Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Excited About "The Lady"
A few years ago, I had a wish that someone would make a film about Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi. I even went so far as to think that only one actress could play her: Michelle Yeoh. Of all the actresses I've seen in movies, Yeoh looks the most like Aung San Suu Kyi. Not only that, but in every film I've seen her in, I have been impressed. I love Yeoh's vibe. And yes, I also find her to be the most beautiful Asian actress I've seen.
In the last year or so, I learned that French director Luc Besson has taken on the challenge of filming a bio-pic about the world's most popular dissident. Even more amazing, he obviously has the same view as me: he cast Michelle Yeoh in the iconic role. This is amazing and perfect casting. Though the film has not been given a U.S. release date yet, I really hope that come Oscar time, Michelle Yeoh will win the Best Actress Oscar for this role.
I should be a casting director in Hollywood! When I first saw Jim Caviezel in the film Pay It Forward, I had the impression that he should play Jesus in a movie. For some reason, he just looked like how I pictured Jesus. A few years later, he did appear as Jesus in Mel Gibson's torture porn movie about the last hours of Jesus' life (according to Evangelical Christians).
A couple months ago, I saw the teaser trailer for The Lady, which got me excited. Now comes the actual trailer for the film and I'm really stoked now. The scenes are of events that I am familiar with regarding the life of Aung San Suu Kyi. In 1995, there was a film called Beyond Rangoon, which featured a cameo of Aung San Suu Kyi (played by some actress who looked like her). The event that brought Aung San Suu Kyi fame occurred in 1989 when a group of soldiers held their guns out and told protestors not to move another step. Aung San Suu Kyi faced them down and kept walking. People say that her aura was such that the young soldiers were too afraid to fire upon her because of the spiritual implications of such an act. She definitely has a graceful, regal presence. U2 even wrote about and dedicated a song to her: "Walk On." Its a beautiful song and one of my favourites by them.
I love bio-pics. This is my favourite genre of film for the past few years. I love getting a glimpse into another person's life. Every famous person should get a bio-pic someday (well, only those who did something noteworthy, not the Paris Hilton / Lindsay Lohan type of fame). This fall, there are bio-pics about J. Edgar Hoover, Margaret Thatcher, and Carl Jung & Sigmund Freud. Count me in on all of them. I'm there! But I consider The Lady to be the ultimate bio-pic. I've been a huge fan of Aung San Suu Kyi when I first learned about her in 1995 when I met some Burmese ladies in D.C. And when it comes to my ideal lady I'm seeking a relationship with, I wish there was a local lady of Aung San Suu Kyi's spirituality, grace, intelligence and beauty. Those qualities are what I am seeking. Of course, Aung San Suu Kyi is old enough to be my mother, and if my mom knew her, I'm sure that they would be friends because they have a few things in common: both Aung San Suu Kyi and my mother lost their fathers when they were young girls, both married white foreign men (Aung San Suu Kyi married British academian Michael Aris, my mom married a young U.S. Air Force sergeant), and Burma is neighbours with Thailand with similar culture.
I have no idea when this movie will hit theaters in the United States, but I hope it will within the next year (debuting at the Portland International Film Festival next February would be awesome!). I'm certain that watching this film will be a spiritual experience for me. I truly hope that this movie is good enough that it will get recognized at Awards time. I would love for this film to inspire people worldwide and push some kind of movement towards action. I really believe that the world needs to come together and help liberate Burma from the iron grip of the military junta.
Watch the trailer below and go see this movie when it comes to a theater near you. If you know little or nothing about Aung San Suu Kyi, now's the time to read up on her. She is truly one of the great souls who live on our planet at the moment. She is in a group that includes the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, and Vaclav Havel. She truly is The Lady among gents.