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The Heroic Trio (1992)

Cast: Maggie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh, more...
Director: Johnny To, Johnny To
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Foreign, Hong Kong, Adventure, Comic Books, Superheroes, Martial Arts
Running Time: 86 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
In this cartoonish live-action martial arts feature, three female super-heroes battle the forces of evil in the form of a woman who has hatched a plot to create China's next ruler. Over the years, she has stolen over a dozen children from their families. She hopes to raise them in a way that will make them into ruthless supermen. Among other things, the children are "hardened" by feeding them with human flesh. Thief-Catcher, Invisible Woman, and Wonder Women use their incomparable kung-fu skills to battle their nemesis and even some of the more seriously ruined children in order to protect the world from being taken over by them. Along the way, two of the women discover that they are sisters who were separated as infants. The film contains some scenes showing cruelty and violence being handed out to infants and children, and these may be distasteful for many. Viewers should also note that the Wonder Woman in this film is not based on the American comic-book character portrayed by Lynda Carter, but is a home-grown Chinese invention. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

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superhero Kung-fu Schlock by MrMiscreant March 4, 2005 - 10:36 AM PST
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3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
If Roger Corman produced a low budget Hong Kong actioneer and Ed Wood directed it, you'd get The Heroic Trio.

What really amazes me about this movie is the SFX. The movie was made in 92 but if not for the decent film quality and the fact that Michelle Yeoh is in it you wouldn't know. The SFX are pure 1950's technology.

There's not a stitch of CGI in sight, there's a ton of wire work and absoluley no attempt to hide or erase the wires, I don't even remember there being a slow motion shot. When was the last time a you saw an action movie without a slow motion shot? All it needed was a visible boom mike or two and I'd have been laughing too hard to move. As it is the final scene when the bad guy "takes over" The Invisible Girl's body had me rolling on the couch. Pure Genius.

a classic, sort of by maritoni July 17, 2004 - 3:29 PM PDT
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
it's film i've meant to see for ages and when i finally buckled down and did it it was not quite what i expected. other reviewer's note about no original language is one big disappointment. the other is how dated it feels. though a lot of the action sequences hold up pretty well, the costumes and f/x are so cheese it's laughable and launches this more into the hokey/campy arena. nonetheless, it's always fun to see chicks kick butt, especially these legendary hk actors. i would peg this as a must see, just because it is if you're into the genre, not because it's particularly great.

Edited version by cyrix July 7, 2004 - 7:23 PM PDT
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4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
**Warning**: This is the edited incomplete Miramaxe version 85 minutes. Find the real Tai Seng version.

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