Michelle Yeoh Web Theatre
News July - December, 2005

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Dec. 20th 2005
[NOTICE] There will be no more update before Jan. 3, 2006 to this site. I'm going for a vacation. Here I would like to give my sincere thanks to everyone for your constant support for all these years. I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a great year in 2006!

- Sunshine: several movie sites listed the release date of the film as October 13, 2006.

Dec. 19th
- Fearless will open at Januray 25th in mainland China as one of the Chinese New Year films.

- Memoirs of a Geisha updates.

Dec. 18 th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: A&E will have a special of the film Monday night.

- Sunshine: Hiroyuki Sanada talks about working with Michelle on the film.

- Article:   Lithe spirit,   Telegraph (U.K.), Dec. 18.   (thanks Louise for the link)

Dec. 16 th
- Current issues of "People" magazine and "Entertainment Weekly" both have Michelle featured in them. ("People" is with Brad Pitt and Angelica Jolie's son on the cover and "EW" with Jack Black and Naomi Watts on the cover.) (thanks Sandra and Dean)

- Principle filming of Sunshine has been wrapped.

- Michelle at "Marie Claire" (YeohFanz.com)

- Memoirs of a Geisha: a news photo from the European premiere in Milan. No, Michelle was not there. She continued the promotion of the film in the U.S. (where the film will open wide on Dec. 23) and appeared on "The Late Late Show" yesterday in L.A.. [updated] the program of Michelle at "The Late Late Show" was actually pre-recorded on Tuesday although it wasn't aired until Thursday.

Dec. 15 th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: finally, I have gone through a LARGE number of photos and selected some from the Japan premiere and L.A. premiere. Enjoy. ;-)

- Article link:
      Boston Herald: Yeoh masters art of geisha

Dec. 14 th
- Photos of Michelle when she was intervewed in Japan last month for Silver Hawk.

- Memoirs of a Geisha: video clip of Michelle at "The Daily Show" and information on the premiere in Italy.

Dec. 13 th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: more TV appearances. [Note] Michelle will be on CBS's "The Late Late Show" Thursday December 15 (not Wednesday as previously mentioned).

- Transcript: Michelle at "Tavis Smiley" (December 12)

Dec. 12 th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: weekend box-office report and release plan of the film.

Dec. 10 th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: my little report on the film - yes, I have seen it, finally! :-) Also Michelle's upcoming U.S. TV appearances for the Memoirs promotion.

Dec. 9th
- Memoirs of a Geisha updates.

Dec. 8th
- It seems that Sony decided to release Memoirs of a Geisha on Dec. 9 in more theatres than originally stated at the official site. You may check Moviefone for the nearest theatre to you.

- Sandra, who attended an advance screening of Memoirs of a Geisha yesterday at the Strosacker Audtorium of Case Western Reserve University wrote (shouted) to me the following :-)   --
- Silver Hawk: photos of Michelle in Japan. The film opens this weekend there.

- Memoirs of a Geisha: photos from the New York premiere, Tuesday December 6.

It's been London to Tokyo, back to London to New York, to L.A. and back to New York in the last two weeks for Michelle Yeoh, as she's been flying point to point for the "Memoirs of a Geisha" world premiere and other openings, and promo activities -- and completing her last days of work on director Danny Boyle's untitled big-screen sci-fi thriller for 20th Century Fox.

Yeoh, who plays lead geisha Mameha in Columbia's lavish big-screen adaptation of the Arthur Golden best-seller, opening tomorrow (12/9), says that "the launch will go on into January," but she'll be back to Malaysia in time for Chinese New Year Jan. 29 -- and she'll be ready. "I've been away from home for about six months. I miss my nephew and nieces, my parents and friends." But she wouldn't miss her "Geisha" experience for the world, she adds. "It's like when you're in a beautiful fast car, speeding down the highway, taking in as much as you can because you need to grasp this moment."   (The National Ledger, Dec 8)
- Audemars Pigueet Newsflash: When movie magic meets the art of Haute Horlogerie

Dec. 7th
- Michelle will appear as a guest on ABC's "The View" tomorrow, Thursday December 8, 11:00AM. (thanks Frenda)

- Michelle is featured on the cover story of current issue of "Player" magazine. (thanks Dean)

- Memoirs of a Geisha: new video clips, links to interviews and photos.

