Heroic Trio (1993)

April 22, 2003 • Film, hong kong, Reviews

Directors: Johnnie To Kei-Fung
Action Director: Ching Siu-Tung
Script: Sandy Shaw
Producer: Ching Siu-Tung

Michelle Yeoh (Invisible Girl)
Anita Mui Yim-Fong (Wonder Woman)
Maggie Cheung (Thief Catcher)
Damian Lau (Inspector Lau)
Hui Siu-Hung (Ronald)
Anthony Wong (Kau)

Cantonese: Dung Fong Saam Hap
Mandarin: Dong1 Fang1 San1 Xia2
Literally: Eastern Three Heroes
Country: Hong Kong

Language: Cantonese
Running Time: 95 min


“Heroic Trio is a stylish, engaging film with plenty of action for those of you who tune in just for the martial arts. Folks in need of a plot will probably be happy with the complex set of events and large cast of characters, not to mention the emotional conflicts. If you want action, it’s there in spades, and it’s action like you’ve never seen before. Guaranteed. And that’s just about the highest recommendation we can give to this kind of film.”

–Chris Holland & Scott Hamilton, Stomp Tokyo Reviews

“This is the kind of movie you want to see when you’re looking for all out insanity. It’s just so out there, you’ve got to love the filmmakers for their imagination.”


“Give me sexy, gorgeous, scantily-clad superheroines who can kick my ass with martial arts, grand special effects, buckets of dead babies and tortured cannibal tots, and I’m there! You have to see this film!

A question comes to mind: Why do we have to go to Hong Kong to get this type of high-quality, action-packed, digust-o-rama movies? Hello? American movie producers? Are you out there? ”

–David Masters,

“A Hong Kong combination of Batman and The Three Musketeers, The Heroic Trio is a winning mix of action, sci-fi, fantasy, and police caper starring three outstanding Hong Kong actresses. Former popular singer Anita Mui is Tung/Wonder Woman, a mysterious crime fighter who aids the police whenever needed. Michelle Yeoh is Ching/Invisible Woman, an unwilling disciple to an age-old Evil Master, and Maggie Cheung is Chat/Thief Catcher, a runaway enlisted by the Evil Master who is now a bounty hunter for hire. When baby boys are being stolen for a horrific plan, Tung assists in the investigation while Chat plans to make some bucks off of catching the culprit. The baby thief is none other than Ching, who is carrying out the kidnappings for the Evil Master with the aid of her lover’s invention–an invisible robe. But the good in her wins out, and she joins forces with Tung and Chat. This is a superhero film, to be sure. Fantastic sets and impressive wire-strung fight choreography make The Heroic Trio extremely fun to watch. Wonder Woman enters the picture by running full-tilt atop power lines while Chat rides a motorcycle and wields a shotgun like the Terminator. The outlandish and complicated plot seems right at home here, heightened by the moody lighting and the combined screen presence of Mui, Yeoh, and Cheung. All three give fierce and touching performances in a hyperbolic and enjoyable film.”

—Shannon Gee, • Buy DVD

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