Her third film role was in the 1985 movie “Yes, Madam!” where she co-starred with American martial artist Cynthia Rothrock; in the film’s climactic fight scene, the women, playing detectives, fend off a steady stream of male attackers. Both actresses did their own stunts, and, as Rothrock told the Post, they bonded right away.
“I think we both just wanted to make this big, tough, kickass film that showcases women,” Rothrock, said.
The duo went so hard that the film’s director had to nix one scene because they were visibly injured.
“We were so bruised that every time we would fight, we would flinch,” she said of the cut scene.
But the hard work paid off: “When the movie came out,” Rothrock said, “I remember going to a midnight screening, and the two of us were sitting there and people were cheering.”
In 1992, Yeoh starred opposite martial arts superstar Jackie Chan in the Hong Kong action film “Police Story 3: Supercop,” where she proceeded to pull off jaw-dropping stunts that include her jumping a motorcycle onto a moving train. In another death-defying stunt, Yeoh leapt from a speeding van onto a convertible — and fell off onto the road, which could have killed her.
“Fortunately, I didn’t land headfirst,” she told Entertainment Weekly. The harrowing fall can be seen in Chan’s trademark outtakes reel in the movie’s end credits.