Dec. 6th
- Michelle attended the Variety screening of Memoirs of a Geisha at the Arclight Theater yesterday in Hollywood and participated the Q&A session. For more photos please see Memoirs of a Geisha.

- Michelle will be a guest on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart tonight (Tuesday). (thanks Lori!) 11:00p/10:00c. Re-run Wednesday 8p.

- Michelle's next?
      According to various French reports, Michelle will join French director Olivier Assayas to make Boarding Gate, which is scheduled to start next February in the U.K., Luxembourg and Hong Kong. The Main cast also includes Asia Argento, Michael Madsen, and Tony Leung Ka Fai.
      Written by the director, the film tells a story of an Italian woman, Sandra (Argento), who lives in London, who has a passionate affair with Miles Rennberg (Madsen), a former financial big gun. Sandra also has a second lover, an American Chinese, Lester Wang (Leung), who's a contract killer to kill Miles. Sandra escapes to Hong Kong to meet with Wang but he disappears. It is Wang's wife Sue (Yeoh) who is behind the scenes, pulling the strings...
      (Olivier Assayas is Maggie Cheung's ex-husband who made the award-winning Clean with Maggie after their divorce.)

- Sunshine updates: Corazon's lab is gone...

- Article link:
      Canada National Post: Multi-talented women kick butt and serve tea

Dec. 5th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: selected photos from the U.S. premiere.

- Article links:
      San Francisco Chronicle: Action-film smart, 'Geisha' graceful
      Comingsoon.net: The Year of Michelle Yeoh

- It seems that the filming of Sunshine on Michelle's part lasted bit longer than planned. When Mr. Jean Todt attended the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, he told reporters that Michelle could not make the trip as scheduled because she was filming in London. "I will meet up with her in Los Angeles after this trip," Mr. Todt was quoted as saying. "We are planning to be in Malaysia during Christmas and New Year." Principle photography of Sunshine is expected to wrap up in a week.

Dec. 3rd
- Memoirs of a Geisha: premiere highlights.

Dec. 2nd
- Silver Hawk: Japanese flyer. The film opens in Japan on Dec. 10, same day as Memoirs of a Geisha.

- During the promotion of his new film Brokeback Mountain, director Ang Lee answered the reporters' question on his possible follow-up for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. "It would be a prequel, if it happens," said Lee. And he cautioned that he won't make the film until he's found the proper entry point. "I haven't found a new passion equivalent to the first one." Although a script for the prequel has been worked on for quite a while but Ang Lee didn't feel inspired by any of the versions. Visit CTHD Prequel page for history of the in-development project.

Dec. 1st
- During her trip to Japan, Michelle attended an "Audemars Piguet" event as a global spokesperson, along with Mr. Jean Todt (photo at right).

(click to enlarge. photos from "World Journal", "Sun", "UDN" and "Ming Pao")

- Memoirs of a Geisha: Michelle accepted some media interviews in Japan about Memoirs of a Geisha during the film promotion (photos 1 - 3). There you will also find video clips from Japanese premiere.

        The U.S. premiere of Memoirs of a Geisha will be held on Sunday, December 4, at Kodak Theater of Hollywood. The premiere will be at 7:00PM and the red carpet will start at 6:00PM.

- According to Malaysian media, with her busy filming schedule Michelle can't make to the Monsoon Cup, which is being held in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia from Nov 29 to Dec 4. Michelle was previously scheduled to be there on December 3rd.

Nov. 30th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: the report of the news conference on Nov. 28 has been re-written, with more quotes from Michelle.

- Sunshine updates, with some new set photos.

Nov. 29th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: some photos from the world premiere in Japan and a video link to the news conference. Photos from "Epoch Times" and "AP". More photos coming up.

Nov. 28th
- Memoirs of a Geisha press conference was held in Tokyo, Japan on November 28.

More photos and reports see Memoirs of a Geisha.

Nov. 27th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: Michelle left London and arrived in Tokyo.

- Memoirs of a Geisha: interviews with Michelle, Zhang Ziyi, and Gong Li in New York.

