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Dung fong sam hap (1993)

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The all-female Heroic Trio are Tung (Wonder Woman), Chat (Thief Catcher), a mercenary, and Ching (Invisible Woman). Initially, they're on opposing sides - the invisible Ching is kidnapping ... See full summary »

Director:

Johnnie To

Writers:

Sandy Shaw, Jack Maeby (english adaptation)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Maggie Cheung ... Chat / Thief Catcher / Mercy
Michelle Yeoh ... Ching / Invisible Woman / Number 3 (as Michelle Khan)
Anita Mui ... Tung / Wonder Woman / Shadow Fox
Damian Lau ... Inspector Lau
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Kau (as Anthony Wong)
Paul Chun ... Chief of Police (as Pei Chun)
James Pax ... Inventor (as James Pak)
Shi-Kwan Yen ... Evil Master (as Yee Kwan Yan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guerin Barry ... (voice)
Cheuk Yan Chan
Mimi Chu
Keith Ferguson Keith Ferguson ... (voice)
Jessica Gee-George ... Ching / Invisible Woman (voice) (as Jessica Gee)
Philip Keung ... (as Patrick Keung)
Tom Konkle ... (voice)
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Storyline

The all-female Heroic Trio are Tung (Wonder Woman), Chat (Thief Catcher), a mercenary, and Ching (Invisible Woman). Initially, they're on opposing sides - the invisible Ching is kidnapping newborn male babies for her evil master, Tung is trying to solve the crime (rather more effectively than her policeman husband, who is unaware of her secret identity), and Chat, who was formerly employed by Ching's evil master, is trying to sell her services and inside knowledge to the police. But all three have something in common buried deep in their past... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Genres:

Action | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

12 February 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Dong fang san xia See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Numerous instances of wires being seen...notably when Shadow Fox first appears...on Shadow Fox's throwing projectiles...bullets...babies...the motorcycle in the train station and the manhole cover. See more »

Quotes

Tung: So you're a woman.
Chat: So you're a bitch.
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Alternate Versions

The UK VHS tape was cut by 4 seconds to remove close-up shots of children wetting themselves during an explosion scene. See more »

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Referenced in RoboCop: Prime Directives (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Ask All One's Life
Music by Ta-Yu Lo
Lyrics by Xi Lin
Performed by Anita Mui
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A visual delight, but nothing more
29 November 2000 | by drngorSee all my reviews

This movie has widely been regarded as one of the best fantasies to come out of Hong Kong. That's quite an honor, keeping in mind many of the other well-known fantasy films that came out of HK. The movie indeed is style over substance, and there are many great moments...visual moments that will leave the inexperienced HK viewer in sheer awe. However, in spite of the many great moments, this movie is not necessarily what it has been made out to be.

The main problems exist with the action scenes. They are choreographed by Ching Siu Tung, whose credits include the Swordsman series, A Chinese Ghost Story, and Dr. Wai, to name a few. The action scenes are much too short and the sword fights look like exhibitions, there's no intensity in them. Also, there is little real martial arts in the whole film. Michelle Yeoh's talents are essentially wasted (except in a quick fight w/ Anthony Wong at the beginning).

There are some great moments in this film. Anita Mui running across the telephone wires, the flying motorcycle in the train station, and such. The wire work and cinematography is very good and almost awe-inspiring at times. The special FX are pretty good as well.

This movie is a lot like Swordsman II. There's a lot of awesome visions and visual delights, but the action lacks any intensity and the talents of the leads are wasted (both Jet Li in Swordsman II and Michelle Yeoh in this). In the end, the film is entertaining but is essentially overrated for what it is.


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