wiki pages of buckwild episode plots?

Anyway this FPP (well, the origins of this thread) is about Michelle Yeoh kicking ass throughout her illustrious career. If anything, a rumored new spinoff focusing on her character can only provide even more opportunities for her to add additional moments of badass action to her resume, so I'm cool with that. LLAP!
posted by rather be jorting at 9:05 PM on December 20, 2019 [4 favorites]


> I have Amazon Prime, but sadly, Silver Hawk isn’t available there.

Upsetting! It's available on U.S. Amazon Prime at the moment, so I think this is another instance of dastardly location-based streaming restrictions.

The tagline on the poster used for the thumbnail is terrific, btw: The law has limits. She doesn't.
posted by rather be jorting at 10:14 PM on December 20, 2019


I watched Silver Hawk on the recommendation of everyone here last night, and it is AMAZING.

Bee tee dubs, though, it doesn't show up as a movie "included with Prime" in the US. If you click through, though, it's free with ads. (I didn't see any ads; ymmv.)
posted by minsies at 5:26 AM on December 21, 2019


THANK YOU FOR POSTING, i am her newest fan
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