Nov. 26th
- Michelle will be on ABC's "The View", Wednesday December 7. More Memoirs of a Geisha updates.

Nov. 24th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: seven new video clips.

Nov. 23rd
- Memoirs of a Geisha: video clip on Making of Memoirs and video scans; Mainland Chinese release date, and Taiwanese poster.

Nov. 21st
- Photo: Michelle with Ken Watanabe in New York, November 20th.

For a report and more photos please see Memoirs of a Geisha section. Some reviews of Memoirs are added to the page.

- Link: Memoirs of an Astronaut   (Cinematical)

Nov. 20th
- Memoirs of a Geisha updates: more information and some pictures - you may have seen all of the pics before but probably not everyone knew the first one is actually Michelle. (Thanks BAM for the help with the video scan!)

- Sunshine: Michelle talks about the project. Also a bit about Cillian Murphy.

Nov. 19th
- Michelle is now in New York for the start of the promotion of Memoirs of a Geisha. More details...

- During Boao Forum for Asia (BFA)'s 2005 International Cultural Industry Conference (Nov. 18-19), special awards were given to filmmakers who made outstanding contributions in "bringing Chinese films to the world". The honored list of names includes Bruce Lee, John Woo, Stanley Kwan, Zhang Yimou, Chow Yun-Fat, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Stanley Tong, and Michelle.

- First poster of Jet Li's Fearless (Chinese title: Huo Yuanjia) came out on a Singapore based movie site. It's only Jet Li in the picture.

Nov. 18th
- Memoirs of a Geisha updates.

Nov. 17th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: domestic release date for each city, a Italian poster and more.

- With the release date of Silver Hawk in Japan approaching, some promotion activities are being carried out. Here is a picture of three Silver Hawk girls, all dressed as Michelle's Silver Hawk character. ("Nikkan" photo. Nov. 16)

Nov. 16th
- Interesting set stories for Sunshine and a photo of Michelle's stand-in.

- Memoirs of a Geisha: a bunch of updates including photos and download link for the trailer shown on Monday's NBC Medium.

Nov. 15th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: U.K. release date and some advance screenings.

Nov. 14th
- Sunshine updates. A little story of Michelle on the filming set.

- Memoirs of a Geisha: new pictures.

Nov. 12th
- Photos from "China Times Weekly" (Taiwan), November 4 issue, which features an article on Michelle. Photos were taken when Michelle visited Taiwan last month.

(click to enlarge)
- Memoirs of a Geisha: information on the mainland China release.

Nov. 11th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: some photos from the photobook. And more news.

Nov. 10th
- In case you missed this post on the Guestbook of this site yesterday -
from: leo - Wednesday, November 9th 2005 - 03:25:25 PM -
thank you all for being so supportive and loving. I hope that you all won't be disappointed with Memoirs... but will love it for what it is...

Those of us who chatted with Michelle on the official The Touch and early Silver Hawk boards all know who "leo" is. For those of you who don't know, yes, you guessed it right - the message was posted by Michelle! :-)

Nov. 9th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: several updates and more pictures!

Nov. 8th
- Memoirs of a Geisha Official Website has launched. Here is one of the wallpapers with Michelle and Zhang Ziyi.

Nov. 7th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: finally, a portrait of Mameha! Millions of thanks to Laurie!

Nov. 6th
- More Memoirs of a Geisha updates: two more photos but neither are of Michelle...

- Fearless Official Website has opened (thanks Kityi). There is a cast photo of Michelle (left) on the site. A teaser trailer is up but there is no scene of Michelle.

- Memoirs of a Geisha updates.

Nov. 4th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: San Francisco advance screening, etc..

Amazon has started to ship the pre-ordered Memoirs photobook (thanks Frenda for the information).

Nov. 3rd
- Memoirs of a Geisha updates.

Oct. 30th
- According to "Screen Daily" (U.K.), Michelle, along with Maggie Cheung, Monica Bellucci, Catherine Deneuve, Dame Judi Dench, etc., are expected to attend the 5th annual Marrakech International Film Festival which will be held at November 11 - 19 in Marrakech, Morocco.

- Memoirs of a Geisha: more information on the release and a photo from the music recording.

Oct. 29th
- A "first listen" of the Memoirs of a Geisha soundtrack.

