(Excerpt from "Michelle Lin on Assassin's Creed & The Tiger Claw Elite Championships" by Gene Ching for Kung Fu Magazine.com)
Occasionally someone asks, "What’s the point of competing in Kung Fu tournaments?" Well, it might just land you a role in a major Hollywood motion picture. But not just any movie, this is the worldwide launch of a potentially massive film franchise, based on a globally-successful videogame brand, and starring Oscar-winning and A-list actors.
Michelle Lin is a dedicated Kung Fu practitioner, one of the select pupils of Dr. Yang Jwing Ming’s extraordinary YMAA Retreat Center deep in the ancient redwoods of Miranda, California. On December 21, 2016, Michelle makes her big screen debut in ASSASSIN’S CREED, alongside such stellar actors as Michael Fassbinder, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling. And she got there as a direct result of competing in the Tiger Claw Elite Championships. I had the chance to catch up with her just before she headed out to New York for the film’s premiere.