May 18 in Sci-Fi History: In Praise of Chow Yun-fat

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May 18, 2017, 2:37 PM EDT (Updated)

On this day in 1955, Chow Yun-fat was born in Hong Kong. He's one of our very favorite actors, and as such here are a few clips to remind you of how much genius one actor can carry around. First and foremost:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Chow Yun-fat and Michelle Yeoh in one of the most beautifully made movies ever.


Bulletproof Monk (2003)

Chow Yun-fat and the genuinely irritating Sean William Scott protect a scroll.


The Monkey King (2014)

Chow Yun-fat and Donnie Yen in a weird, gripping and visually stunning movie.


If you see Chow Yun-fat around and need an opener for what to say, today a "Happy Birthday!" would totally work.

Today also happens to be Museum Day. Created in 1977 by the International Council of Museums, this is one of the few of these "maybe-it's-a-real-holiday" holidays of which we could find provenance.

So, first of all – go to ANY museum. You can. It's a wonderful thing and most of them are free today.


If you're thinking of spending the night somewhere you shouldn't, here's hoping some cool stuff comes to life and you get to learn an important lesson about yourself. Because that’s how that plot usually goes.


Tomorrow: Andre the Giant. And pizza.