Oct. 27th
- According to Malaysian "The Star", Michelle and Jackie Chan will be the guests of the Monsoon Cup, which to be held in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, from Nov 29 to Dec 4 as a part of the Swedish Match Tour, the world's leading professional sailing series.

- Memoirs of a Geisha: more on the release date.

Oct. 26th
- Sunshine: Michelle's cast photo!

- Memoirs of a Geisha: listings of the soundtrack and awards screening schedule.

Oct. 25th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: a press release regarding the soundtrack. Also high definition trailer and more.

Oct. 23rd
- Memoirs of a Geisha: an benefit screening on December 2.

- Michelle is featured at the cover story of the November issue of "iLook", a Chinese language magazine. The pictures were taken when Michelle visited Singapore a couple of months ago. For pictures and the article please see Magazines: iLook. Thanks szyh007 for the scans!

Oct. 21st
- Memoirs of a Geisha: release information in mainland China and Canadian official site.

Oct. 19th
- Some photos from the night of 14th when Michelle was in Taiwan, strolling on the Taipei streets with friends. (photos from "Sing Tao" and "TOM")

- The release date of Fearless (Chinese title: Huo Yuanjia) in mainland China is scheduled at January 19, as one of the Chinese New Year film in 2006. As we have reported, Michelle will guest star in this Jet Li/Yuen Wo-Ping martial art film.

- Memoirs of a Geisha updates.

Oct. 17th
- Silver Hawk Japanese trailer is up at the official Japanese site.

- If you search for Michelle news on Internet, you may notice the talks about Michelle's possible involvement with Indiana Jones 4 had started to circulate after Indy Experience quoted Steven Spielberg's Memoirs set visit from this site. Indeed, I would be very excited if this works out. Reportedly Indy 4 script is close to be finished.

- A Memoirs of a Geisha Movie Review (Movies Online).

Oct. 16th
- Michelle was back in Ipoh, Malaysia on Oct. 15th and celebrated her father's birthday with family members and relatives. She said the purpose of her trip is solely for her father and she is not going to accept any interviews. Michelle will stay in Malaysia for a couple of days before returning to Sunshine filming in London.

(1) Michelle waving goodbye at Taipei airport, Oct. 15
(2) Michelle (5th left) with her father (6th left), mother (3rd left), brother (3rd right) and other relatives
(click to enlarge. photos from "Apple Daily" and "TOM")

Oct. 14th
- Michelle arrived at Taipei, Taiwan on the evening of Oct. 13th. On the 14th, she hosted the opening ceremony of a TOD'S store. During the media interviews, she talked about Memoirs of a Geisha, Sunshine, and Hua Mulan (for details please visit these pages respectively). Michelle is hurrying back to Malaysia today for celebrating her father's 80th birthday.

Michelle with Diego Della Valle, chairman of TOD'S at the ceremony, Oct. 14th

Michelle at interview, Oct. 14
(photos from "Apple Daily", "TOM", "QQ", "SCOL", "UDN" and "EastDay". click to enlarge)

Michelle arriving at the airport, Taipei, Oct. 13th
(photos from "UDN", "TOM", "World Journal". click to enlarge)

- Memoirs of a Geisha updates: sweepstakes to win premiere tickets. Audience reviews of a new test screening.

Oct. 12th
- Sunshine: awesome Blog! A lot of great stuff including some set and cast photos.

- Some information on the recent Japanese DVD release of Michelle movies: Stunt Woman (aka Ah Kam) and Wonder Seven were released last week. Heroic Trio and Heroic Trio 2 (aka Executioners) were released on August 5. Also The Touch DVD was released in Japan on August 21.

"Stunt Woman"
(Oct 7, 2005)

"Wonder Seven"
(Oct 7, 2005)

"The Touch"
(Aug 21, 2005)

"Heroic Trio"
(Aug 5, 2005)

"Heroic Trio 2"
(Aug 5, 2005)

(click the pictures to enlarge)
Oct. 11th
- Silver Hawk Japanese site is partially up. You can enjoy some new pictures under each section of "About The Movie" even if you don't read Japanese. Silver Hawk will be released in Japan on Dec. 10, the very same day Memoirs of a Geisha opens there.

