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The Heroic Trio (1993)

Dung fong sam hap (original title)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

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 English dubbed version re-released in the US is slightly cut. See more »

Connections

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

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Female Heart
Music by Ta-Yu Lo
Lyrics by Xi Lin
Performed by Anita Mui
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A magnificent living comic book
9 January 2007 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

"The Heroic Trio" is a ridiculously over-the-top, magnificent living comic book that marks China's biggest foray into the martial arts-superhero genre by giving birth to three originals - super-heroines, who definitely know how to kick a** and seem to be riffs on iconic American super-heroines (the Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four and DC Comics' Wonder Woman come to mind) - and assembling three top Chinese actresses (Michelle Yeoh, the late Anita Mui, and Maggie Cheung) to play the leads. The director in charge of this flawed, albeit spectacularly entertaining flick is Johnny To. True to most Asian martial arts cinema, To keeps the action fast, furious, and completely unbelievable. For example, in one sequence, are heroes are battling an evil henchman who has taken hostages at a subway station. The train is in for a head-on collision. The henchman, who's packing the dreaded flying guillotine, has already offed several hostages. In crashes our heroines, riding full-throttle on a motorcycle, and they somehow ride up on the wall and jump off - spiraling - toward the henchman. The day you see a flying motorcycle in an American martial arts movie (or any other movie) is the day pigs fly (and CGI can make it happen, unless you stuff a hog in a cannon). But the story of "The Heroic Trio" is that the three rival super-heroines Invisible Woman (Yeoh), Wonder Woman (Mui), and Thief Catcher (Cheung) must band together if they are to find out who is responsible for several baby-nappings in Hong Kong. All possess great powers and abilities, and their mission will take them from the streets and back-alleys of the city to the demonic underworld. The three leads are pretty and tough, and handled themselves accordingly. The shoddy script gets in the way of To's over-direction, and never quite lives up to the potential that I think it was truly capable of. A flawed, though hyper-active and entertaining entry in the Chinese superhero genre.

7/10


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