There are none so inspiring in recent political history than Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi who remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 out of 21 years from 20 July 1989 until her most recent release on 13 November 2010.
The Lady is Luc Besson’s heartbreaking but compelling love story about Daw Suu’s (“Mother Suu”) long-distance relationship with her British husband, the academic and writer Dr Michael Aris, set against political turmoil that ends in tragedy. We were honoured to meet former Bond girl and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Michelle Yeoh who not only plays one of the most important roles of her career as Daw Suu, but also got to meet The Lady herself under house arrest.
Here, Yeoh talks about that memorable meeting in Burma, her feelings on what Daw Suu personally gave up in her fight for her people’s freedom, as well as the poignant moment she experienced first-hand with Besson and Suu Kyi’s youngest son, Kim, when Daw Suu’s 2010 release was announced by the military junta.
The Lady co-stars David Thewlis as Dr Aris and his twin, Jonathan Raggett as eldest son Michael Aris and Jonathan Woodhouse as Kim, and includes the powerful moment Suu Kyi wins the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and hears her son Michael give his speech over the radio.