The Heroic Trio (Johnnie To, 1993)
The Heroic Trio
(Johnnie To, 1993, 83 min, Hong Kong, Cantonese w/ English subtitles, Color, DCP)
-- Introduced by Prof. Eileen Cheng-yin Chow (AMES)
The supernova star power of Hong Kong cinema icons Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh, and Anita Mui propels this gloriously unrestrained action extravaganza from genre maestro Johnnie To, which injects its martial-arts mayhem with a blast of comic-book lunacy. They are the knife-throwing, shotgun-toting, kung-fu-fighting super-heroines who must overcome their dark pasts in order to defeat an evil, baby-snatching eunuch who is terrorizing Hong Kong. Eye-popping motorcycle stunts, brain-exploding skeletons, infant cannibals, and kinetically choreographed wire work are all part of the delirium in this unstoppably entertaining cult favorite (referenced in Cheung's international breakthrough Irma Vep), a kick-butt showcase for three of the coolest women warriors to ever hit the screen. New 4K Restoration.
"A commercial hit in Hong Kong and a cult movie in the US, The Heroic Trio is a wacky pastiche of superheroes, comic book violence, and martial arts... It has more verve, invention, and fun than the dour, bloated, and straining seriousness of the Marvel Craptastic Universe." -Tanner Tafelski, Brooklyn Magazine
View trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rmTtBeF_vM&feature=emb_title
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