- Memoirs of a Geisha updates.

Oct. 10th
- Taiwanese media reported that Michelle will visit Taiwan this week. Hopefully they will get some interviews of Michelle. Michelle will be the first one to visit Taiwan among the three lead actresses in Memoirs of a Geisha. For more reports see Memoirs of a Geisha.

Oct. 9th
- Michelle and Zhang Ziyi are listed as No.3 at Entertainment Weekly's "all-time best movie babes who kick butt".

- IMDb daily poll (Oct 8) result (thanks Sean)

Oct. 5th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: soundtrack release information.

Oct. 4th
- Sunshine updates.

- Memoirs of a Geisha: Gong Li talks about the film.

Oct. 3rd
- According to Taiwan "UDN", Michelle may visit Taiwan around October 14th. If she does, the committee of the Golden Horse Awards (Taiwan) will try to invite her for this year's award ceremony - they have the invitation waiting for her.

- Silver Hawk DVD was released in the U.S. last week. A friend said all the copies at his local Hollywood Video were already rented out when he went! (thanks Mike)

- Hua Mulan: Stanley Tong may start shooting his version of the Mulan film.

Sept. 29th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: 2006 wall Calendar.

- Roger Spottiswoode's The Bitter Sea (previously named Children of Guangxi) is scheduled to start filming early next year, right after the Chinese New Year, in Shanghai and a few other locations in mainland China. (more about the film was reported on News of Aug. 1)

- "Hollywood Reporter" has an article, H.K. actors straddle two worlds. Michelle is quoted in the article in a few places. "I'm lucky that my own acting has grown and the audience has grown. In the past, they might just have looked at action roles for us, but that's no longer the case now," says Michelle.

Sept. 25th
- Memoirs of a Geisha U.S. premiere date: December 4, Los Angeles.

Sept. 21st
- You may see the trailer of Memoirs of a Geisha in theatre this Friday. More details...

- Memoirs of a Geisha: Worldwide release dates (thanks Dean). There is no release date for mainland China yet. Perhaps the Chinese authority hasn't decided whether or not to show this film.

- Photos ("Getty Images" and "AP". click to enlarge): Michelle and French actor Jean Reno arrive at the world premiere of the film Revolver at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema in central London, Tuesday Sept. 20th.

- Photos ("Getty Images"): Michelle leaves the Princess Party, the launch of the West End venue's female-oriented membership service, the Umbabian Princess Card, at Umbaba on Wednesday September 14th in London, England (click to enlarge).

Sept. 20th
- Memoirs of a Geisha updates: a new section on the collection of the movie stills and promotion photos. Also a picture of a hair ornament used in the film.

- An update on CTHD Prequel.

Sept. 19th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: excerpts of the Michelle interview from "Prestige Hong Kong".

Sept. 18th
- Thanks to Kityi, who shared with us the scans of the interview and photos of Michelle from the launch issue of "Prestige Hong Kong" magazine (September issue). In the interview Michelle talks about Memoirs of a Geisha and Sunshine as well as her own lifestyle. See the article and photos at YeohFanz.com. The interview was done in early June when Michelle attended the opening gala party of the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi in Malaysia.

left: cover of the magazine
right: Michelle on the beach

- Memoirs of a Geisha release date in Hong Kong: January 12 2006 (thanks Kityi).

- In a recent F1 interview with Jean Todt, the Ferrari manager and Michelle's boyfriend, reporters asked him what he's going to do after he retires from Ferrari. Mr. Todt answered: "Perhaps I will help Michelle Yeoh, help her to become a more outstanding and successful actress, although it might be difficult for me to do..."

        We have seen many news photos when Michelle attended F1 races with Mr. Todt. But not many people knew that Mr. Todt visited Michelle on some of the Memoirs filming sets.

Sept. 15th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: the first U.S. trailer came online (thanks BAM for RM versions). As I suspected when watching the Japanese trailer, one of the dancers with fans is indeed Michelle.

Here hope these scans make up some loses to the lack of the releases of Michelle's Mameha pictures:

- Silver Hawk updates (w/pictures): theatrical release in Japan and DVD releases in U.S. and U.K..

