The Heroic Trio
Director: Johnnie To Run Time: 88 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1993
Starring: Anita Mui, Anthony Wong, Damian Lau, Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh, Shi-Kwan Yen
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. – Janus Films
Don’t miss the new restoration of EXECUTIONERS (aka THE HEROIC TRIO 2), also showing this weekend!