The Lady - Michelle Yeoh and director Luc Besson
Michelle Yeoh and director Luc Besson © 2011 Cohen Media Group, Photo by Magali Bragard

Here’s a film for those that are interested in world affairs. It is about Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been a voice for democracy in Burma and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

Burma is a country which is is ruled by a military junta and has in the past suppressed almost all dissent and wields absolute power in the face of international condemnation and sanctions.

Obviously, it was not an option to shoot a film on Aung Sang Suu Kyi in Burma, so Thailand was used in it’s place.

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Official Information

The Lady is the extraordinary story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris. It is also the epic story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma’s democracy movement. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end.

A story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today. The Lady was written over a period of three years by Rebecca Frayn. Interviews with key figures in Aung San Suu Kyi’s entourage enabled her to reconstruct for the first time the true story of Burma’s national heroine.

Cast: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse, Susan Wooldridge, Benedict Wong, Htun Lin and Agga Poechit. Written by Rebecca Frayn and directed by Luc Besson.

US and Canada release December 2, 2011
UK release December 30, 2011
Australia release April 19, 2012

Funny enough we can’t seem to find a release date in Burma!