Sept. 14th
- A trailer of Memoirs of a Geisha will be shown tomorrow (Thursday) on CBS's "Entertainment Tonight".

Sept. 12th
- Memoirs of a Geisha updates: "USA Today" article/photos and the Malaysian release date.

Sept. 11th
- A photo from "New York Times" on Michelle, Zhang Ziyi and Rob Marshall in Memoirs of a Geisha.

Sept. 10th

- Photos: Michelle with Ferrari team boss Jean Todt at the qualifying session for the Belgium F1 Grand Prix, Spa, Belgium, Saturday September 10. (click to enlarge. Photos from "F1 Racing", Yahoo and QQ)

Sept. 8th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: a picture book is on pre-order (thanks Dean). Also the Taiwanese release date, etc..

Sept. 7th
- Hi I'm back! Yes I had a wonderful trip ;-).   There are some updates for Sunshine and Memoirs of a Geisha. The principal photography of Sunshine began on August 23rd in London. Japanese official website of Memoirs of a Geisha released a trailer. Also some promotional photos for Memoirs.

- Michelle is on the cover of the upcoming September issue of "Prestige", a new Hong Kong magazine by Brian Chow and Gordon Lam. The cover story features an interview with Michelle in which she talks about the filming of Memoirs of a Geisha and the upcoming Sunshine. The picture on the right is from Hong Kong "Ming Pao" with the related story.

Aug. 19th
- [Note] I will be out of town for a vacation. No update on this site is expected before September 7. See you later guys/gals!

- Memoirs of a Geisha: an interview with Colleen Atwood, the costume designer for the film, and a few new photos of Sayuri.

- New in Silver Hawk: a collection of promotion and set photos.

- Michelle, along with Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-Fat, are invited to attend celebrations at Hong Kong Disneyland before it opens on Sept.12. (Related link: Mickey News)

Aug. 16th
- A bit more from Cillian Murphy on Sunshine.

- Michael Schumacher, Ferrari's German driver, said he was in the south of France to celebrate the birthday of Michelle. Photo (front L to R): Jean Todt, Michelle, Michael Schumacher and his wife Corinna. (click to enlarge. "Sina")

Aug. 14th
- In another interview last week, Cillian Murphy said they are rehearsing and the shooting will start at the end of the month. More in Sunshine...

Aug. 12th
- Memoirs of a Geisha news: we will hear Yo-Yo Ma's cello solo in the film. Interesting they have got another talent from CTHD!

Aug. 11th
- Memoirs of a Geisha: some construction photos from the Hanamachi set.

Aug. 10th
- Another new film still (Chairman and Sayuri) from Memoirs of a Geisha. Where is Michelle's Mameha? They are really testing our patience, aren't they? Or they are saving the best for the last.

Aug. 8th
- Michelle was seen on vacation in St. Tropez, France, August 7. "Sohu" photo (from L to R): Jean Todt, Michelle, Schumacher's wife Corinna, and Michael Schumacher.

- Sunshine [new section]: last weekend Taiwanese "UDN" interviewed Cillian Murphy when he was in Los Angeles promoting his new airplane thriller Red Eye. The blue eyed Irish actor said to reporter: "Michelle Yeoh is incredibly charming! I can't wait to work with her when the shooting starts." He said he was a fan of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. He had met Michelle and they had started rehearsals for the film. "She's incredible," said Murphy, "It feels wonderful to go through action training with her."

- Memoirs of a Geisha: a new film still involving Gong Li's Hatsumomo.

Aug. 6th

Birthday Greetings to Michelle Yeoh
August 6 2005

Aug. 5th
- Silver Hawk is releasing in cinema in Italy today - August 5th. (thanks nicocaprara)

- Memoirs of a Geisha updates.

- Thank you everyone! This year we received over 200 Birthday Greetings to Michelle, sent in by fans from at least 34 countries/regions: Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, China (mainland), Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Malaysia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, U.K., U.S.A., and Viet Nam. We even have a five year old new fan who signed up with the help of her mother. Welcome Olive! :-)

All the messages are on the way to Michelle. We all wish you the very best, Michelle!

(click to enlarge. full size 800x600)

Above birthday wallpapers are made by Ziduan of China (mainland).

