Looking ever so epic and Gandhi-esque, The Lady traces the story of Nobel Peace Prize (aka Hideous Norwegian Insult to Chinese Sovereignty Prize) winner Aung San Suu Kyi, and her struggle to bring democracy to Myanmar in the face of the country’s military junta.
The biopic, directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional) and starring Michelle Yeoh (Tomorrow Never Dies, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), has been garnering a bit of buzz on the festival circuit, making the rounds at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar.
For her part, Yeoh describes the chance to play Aung as the ‘role of a lifetime’. The Malaysian Chinese actress even had the good fortune to visit Aung during filming, before later being deported from Myanmar in June.
And quite surprisingly, a film about a woman trying to bring democracy to an authoritarian Asian country has been banned on the mainland! Whoda thunk it.
Apparently, Cinema World magazine didn’t do any favors for the film by promoting it with ‘Want Freedom!’ (要自由!) as a tagline in their September issue.
The film will be released in France on November 30th, USA on December 2nd, and will play in Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong early next year. Click here for more dates.