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Poster for The Heroic Trio (1992) 4K Restoration

The Heroic Trio (1992) 4K Restoration

Opens on June 23

Director: Johnnie To Run Time: 88 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1993

Starring: Anita Mui, Anthony Wong, Damian Lau, Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh

Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese, English

About the film:

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 1996 international breakthrough Irma Vep), a kick-butt showcase for three of the coolest women warriors to ever hit the screen.

About the filmmaker:

Johnnie To is one of Hong Kong’s most prolific and masterful filmmakers. He has directed and produced more than 70 features in a career spanning five decades. Though he has crafted gripping and touching stories in a variety of genres, he is best known internationally for his action and crime movies – such as The Mission (1999), Election (2005), Exiled (2007) and Vengeance (2009) – that have earned him cult status and critical acclaim, as well as commercial success and recognition at major film festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Toronto. Among his other acclaimed features, Life Without Principle (2011) was selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards. In 1996, he co-founded production company Milkyway Image, working closely with writer-director Wai Ka-fai.

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