Also two birthday GIF animations - click to watch:
    - by Zoe from Hong Kong (1.8MB)
    - by Ziduan from Mainland China (1.2MB)

Aug. 2nd
- Sunshine will be filmed at 3 Mills Studios in central London. In a news announcement from 3 Mills Studios (May 23), it says "production on Sunshine, a science-fiction film, will begin at the end of May 2005, with principal photography to commence mid-August." (thanks Buffyancrag)

- A Japanese DVD of Wonder Seven will be released on October 7th. (cover picture at left. click to enlarge)

Aug. 1st
- Singapore "Zao Bao" reported that Roger Spottiswoode's Bitter Sea (previously named Children of Guangxi, reported in the news of June 20 -21) is currently looking for six child actors in Singapore. Spottiswoode was in Singapore last week and they are looking for boys between 5 and 16 years old who can speak both English and Chinese. The film's leads will be Brendan Fraser (The Mummy) and Australian actress Radha Mitchell (Finding Neverland).

The historical drama is based on the true story of George Hogg, a British journalist who rescued scores of children during Japan's 1937 invasion of China, leading them on an arduous trek to safety.

According to the report, Spottiswoode said Michelle and Chow Yun-Fat will both appear in the film. Michelle will play a kindhearted countryside woman, and Chow will be a Chinese military officer who helps rescue children. Filming is scheduled to begin in November in China and will last until next January.

- Apparently Michelle could not make to the "Walk with Pride" charity gala, a cancer-support programme to raise public awareness on cancer in Malaysia which was held in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. She was scheduled to, but unable to join, the fashion catwalk performed by a group of breast cancer survivors. A dinner with Michelle at a later date was auctioned on that night as a part of the fund-rising.

- Memoirs of a Geisha updates.

Jul. 29th
- Another update on Memoirs of a Geisha: a review of the performances from each main character in the film. Michelle definitely WOWed the audience. We knew it - we knew she would hit it!

- Memoirs of a Geisha updates: 1. a new film still - yes, it has Michelle! 2. some reactions from the screening (no, I didn't attend). 3. the possible release date for the film in China.

Jul. 27th
- A special screening of Memoirs of a Geisha for market research will be held on Thursday.

Jul. 25th
- Yesterday "UDN" (Taiwan) had a phone interview with Michelle, who had just arrived in London preparing for Danny Boyle's Sunshine. Michelle said she can't disclose the details of the film but based on director Danny Boyle's style, the film should be "very exciting".

In Jet Li's Huo Yuanjia she will not have any fight scenes and she will only appear at the beginning and the end of the film. In Sunshine, Michelle will have the lead role and have a chance to show a wide range of her talents including action. According to Hong Kong media, actor Sean Lau (Lau Ching-Wan) (Executioners, Running out of Time, La Brassiere) will join Sunshine too.

- Hua Mulan updates: although there has been no confirmed development on the project but there have been rumors that keep popping up saying the film might be made without Michelle's involvement. A new report shows the key of the project is still Michelle. Read more in Hua Mulan section.

Jul. 24th
- Sony is setting up Memoirs of a Geisha's official website at www.memoirsofageisha.com. Only the front page is up at the moment.

Jul. 23rd
- Sunshine: Hong Kong actor Simon Yam (PTU, Hitman, Holy Weapon) said he was invited to star in Sunshine alongside Michelle but unfortunately, he had to turn it down due to a previous commitment to another project.

- Photos: Michelle at the qualifying session of the German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, July 23rd.

L to R: Willi Weber, Michael Schumacher's manager, Michelle, and Ferrari general manager Jean Todt (Yahoo and Getty photos. click the one with borders to enlarge)

Jul. 21st
- This photo that published at today's "Sin Chew" (Malaysia) is another one taken during Michelle's Singapore-Malaysia trip at the end of May. Several other photos were previously published at the news of June 2nd and 14th.

The 50th Asian Pacific Film Festival will be held in Kuala Lumpur this year, from September 28 to October 2. The organizer said they have already invited Michelle and hope she could attend. Reportedly Michelle agreed so as long as the filming schedule will allow her.

