The longtime friend (and secret love) of Li Mu Bai, Shu Lien has been entrusted to deliver his prized sword, The Green Destiny, to a mutual acquaintance. The sword is stolen, and in the course of retrieving the prized weapon, hidden plans, agendas, and identities are revealed. Veteran actress Michelle Yeoh plays Shu Lien as a honorable warrior approaching the twilight of her career — she’s seen much and accrued some hard-earned wisdom. Sure, she’s on the losing side of a memorable sword fight against a younger girl (wielding the recently purloined blade), but it’s impossible not to admire her loyalty, compassion, and sense of honor.
INTERESTING FACT: A former Miss Malaysia (competing in the Miss Universe pageant), Yeoh studied at London’s Royal Academy of Dance — a spinal injury thwarted a childhood dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.