Whatever reason did I have to watch The Heroic Trio do you think? Well it does feature three of the most beautiful Hong Kong action cinema stars in the same movie playing superheroes. Michelle Yeoh (Invisible Woman), Anita Mui (Wonder Woman) and Maggie Cheung (Thief Catcher), this movie should of been called The Heavenly Trio.
I so loved all the martial arts movies filling the video stores as a kid, it was impossible to ever get enough. Entertainment was guaranteed as our stars literally flew through unthinkable moves at breakneck speed. Smashing and kicking their way into every teenagers lives. With outrageous, breathtaking action sequences and stunning choreographed, full force fighting scenes galore. With even time to squeeze in a bunch of comic, slapstick moments within all the carnage.
Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan and Biao Yuen (to name just a few) worked their charms and magic into our hearts. But the girls were just as kickass as the guys. All three buttsmashing beauties from of The Heroic Trio have starred with legend Jackie Chan. Maggie Cheung was in the game changing Police Story (1985) and the sequels. Michelle Yeoh was a tough Chinese agent in Police Story 3 – Supercop (1992) and Anita Mui joins Jackie in Rumble In The Bronx (1995) well Vancouver Canada to be exact.
Michelle Yeoh has always been my super crush and she holds the title for the best and most effective Bond girl by far in my eyes. Not only beautiful in Tomorrow Never Dies, she isn’t just eye candy, she outshines Bonds skills and quite frankly saves the film from being a total turkey. The Heroic Trio was a film of hers I had missed and discovering it recently with that golden ticket of her being joined with Maggie and Anita, I was transported back to my youth with a giant smile upon my face.
Was it any good? Well the three sexy girls did not disappoint. With figure hugging catsuits, suspenders and fishnet stockings, you gotta make way for this tough, feisty and brave trio. With an ample array of weapons at their disposal, from extendable swords, to throwing stars shaped like angel wings and a trusty shotgun, these three superhumans make a formidable force. But first they have to team together!
What could bring them together do you think? Well a subterranean evil master demon has started a monstrous plan to kidnap newborn baby’s and create a new supernatural emperor. With a disillusioned servant to help steal the babys on the outside of his underground lair, the evil master has his plan almost complete. Until the Chief Of Police son is taken after a valiant effort from Wonder Woman to save the child, he resorts to the help of a bounty hunter AKA Thief Catcher. Soon the two will join to fight this invisible foe and their pasts might reveal a forgotten secret.
It’s a bombastic fantasy brimming with amazing choreography and well shot photography, the superb set pieces are gorgeously filmed. The underground demon lair is eerily atmospheric and otherworldly strange. Yeah it is also filled with cheesy dialogue and there’s lots of zany slapstick humor but don’t feel this is PG light! When there’s a moment to add something shocking and ridiculously over the top, they don’t hesitate to add it. Cannibalism, baby death’s, weird beheading instruments, urination and the less said about the end the better, let me just say you’re in for a riotous treat at the end. It’s shocking and equally hilarious at the same time.
It gave me such a nostalgic feeling watching this and makes me wanna go back to so many Hong Kong classics I so loved in my youth. But wait! low and behold there is a sequel! Heroic Trio 2: Executioners (1993) I’m gonna have to see that so very soon.
Have you see this one? Sure many martial arts junkies have. Or do you have good memories of the beloved Asian movie explosion hitting our video rental stores. Shelves filled with Golden Harvest and Shaw Brothers titles and tons of crazy entertaining hours of pure fun.