Jul. 19th
- Yishi, a Singaporean fan of Michelle's, sent us the scans from another magazine, "NuYou" (August 2005), where Michelle is on the cover story. Michelle did the interviews and photos for both "NuYou" and "Style" when she visited Singapore in late May (25th and 26th). "NuYou" is a Chinese language magazine. See Magazines for the photos and interview. Thanks Yishi again!

Michelle said it had been crazy with traveling and work. Hotels became her "home". She stayed at some places for 2 or 3 days, and some other places for 12, 13 days... Michelle said her hobby is her work. "I love reading. So when I spent two or three months reading and choosing scripts, I was working as well as enjoying my hobby. That's wonderful."



- A Xinhua article on Huo Yuanjia (note: "Fok Yun-gap" is a Cantonese spelling of the name). Some production photos can be seen at this Jet Li fan site (scroll down. No, no production photo with Michelle has been published). Two main supporting actors are Dong Yong, who plays Huo Yuanjia's close friend and Sun Li, who plays a blind girl and Jet Li's love interest.

Jul. 17th
- Filming of Huo Yuanjia has been wrapped up in Shanghai. Last Friday the production company invited media to visit the main shooting sets in Shanghai Shengqiang Film Studios. Jet Li, Ronny Yu (director), Yuen Wo-Ping, mainland actress Sun Li and actor Dong Yong accepted interviews. Apparently Michelle's part was filmed earlier and she was not present.

- In Magazines: new article and photos from "Style" magazine, August 2005 issue. Thanks Yishi for the beautiful scans!

- Memoirs of a Geisha updated.

Jul. 12th
- "Sing Pao" (Hong Kong) reported that Michelle was in Hong Kong last week for a short break. They snapped a few photos (from a distance) when she was meeting with her friends and business partners. They said hard-working Michelle was even writing notes inside the car. Photo at left: Michelle was stepping into a car after a gethering in Causeway Bay. (thanks Frenda for the scans)

- I don't have confirmed information on the exact dates, but news from a reliable source said that Michelle did filming for Huo Yuanjia some time ago in Shanghai Shengqiang Film Studios. Apparently it was done secretly and no mainland Chinese media knew about it.

Michelle will guest star in the film. She plays a not big but important role. Her narration is the introduction of the story. Reportedly Michelle will not have any fight with Jet Li in the film. Pity. The film also stars Japanese actors Masato Harada and Shidou Nakamura.

- Updated Biography.

Jul. 8th
- And Michelle's new film will be Sunshine with Danny Boyle - that has been confirmed too!

Jul. 7th
- Yes! It is confirmed that Michelle will be in Jet Li's Huo Yuanjia (working title). The film is co-produced and financed by Columbia Tri-Star. It tells the story of Chinese martial arts master Huo Yuanjia, the master of the character portrayed by Bruce Lee in Fist of Fury. It is not clear whether Michelle's part has already been filmed or Michelle will share the screen with Jet Li. Keep tuned.

- The July 5th issue of "Ming Pao Weekly" (Hong Kong) has a picture of Michelle, "wearing the coolest glasses on the planet." (thanks Sandra) Can anyone get us a scan?

Jul. 6th
- Taiwanese news agency "UDN" had more reports on Michelle's involvement with Jet Li's Huo Yuanjia. It says the story begins with an athlete, Miss Yang (note: "Yang" is the Mandarin spelling of Michelle's last name "Yeoh"), played by Michelle, who is making efforts to get Chinese traditional martial arts into formal Olympic competition. Then the story goes back to the legendary martial artist Huo Yuanjia (1868-1910), played by Jet Li.

There has been no report from mainland China about the possible involvement of Michelle on the project although the film has been shooting there (in Shanghai). Filming in Shanghai is expected to be wrapped up next week. The film is scheduled for an early 2006 release.

Jul. 5th
- Michelle was seen at a Terengganu island resort in Malaysia on July 4th. She was holidaying in Pulau Duyong off Kuala Terengganu. According to the Malaysian press, she attended a meeting on local project development and was surprised to see Malaysian Prime Minister Seri Abdullah who was also there. She greeted the Prime Minister and the two chatted for a while.

- Two more photos of Michelle at Indianapolis on June 17.

Jul. 2nd
- Memoirs of a Geisha: the Italian release date will be December 16th.

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