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cover: Heroic Trio, The (Dongfang San Xia)

Heroic Trio, The (Dongfang San Xia)

Director(s): Johnny To

Theatrical Release: 1992

Cast: Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh, Anita Mui, Anthony Wong, Damian Lau, James Pak

Genre(s): Action, martial arts, comic book, Adventure, Fantasy

Countries: Hong Kong


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Running Time: 86m.

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. (allmovie.com)
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