The Lady

April 13th 2012
  • Drama/Historical,
  • R,
  • 132 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse, Susan Wooldridge, Benedict Wong, Flint Bangkok, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Antony Hickling, William Hope, Teerawat Mulvilai, Agga Poechit, Victoria Sanvalli, Nay Myo Thant, Danny Toeng, Dujdao Vadhanapakorn, Frank Walmsley, Jonathan Woodhouse, Marian Yu
  • Director: Luc Besson
  • Writer: Rebecca Frayn
  • Producers: Luc Besson, Andy Harries, Virginie Silla, Jean Todt
  • Art Directions: Gilles Boillot, Dominque Moisan, Stéphane Robuchon, Thierry Zemmour
  • Casting: Raweeporn 'Non' Srimonju
  • Costume Design: Olivier Bériot
  • D.O.P.: Thierry Arbogast
  • Editor: Julien Rey
  • Makeup: Stéphane Robert
  • Music: Eric Serra
  • Production Design: Hugues Tissandier
  • Set Decorations: Evelyne Tissandier, Jackie Yau


"The Lady" is an epic love story about how an extraordinary couple and family sacrifice their happiness at great human cost for a higher cause. This is the story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris.

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 background of political turmoil which continues today.

"The Lady" also is the story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma's democracy movement.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Bangkok, Thailand; Burma; London, UK; Paris, France
  • MPAA Warning: Violence including some bloody images
  • Production Companies: Europa Corp., France 2 Cinéma, Left Bank Pictures
  • Production Schedule: December 2010 - March 2011

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Biopics of politically contentious figures are usually period pieces for a good reason. Chief among them of course is the potential legal and personal ramifications for not just the person in question, but the filmmakers as well. One way around this is to create a fictional character 'inspired by' said person (eg. the Tony Blair-esque Adam Lang in Polanski's "The Ghost Writer"), however French filmmaker Luc Besson isn't one to beat around the bush.

As a result, his biopic of current Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has been shot under top secret conditions in Paris, Bangkok and the UK. As time and production winds on though, it's becoming hard for Besson to keep his film a secret. A release for this Fall in the UK is already locked in though, which means the attention will only become more focused from here on out.

For those unfamiliar, Aung San Suu Kyi lead the National League for Democracy (NLD) party to a landslide election win in Myanmar in 1990. However the win was never recognised by the country's ruling military junta who have been in power since a coup d'état in 1962 and have kept her incarcerated for most of the past two decades. She was freed in November after seven straight years of house arrest at her lakeside mansion in Rangoon, less than a week after an election that critics said was a charade aimed at preserving military rule behind a civilian facade in Myanmar.

With the possibility that she could be placed under house arrest again at any time, the surrounding publicity and reaction to the film could have serious repercussions in a way no other film opening this year can come close to. Don't expect any of the usual PR build-up here either, this will be very carefully handled by those involved. If it works though, it could become one of the most truly inspirational films of recent times."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 30 November 2011: France
  • 21 December 2011: Belgium
  • 30 December 2011: Ireland, UK
  • 12 January 2012: Portugal
  • 19 January 2012: Netherlands
  • 2 February 2012: Thailand
  • 9 February 2012: Hong Kong
  • 1 March 2012: Singapore
  • 16 March 2012: Taiwan
  • 23 March 2012: Italy
  • 4 April 2012: Sweden
  • 5 April 2012: Germany, Indonesia
  • 19 April 2012: Australia
  • 26 April 2012: Denmark
  • 27 April 2012: Norway
  • 3 May 2012: Malaysia
  • 21 June 2012: Argentina
  • 21 July 2012: Japan