My 3 Favorite Females in Martial Arts Movies

If you’ve read my previous posts, you know I love martial arts and its movies. And what can make a good martial arts movie even better? A kick-butt female character! So this post is dedicated to them.

Here are my 3 favorite females in martial arts movies:

1. Michelle Yeoh

 

Michelle YeohHer training is originally in dance, having graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance, but she brings that strength and grace into her fighting onscreen. Her beauty won her titles in such pageants as Miss Malaysia and Miss Moomba. She, similar to Jackie Chan, has done most of her own stunts and was known for many years as the ‘Queen of Martial Arts.’ I was particularly thrilled to find she and I share the same birthday (August 6th)! She now has her own production company, Mythical Films.

 

You may have seen her in the following movies:

  • Police Story III: Super Cop (1992)
  • Tai Chi Master (1993)
  • Wing Chun (1994 – See my previous post: Could Bruce Lee Owe His Fame to Two Females?)
  • James Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies (1997 – achieved international success)
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

 

2. Zhang Ziyi – 

 

Zhang ZiyiZiyi also began her career in dance along with gymnastics, which has strengthened her onscreen fighting. Besides being athletically talented she modeled for such companies as; Tag Heuer watches, Maybelline cosmetics, Pantene shampoo and Coca-Cola (in China).

 

You may have seen her in the following movies:

  • Rush Hour 2 (2001)
  • Hero (2002)
  • House of Flying Daggers (2004)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
  • The Grandmaster (2013)

 

3. Maggie Cheung – 

 

Maggie CheungLike Michelle and Ziyi, Maggie has had no formal martial arts training. Her career also began with her beauty in modeling and commercials. She was a semi-finalist in Miss World and won first runner-up at Ms. Hong Kong. Maggie was the first Chinese actress to win Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival (1992).

 

You may have seen her in the following movies:

  • Police Story (1985)
  • Twin Dragons (1992)
  • Hero (2002)

 

Sources: http://www.imdb.com and http://www.biography.com

You can also find interviews and movie trailers on http://www.youtube.com

Have you seen any of these actresses or do you have other actresses that are your favorites? I’d love to hear about them!
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Hong Kong Treasure – A deadly Philippines typhoon has stolen Annie’s memory. Now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?

Coming this summer from Assent Publishing.

My 6 Most Romantic Things

It is almost the most romantic time of year, Valentines Day, although I do believe romance should last the whole year though. So I thought it would be fun to share with you my 6 most romantic things and see how they compare to yours.

So here goes …

#1.  Most Romantic Food 

chocolate covered cherries

I think the most romantic food is chocolate, of course. Just about anything covered in chocolate is romantic. A chocolate fountain. A heart-shaped box of chocolates. Chocolate covered cherries. How romantic would it be to float along Willie Wonka’s river of chocolate? My husband knows the pathway to my heart is paved in chocolate.

Chocolate covered almonds

But stay away from chocolate diamonds and chocolate covered bacon – both I think are disgusting.

#2 Most Romantic Jewelry – 

Diamond bracelet

I think the most romantic jewelry is diamonds. But not, as I mentioned above, chocolate diamonds. Maybe they thought mixing the concept of chocolate and diamonds would appeal to women, but most of the women I’ve talked to think diamonds need to sparkle and twinkle. You need that rainbow effect of a prism to stir the heart strings. A woman feels loved and pampered when she’s all dressed up with diamonds in her ears, around her neck or on her fingers. Talk about feeling like a million bucks!

#3 Most Romantic Movie

My most romantic movie has to be Jackie Chan’s The Myth (2005). I know it’s a martial arts movie (which will please the man in your life) but it’s also a love story. A forbidden-love story. Jackie plays an archaeologist in the present day who relives his former life as a general to China’s first emperor, in his dreams. As General Meng Yi, he is given the task to escort the Korean princess Ok-soo (played by Kim Hee-seon). It’s a long journey and they save each other a few times so of course they fall in love. But Meng Yi keeps his honor by rejecting her and successfully completing his mission. However, that’s not the end of Meng Yi and Ok-soo, oh no.

You really must see this movie. I have the original movie released in Hong Kong with English subtitles but they released an English version in 2007. A final note – the theme song, Wijin De Ai (Endless Love) is sung by Jackie Chan and Kim Hee-seon! What a beautiful love song.

To see the movie trailer – YouTube.com

Be sure to watch this movie with someone you love!

#4 Most Romantic Song

Although I love the theme song from the movie, The Myth, my all-time favorite romantic song is Lady in Red by Chris De Burgh. If you haven’t heard this song you are in for a real treat. It’s perfect for slow dancing with your someone special. The song talks about dancing cheek-to-cheek and he feels like they are the only ones in the room. The woman is wearing red, the most romantic color, and he says how gorgeous she looks. My husband has it as the ring tone for when I call him. It never fails to ignite my embers, wherever we are (even in Walmart).

To listen to Lady in Red – YouTube.com

#5 Most Romantic Book

Civil war cannon

There are so many fantastic romantic books, however; my favorite is Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936). I’ve always found the South (US) romantic and this book has the gowns and parties of the Antebellum South in the 1800’s. Then there’s the bad boy, Rhett Butler (played by Clark Gable), handsome, worldly, blockade runner during the Civil War falls in love with little spoiled Scarlett O’Hara (played by Vivien Leigh) but must wait years while she ‘follows her heart’ for another man. What more would a romantic story need?

#6 Most Romantic Place

tropical island sunset

The most romantic place I can think of would be Hawaii or any South Sea island. I acquaint warmth with romance since I feel less romantic covered in layers up to my chin in wintertime. Moonlight walks on the beach hand-in-hand. Napping in the noonday shade in a double hammock. The feel of a silk sundress as it swishes while I walk. These things can happen every day in a tropical climate.

So now you know my 6 most romantic things. How do they compare to yours?

Tell me your 6 things in the comments below and see how yours compare with others.

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Hong Kong Treasure

A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. Now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?

Coming this summer from Assent Publishing!